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Bob,

I think he might mean putting silcone sealant around the area where the cables plug into the printhead. this will prevent ink or liquid running down the cable right into the head. Belquette does this on Mod 1 printheads with a redish orange rubber gasket type stuff.
OK, that makes sense. That red gasket material is non-conductive and is tough as nails. Good call.

Thanks,

Bob
 

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OK, that makes sense. That red gasket material is non-conductive and is tough as nails. Good call.

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Bob
yes. theres several material types you can use...

I tried reaching you by phone... email me the number where i can get you at, ill go over a few things with you this week end regarding the 1400 build.. along with the screen print underbase mod..

i have a plan that will make this build extremely easy for diyers, i will end up doing some private videos for the diy clan to add to randys pdf of my work in an effort to keep it out of the hands of the people selling my stuff for as long as possible this coupled with trademark and copyright of my designs should deter people copying my stuff for profit purposes.. i will be forwarding this to randy aswell for his future postings however this will be a bit down the road yet... still working with screen print ink tests.. which is all coming together fairly quick starting to recieve results and modified samples...;)

i also have another addition on the project "electronic mastermind".. i guy i do some projects for which does alot of casino gaming and lottery equiptment electronics.. intrested to get his input on these machines...
 

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and will you use solvent ink for this method?
Im focusing on water based because this is what most use in the dtgs and is envioronmentally friendly and all that jazz.. Its also what most screen print ink manufactures are interested in (because this equals the biggest market as far as sales because most machines use a dupont ink... however it could grow from that point;)
 

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Hey just a quick advice for everyone making there own CISS - I used silicone tubes and PVC ( polyvinyl chloride ) Tubes - Both are very resistant. But the silicone tubes ( softer ones ) cause nothing but problems. When you prime the cartiges or dampers with them there is a negative pressure inside the tubes and the silicone ones suck the ink back over night. This also means that air is sucked in. So you better use PVC.
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I'll give you a call this Friday... Am or PM good for you?

Bob ?;O)
Great conversation as usual Bob... you have certainly been getting the foundation laid for your system... Cant wait to see the first production to roll off the presses...

keep me updated and best wishes, i know you will succeed with your drive and determination, thats 3/4 of the formula IMHO..:)
 

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Great conversation as usual Bob... you have certainly been getting the foundation laid for your system... Cant wait to see the first production to roll off the presses...

keep me updated and best wishes, i know you will succeed with your drive and determination, thats 3/4 of the formula IMHO..:)
Will do... I'm printing a small run for my Kenpo Karate club this weekend. I'll post a pic when I can get to it.... It's a simple four color design on a black shirt.

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I just looked at the brochure for the new Epson R2000 which is replacing the R1900. I was told the R1900 was discontinued because of parts shortages. The R2000 has one feature that could be a big benefit for DTG printing. The new design automatically mixes the pigments in the ink for more consistent color. I think this could translate into less clogged print heads if it keeps the pigments in the ink form settling.
Here is what the brochure states.

This 8-color pigment ink system utilizes a new technology, Ink Density Optimization, that automatically
mixes the pigments in the ink for more consistent color. These advanced technologies combine to produce
outstanding image quality that stays true even in high-speed and lower resolution print modes.

Philip
that could be very interesting for getting poping bright colors, image the rip can mix a white channel with a red to get a super bright pink?

its also mentioning:

Load only one sheet of 13 x 19-inch media in the manual feed tray. For poster board, make sure there is enough space behind the printer for the media to feed through.

so you can load posterboard (never heard of it) but its supposed to be a thick material, it going all the way thru the printer! maybe we dont even have to modify anything anymore haha

i'm gonna take a look when they come out. they cost 499 euro, the r1900 was 650 when it came out here in NL

also very interested to see 1400 planns. is there any major difference with r1900?
 

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Hello. I'm working on a friction-drive, R1900 with drawer slides. I was hoping to get some advice from anyone here: how do I make the drawer slides adjustable? So they can be moved up or down?

I was thinking of using wingnuts in the four corners and just lowering or raising each corner by hand while making sure the drawer is level- but that may be a lot of work and could cause problems...? Any ideas?:confused:
 

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hi friends,
plz guide me that how can i view complete details including videos of a successful DIY DTG Printer like t-dozer?

can we make a DTG on a large format plotter type printer?

thanks for any input
Hey Friend ;)

For videos and information you have to read the whole Thread .. sooner or later you should or have to do this anyway if you want to build a DTG printer...

