I almost pulled the trigger on purchasing an EasyT printer. I went to see an actual demonstration of the machine through one of the local sales reps (open house). I drove 8 hours round trip. The rep was not able to get the machine to print. He called the manufacturer several times on the phone, but no one answered (it was a Saturday).
As the rep was troubleshooting issues with the printer, I got to see the guts of the machine. My observations.... it looked like a DIY machine. There is a lot of plastic. The joints/welds are poorly done; very little attention to detail is given to the machine. There are a myriad of other defects in craftsmanship that certainly turned me off to the machine (even if it had actually worked).
The biggest flaw, however, is in its design (especially if you plan on printing with white ink). The user must manually set the platen prior to printing. Should you not move it back to EXACTLY the same location prior to the second pass, you're gonna have registration issues and a failed print.
Could this machine work for printing only CMYK... possibly.
Would this machine be a viable choice for using white ink... doubtful.
Should you require tech support, will the manufacturer be available to help... not that I've witnessed.
In my opinion, the EasyT is a glorified garage built unit. It is far overpriced @ $7,000.00.
I agree with your post 100%.. As you will note there printer resembles our original diy that was made in 2010 (plastic aswell).. I have been sent pictures of the printer from a purchaser asking how to repair some plastic parts that were broken (Im a plastic fabricator by trade) one thing i noticed right off was that the plastic components were solvent glued not welded as welding plastic requires skill and is the most durable method with a structure that needs to keep form for accuracy/strength etc.. Plastic has a flex with temp change (a good example is if you have vinyl siding on your house and if you have ever heard flexing noises poping noises while grilling out
, with vinyl siding when installed it has elongated holes in which fastners (nails) go thru there elongated because its designed for this movement in temp change the fastners are postioned to allow the elongation to travel(allowing the vinyl to flex rather than break.. this is where welding comes into play, when welded the unit is one and will travel/flex as one, if solvent welded (glue) you have the possibility of one piece going one way and one going the opposite with temperature change (the back of a shipping truck gets hot) resulting in a structure break/failure at the glued joint and can take as little as 5/10 degrees temp flux.. different plastic materials ie pvc/abs glue mating should be avoided at all possible cost as they have different temp points /welding capability no matter the method one should have significate training in plastic fabrication with a certification (you wouldnt want the plumber doing your electrical wiring? when retailing expensive equipt
.. If you dont have proper training/experience when fabricating plastic you dont understand the properties of different plastics and what might,could or would/will happen under given circumstances.. judging by the pictures the craftmanship appeared poor at best on the plastic fabrication.. although very similar to our diy unit they changed a few things how the platen travels (the slides) there unit uses aluminum angle as the slide unit and attaches the bearings to the platen tray itself similar to what this vid shows..
Building a CNC Machine Part 3 - YouTube
Its my opinion that for fact there are commercial materials avail inexpensive to take the place of the labor required to fab this diy method..
they also have a floating (spring loaded feed rod aswell) which drops to disengage the friction feed to return the platen.. not sure why they have a couple of the things they have in that system
Some things were left unaltered on the original epson printer that should have been altered to avoid any possibilty of error..
sore subject for me but i keep getting emails regarding its similarity, the latest one i recieved stated there distributor is suppling the same rip software we developed with ek for our diy machine, easily seen as it says t-dozer in the platen sizes area of the rip (shoulld tell you something)!!
thats my review on the plastic fab portion as a veteran plastic fabricator..
as far as the platen being manual, its no issue with registration.. if there is a stop in place to position the platen, we have been using this type system along with several other diy dtg builders and it works flawless.. Its the same concept of the epson printer if you put paper into the paper tray and print an image and put the same paper back thru and print the same image it will be exactly in the same spot!! of course good craftmanship on the hardware dictates its performance..If i were to guess manufacture cost epson 2000= 450, rip software retail 850, plastic/diy components 200 for a total of about 1500 ish not including labor.. If this where a reality show on plastic fabrication/design it would not have made it past the pitch..IMHO..
If your in the market for entry level dtg i would hold off and see whats available in the next couple months, jmho but 7-8000 dollar diy style printer is way way over priced, especially considering commercial models can be had that are 1-2 years old in this range.. I recently had the chance to review another manufacturers printer, which has a steel/aluminum construction,components are professionally assembled and looks to be a great unit for nearly half this retail price..im not sure how close they are to launch but i know there are more than a dozen already built.. P.S I have no financial interest/ownership/input with this unit either.. just an honest review on the unit i viewed.. seems there are several people in the entry level class getting ready/close to launching something...