[M & R i-Dot] New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!! - T-Shirt Forums
 

Hi, Unregistered. | Today's Posts

T-Shirt Forums
User Name
Password

Register Today For Free!

Forgot Your Password?





Site Navigation








+   T-Shirt Forums > T-Shirt Industry Information > Direct to Garment (DTG) Inkjet Printing > M & R Digital
Discussion, tips, pictures, reviews and peer to peer support for current and future owners of the M & R Digital series of DTG printers.



[M & R i-Dot] New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Like Tree4Likes

 
Share This Thread Thread Tools
Old May 7th, 2014 May 7, 2014 9:38:37 AM -   #1 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

So after some months of working with Anthony over at DTG Printer Parts, a new head, new dampers, capping station and fresh Firebird inks... I have the I-dot purring.
Its a first gen. I-dot and has some pretty cool features. An auto reset for the cartridges and maint tank from the menu(no reset chip needed). Auto clean and nozzle checks that I can set to every couple hours that the machine is not in use to keep the ink agitated. A pretty decent RIP with time and ink cost calc. The stock computer keeps everything locked in while running Win XP(not connected to the internet).
Still learning all the little nuances of the RIP but M&R still fully supports this machine and even offers a class, just have to make my way to IL.

Below pics is a sample and were not mass produced or resold, but printed to demonstrate the printers capabilities.


 
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old May 12th, 2014 May 12, 2014 8:12:45 PM -   #2 (permalink)
Forum Member
T-Shirt Apprentice

hlb110's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2012
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

That is a nice print!
I am planning to start using FB inks. Are you using all firebirds products? (pretreatment, cmyk, white ink.) What is the brand's and type of shirt you are showing here? Have you done the test wash on this particular shirt? Did you ever use Dupont ink and if so would you share any recommendations on how to do the transition .
Sorry for so many questions at once; please don't feel the need to answer all at once. I own a 2nd generation Idot. When I first got it, my love for it lasted only 3 weeks.
After that, I hated it for several months to finally married myself to this machine.
It is a great machine! not quite perfect but I love her! Im finally making a profit and at times I get overwhelm with orders.
Thank you for your post!
 
The Following User Says Thank You to hlb110 For This Useful Post:
cornpopps (May 13th, 2014)
Old May 12th, 2014 May 12, 2014 8:38:25 PM -   #3 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master
Thread Starter

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Using all Firerd inks cmyk and whites. I had some old Dupont inks and put them in and it ended clogging my head, not the inks fault I was just eager and didn't check any dates. Using Image Armor light and dark with an auto pre treat machine.
I agree it's not perfect but it's getting the job done.
 
The Following User Says Thank You to cornpopps For This Useful Post:
Smalzstein (May 14th, 2014)
 
Old May 12th, 2014 May 12, 2014 10:17:20 PM -   #4 (permalink)
Senior Member
Certified T-Shirt Junkie


DTGPRINTERPARTS's Avatar
 
You can call me: Anthony Bruce Creek
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,529
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 534
Thanked 448 Times in 370 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Man I'm super stoked we got you up and running. It was all you though. I just gave you the info and its up to you to do the rest. You got a great machine and a sweet deal!
 
The Following User Says Thank You to DTGPRINTERPARTS For This Useful Post:
cornpopps (May 13th, 2014)
Old May 13th, 2014 May 13, 2014 7:17:38 AM -   #5 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master
Thread Starter

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Thanks again Anthony for your help and for only being a 1 day ship away

HLB- Forgot to answer that the T-Shirt is the JERZEES - HiDENSI-T
 
Old May 13th, 2014 May 13, 2014 8:32:02 AM -   #6 (permalink)
Senior Member
Certified T-Shirt Junkie


DTGPRINTERPARTS's Avatar
 
You can call me: Anthony Bruce Creek
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,529
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 534
Thanked 448 Times in 370 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

No problem buddy. Just glad you're up and running. Time to cash in!
 
Old May 14th, 2014 May 14, 2014 4:18:47 PM -   #7 (permalink)
Forum Member
T-Shirt Apprentice

hlb110's Avatar
 
Member Since: May 2012
Posts: 4
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

thanks for the replies! Kind of busy here.
Jerzees? mm! I worked with some in the past but didn't have good results. Now I am using gildan 2000 and triple A. any testing on the washability? Not sure how long you have with your machine but when I moved mine to the basement humidity was a big factor. 50f/55f seems to do the trick for this machine. I read when you print white FB ink and then you stretched the shirt, you get some kind of elasticity. have you experience this?
 
Old May 15th, 2014 May 15, 2014 8:17:58 AM -   #8 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master
Thread Starter

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by hlb110
thanks for the replies! Kind of busy here.
Jerzees? mm! I worked with some in the past but didn't have good results. Now I am using gildan 2000 and triple A. any testing on the washability? Not sure how long you have with your machine but when I moved mine to the basement humidity was a big factor. 50f/55f seems to do the trick for this machine. I read when you print white FB ink and then you stretched the shirt, you get some kind of elasticity. have you experience this?
Have you used the Hi DensiT version of the Jerzees? Its a tight wind and lays real flat and the price is great. Havent tried stretching it yet but I will when I find it.
I have about 4 wash cycles on it now I will see if I can get some pics up, I think my kid stole it
Out here in So Cal this week we are at our 3rd day of 95+heat and single digit humidity. I have a humidifier but I can't get it past 35%. This morning one White nozzle was at about 80% so I had to fill the capping station while the printer was turned off and let it sit about 30min. A couple cleanings and back up to 100%. Still at 30% humidity so we will see what happens but so far so good.
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 3:40:22 AM -   #9 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Aficionado