You could use a large format printer, but not a plotter ( well anything is possible.. but ...) The people here use epson printers like the R1400 or r1900, start with the 1400 - this is a good choise and you can't loose that much money if you screw something up - just in case. Have fun building ;) and read before you start .. ;)
 

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Hey Jeff, Are you ever going to be able to sell actual kits for people to build their own T-Dozer DTG?

Also if I buy the Epson r1900, is the take apart process going to go smooth?
I have no plans of selling any type of kit, i just build them for my own use:) You can get a ton of info on the forums here regarding the build.. lots of people have built them and are now helping others...;) just read as much as you can..

I have been experimenting alot with some screen printing.. I really like the qauility/washability of the screen print product... i would highly advise doing as much homework as you can and find out which printing method fits your needs and or business model... I wish i had tried the screen printing first it works best for what we are after (which is not one offs)

you have alot of choices of decoration methods... All i can say is do your homework.. look at samples from various methods of decorating... then pick your poison:D I was looking for a clean easy method with dtg, but in reality dtg is not as easy as it looks there are alot of variables the cost of consumables is high and the production is slow in comparrison to other methods..:) In my opinion a dtg machine needs to run constantly to make profit and make the machine happy.. If this doesnt fit your game plan consider contract dtg before you make the plunge .. even diydtg is not cheap to build and maintain the equiptment...!!! Full color photographic prints are very cool and fun to print but has not been the reality of most requests for shirts we have received.. we generally get the 1-3 color requests and when we create custom stuff of our own forsale it is in this same color range aswell which doesnt make much sense to use a dtg for due to the high cost and slow production..

do some research look at the high fashion items people wear or whats selling browse the malls etc.. again it depends on your business model and what you are producing/selling.. i honestly doubt we will use the dtg much after we found how much we like the screen printed product.. lot of people think they will just set up an online tshirt depot with dtg and get rich..lol for from reality, there are a million of these online and i havnt seen any super success stories with the exception of zazzle and the likes... Find your niche but dont go broke doing it, sales is first and foremost before any equiptment/ you can contract out to anyone... After comparing dtg and screen print first hand I see dtg printing as a better for novelty type items. the prints are not as vibrant as screen print and will not last any where near a screen printed item.. I myself if i had it to do all over again would have first invested in a table top screen press or a youtees type setup (far cheaper and far more profitable IMHO..) Dont get me wrong theres a place for dtg, but it needs to fit what your doing...... better stop there:D

just my honest overview based on my experiences..

BEST OF LUCK
 

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That's good advice, however I design my own pieces, and see that there is great potential in DTG . I do have connections with screen printing shops however I am not impressed with the amount of time they take to prepare screens, and then also charge a lot.

However with my upcoming brand it would be nice to have a DIYDTG around to print samples. With this in mind - Just a simple CISS and a wide format printer would be a good start for me. I am however deciding whether to get a Epson r1900 or 1400, because clearly the 1400 is lower in price, so the risk is less.

Just wondering about your thoughts on this matter.

I mean it would be fun testing out and trying this myself, however I wouldn't call myself very tech savvy with Printer parts. I've also noticed a lot of models on youtube that don't have wooden bases? which is pretty awesome cause they don't even strip the plastic off the printers.

I wonder how they did it ~.~
 

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That's good advice, however I design my own pieces, and see that there is great potential in DTG . I do have connections with screen printing shops however I am not impressed with the amount of time they take to prepare screens, and then also charge a lot.

However with my upcoming brand it would be nice to have a DIYDTG around to print samples. With this in mind - Just a simple CISS and a wide format printer would be a good start for me. I am however deciding whether to get a Epson r1900 or 1400, because clearly the 1400 is lower in price, so the risk is less.

Just wondering about your thoughts on this matter.

I mean it would be fun testing out and trying this myself, however I wouldn't call myself very tech savvy with Printer parts. I've also noticed a lot of models on youtube that don't have wooden bases? which is pretty awesome cause they don't even strip the plastic off the printers.

I wonder how they did it ~.~
which printer you chose depends on what your needs are as far as production etc.. if you plan on jetting white ink then the 1900 or an eight channel printer is the way to go..


all the diydtg printers that you see even the ones with the original plastic are heavily modified!! the electronics need to be relocated as well as the drive system and a path cut thru the rear of the printer frame...

so basically those with the original skins are striped down completely reworked and the original skin reapplied which has little to no function besides being a cover;)
 
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