Has nobody ever wondered why if making your own cheap DTG machine is that simple, there aren't dozens of small businesses already out there, offering them for sale?
I think you already answered your own question.Call me Mister Cynical BobbieLee, but with 98,000 plus people having read this thread, it is probably the thought of having a DTG for little more money than a regular inkjet printer, that has stimulated this level of interest.
I experiment with things myself all the time and wouldn't discourage anyone from exploring every possible option. Following off one of the threads on here, I even found someone actually selling heat presses made from wood. What I am asking, is why lower priced DTG printers are not available commercially at the moment, if they are apparently quite simple to build?
I am not specifically relating just to this thread Adam, but to the whole concept of getting a working DTG for very little money. A lot of people reading this thread might wrongly assume that it is a practical proposition to have a machine they can use commercially, whereas the reality is, that would be unlikely.I don't think there was ever a claim anywhere on this thread that stated the DIY DTG machines (which were demonstrated) are comparable to a higher end machine like a T-Jet, Kiosk, Flexi, Kornit, etc.
The truth is that there are several people already using their DIY DTG machines to print and sell shirts, so that is using it for a commercial purpose.I am not specifically relating just to this thread Adam, but to the whole concept of getting a working DTG for very little money. A lot of people reading this thread might wrongly assume that it is a practical proposition to have a machine they can use commercially, whereas the reality is, that would be unlikely.
There are quite a few videos on You Tube showing DIY and 'alternative' DTG machines. One of these feautures a machine in an oriental sweatshop. For those who have seen the video, I am referring to the one where the printed tee is taken out of the machine then subjected to detergent and a scrubbing brush. In that type of financial environment, it is likely that the machine is a serious attempt at a commercial machine, rather than a project.
I am certain that if a proper engineering business with all the necessary expertise could offer a reliable conversion of existing inkjet machines, the products would already be out there on sale. Projects are fine on their own, but if it encourages people to tear a perfectly good printer to pieces, with the hope of getting a lower cost working DTG printer out of it, then it truly is giving the wrong impression.
I think it could be a cool idea-since you would be spelling out in advance what would be included and what would not. I think alot of people would have been happy had they paid lots less for their printers without support- similar to buying used.i would imagine there are all sorts of hoops to jump through to do one officaly, im only talking about a sold as seen no warranty at all type of thing (similar type of risk to buying blind from china), some email support yes but that would be it, before anyone jumps down my throat this is all hypothetical i havent actualy sold anything to anybody and im not totally convinced i would want to.
If you're not having a poke at us, then I'm not sure what exactly you're getting at. There are several things left to tackle on the DIY DTG machines such as raising lowering the print bed / platen. Everyone that has a working DIY DTG approached it differently, and would like to make it better. Some of us are using wood, others are using metal. I think as time goes on and more people join in the project then maybe we'll agree on some type of standard for building components on the machine.The whole point of me bringing this subject up in the first place, was not to 'have a poke' at the people making their own DIY DTG printers, but simply asking the question why nobody has brought out a kit to convert inkjets to cheap DTG machines, or even offer finished machines for sale?
I am sure I lot of people on here would be very happy to purchase a lower cost DTG machine, even if it didn't have all the 'bells and whistles' of a more expensive machine.
I don't know why US companies havent but the Chinese have. Perhaps you could send out a few letters to some Engineering firms and let us know?I am not on about enthusiastic amateurs working on a project, good luck to them if they get a cheap DTG working. I am asking why commercial enterprises with trained engineers and production facilities, haven't picked up on the fact that there is blatantly a huge demand for a lower cost, lower featured DTG machines.
It is only a matter of time before the Chinese enter the DTG machine supply arena, as they have done with other areas. I would rather see a Western manufacturer offer a more cost effective alternative, rather than the 'floodgates be opened'.
I am looking at this topic purely in a financial context, with no disrespect to anyone.