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[Sawgrass DirectAdvantage] Convert to DuPont ink

 
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Old February 9th, 2013 Feb 9, 2013 5:07:05 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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I have recently been given a Direct Advantage machine that has not been used in a while. The machine seems to work mechanically and am about to change out the print head in order to get the printer completely up and running.

I am running out of the sawgrass naturalink and am considering a change to DuPonts ink.

Has anybody tried this? If so, feedback would be appreciated.

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If you plan on keeping it CMYK only then I suggest the Sawgrass ink. I have a DTG, Tjet3, that I have running Sawgrass. Prints wash better. It seems they have a bit of dye sub ink in there, colors stay brighter, cure temp is higher 385 for 25 sec. It would like 400 but the cotton scorches. If you go to dupont it will be 335-350 for 1 min. So production speed. How about cost well buying either in carts is expensive. But Sawgrass really takes you the cleaners. However the Natralink was available in bulk at a much lower price. You can buy refillable carts from inkjetcarts. Com. Refill your own same with dupont. If you decide to swap out 4 to white then stick with sealed carts on white. If it has been sitting for a while you probably need head, capping station, lines, and dampers.
Dupont ink has better pricing, a lot more competition!

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I have recently been given a Direct Advantage machine that has not been used in a while. The machine seems to work mechanically and am about to change out the print head in order to get the printer completely up and running.

I am running out of the sawgrass naturalink and am considering a change to DuPonts ink.

Has anybody tried this? If so, feedback would be appreciated.

BG

You can switch out your ink. However, you have to keep in mind that the RIP software that came with the printer was probably color profiled to the Sawgrass ink. If you switch to another ink brand you may find that the color output of your prints may be different.


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Default Re: Convert to DuPont ink

True Harry. But in the past they did not use a true rip. Just a print driver on steroids. When I switched mine from dupont to Sawgrass I did not have much of a color issue, if any. But I was using a true Rip and adobe rgb setting seemed to work. Obviously if you want to add white capability to it you need a good rip and I am not sure of the Sawgrass capability with white ink. In that case use dupont for both. My suggestion is stick with dual cmyk!
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