ghostofmedusa's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2013
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 63
Thanked 71 Times in 54 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Jerzees Hi-DensiT's are the best or DTG... Not the most comfortable tees, but made for DTG and screenprinters alike. Fibers don't rise at all... Recently printed on 55 of them and am really considering switching from the FOTL HD6 - which are very similar, just more expensive. They wont stretch much at all.
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 3:55:32 AM -   #10 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Aficionado

ghostofmedusa's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2013
Posts: 291
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 63
Thanked 71 Times in 54 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by cornpopps
This morning one White nozzle was at about 80% so I had to fill the capping station while the printer was turned off and let it sit about 30min. A couple cleanings and back up to 100%. Still at 30% humidity so we will see what happens but so far so good.
You can just fill the capping station with Firebird Cleaning Solution (to where it is bubbling over a little) and cap the printhead right on top of the solution, at the end of the night. So it sits right on the solution while it sleeps. Then you don't have to worry about humidity at all. Forget the humidifier, humidity is the enemy of electronics and circuit boards. Put that humidity only where it is necessary, right against the printhead.. I have been doing that for a couple years now, and never had a clog... Switched over to Firebird White a couple weeks ago, and nozzle checks have are at 99% everyday. Just remember to 'release' the printhead and turn on your pump for a few seconds, to drain the solution before printing again. iDot is a DX5 head just like mine, so capping station should the same...

Thats one thing that our Freejet has really taught us, it has an overly efficient (but very useful) plumbing system and it's sole purpose is to wet the printhead while not in use. Every machine should be equipped with that feature, IMO.
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 7:18:31 AM -   #11 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master
Thread Starter

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

[QUOTE
Thats one thing that our Freejet has really taught us, it has an overly efficient (but very useful) plumbing system and it's sole purpose is to wet the printhead while not in use. Every machine should be equipped with that feature, IMO.[/QUOTE]

Thanks T, I was wondering about that. The I-dot has an option where you can program cleaning and nozzle checks. For instance I have it doing an auto nozzle check every 4 hours and a auto clean every 6 hours to keep the ink agitated when the printer is not in use.
It doesn't do a normal 4880 wide bar nozzle check but a small 6 line print using minimal ink. I will keep the wetcap option in mind on really hot and dry days and nights.

My humidifier is an evaporative type so no steam. I do hate how much energy my humidifier takes up so I would be glad to get rid of it or at least minimize its use.
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 9:10:49 AM -   #12 (permalink)
Senior Member
Certified T-Shirt Junkie


DTGPRINTERPARTS's Avatar
 
You can call me: Anthony Bruce Creek
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,529
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 534
Thanked 448 Times in 370 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Quick question, how many hours did you the auto head cleanings set to?
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 10:13:33 AM -   #13 (permalink)
T-Shirt Lover
T-Shirt Master
Thread Starter

cornpopps's Avatar
 
You can call me: John
Member Since: Jan 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 386
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 77
Thanked 52 Times in 42 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Quote:
Originally Posted by DTGPRINTERPARTS
Quick question, how many hours did you the auto head cleanings set to?
Hey Anthony, I set it to every 6 hours, it will start the countdown after the last print. Actually that's a factory setting and I get a error msg if I change it.
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 11:12:12 AM -   #14 (permalink)
Senior Member
Certified T-Shirt Junkie


DTGPRINTERPARTS's Avatar
 
You can call me: Anthony Bruce Creek
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,529
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 534
Thanked 448 Times in 370 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

ok great, just let me know if you have any issues with anything. Want to make sure we take great care of you
 
Old May 19th, 2014 May 19, 2014 11:12:31 AM -   #15 (permalink)
Senior Member
Certified T-Shirt Junkie


DTGPRINTERPARTS's Avatar
 
You can call me: Anthony Bruce Creek
Member Since: Jul 2012
Location: Fresno, CA
Posts: 2,529
Mentioned: 8 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Thanks: 534
Thanked 448 Times in 370 Posts


Default Re: New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!!

Also keep me updated with Firebird, want to make sure everything is consistent
 
The Following User Says Thank You to DTGPRINTERPARTS For This Useful Post:
cornpopps (May 19th, 2014)






This is a discussion about New I-dot prints FINALLY!!!! that was posted in the M & R Digital section of the forums.

Quick Reply
Type Your Message Below:
Do NOT Post Self Promotional URLs, Advertisements, Sales Offers or Requests. It is against our Forum Guidelines.
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the T-Shirt Forums, you must first register.


Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

Your username must be between 2 and 16 characters and contain only letters and numbers (no special characters like hyphens, *, ', ~, etc)
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

A confirmation email will be sent to this address, so please make sure it is accurate and that your email software is set to allow emails from our domain: t-shirtforums.com (sometimes the confirmation email gets accidently filtered into Yahoo/AOL/Hotmail/Gmail spam folders)
.

You won't be able to post until your email address has been confirmed. We take your privacy very seriously. Feel free to review our Privacy Policy in a new window.
Email Address:
First Name
It's nice to be able to be on a "first name" basis with the people you talk to in a forum. This is a totally optional field; if you like being on a first name basis, please enter your first name below :)

Log-in


Thread Tools

Posting Rules

Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
[Anajet] Some custom Work / sleeve prints and converse prints mistoner Anajet 17 May 12th, 2015 08:12 AM
[M & R i-Dot] M& R i-Dot voodoobebe M & R Digital 2 August 28th, 2009 02:40 PM
I-dot bok Direct to Garment (DTG) Inkjet Printing 1 January 6th, 2009 11:37 AM
Do push prints distort image more than pull prints? kylerogers Screen Printing 7 November 11th, 2008 10:19 AM
22º angle dot vs 25º angle dot, wich one? tshirt newbie Screen Printing 10 August 22nd, 2008 08:05 AM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 01:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2020 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright 2004-2014 T-ShirtForums.com. All rights reserved.