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Thought i would post a new thread for those to post there working diydtg builds, this will allow builders to share there ideas and innovation in one thread.. The diydtg builds have come along way since i first started in 2010 and you tube is littered with them now!! this will give the potential builders a great format of innovation.. hopefully we will see alot of vids, info, and commentary on the diydtg builders/users experience..:) post em up.. This should be a very exiting year for advancments in machines as they evolve into advanced simplified designs..;) lets get some excitement going on in here again and take it to the next level..
 

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Printer prints great only in Epson Best Photo/Superfine EKPrint mode.Platens is from mediapan wood and plan is to change to klirit/plastic platens for best results.For white shirts I`M use Epson driver and Epson Easy Photo print soft.I`M find out when setup Epson Matt paper printer prints Black directly from black cartiges.Prints in amazing quality and EKPrint not even near this quality for white t-shirts as you can see from picture.EKPrint demo copy is expired and now i`m colecting money to buy one copy.This last is very hard part here.Only thing that anoys me is printing second pass/print job without powering off printer.Does anybody managed to get this with 1100 or 1400 printers without electronics/microcontrollers?
 

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Hello fellow builders and enthusiasts.
I finally finished my build. Now I just need to design a case for the printer. Mine is an Epson 1400 using friction drive.

I'm using PrintsRite bagged ink from Belquette http://www.belquette.com/printsriteinkbags.aspx.
I currently have CMYK installed but will be installing the white ink next week.

I'm using EKPrint Studio for my RIP http://www.eukondigital.com/index_files/Page970.htm.
Still trying to find that sweet spot between speed and quality with the RIP though.
I'd love to hear from others on what settings have worked for them in EK RIP. So far, "Heavy" "3" "Vivid" seems to give the best results.

Here's a link to the video I shot. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRqhiq6Zy0[/media] This is my first video attempt so it's not as polished as I'd like.
Please give me some feedback on what you think of the build and/or the video for that matter.

And, I must give a big THANK YOU to Jeff German for inspiring me to finally tackle this project.
Jeff, you are the man.:D

Ben
 

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Hello fellow builders and enthusiasts.
I finally finished my build. Now I just need to design a case for the printer. Mine is an Epson 1400 using friction drive.

I'm using PrintsRite bagged ink from Belquette http://www.belquette.com/printsriteinkbags.aspx.
I currently have CMYK installed but will be installing the white ink next week.

I'm using EKPrint Studio for my RIP http://www.eukondigital.com/index_files/Page970.htm.
Still trying to find that sweet spot between speed and quality with the RIP though.
I'd love to hear from others on what settings have worked for them in EK RIP. So far, "Heavy" "3" "Vivid" seems to give the best results.

Here's a link to the video I shot. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjRqhiq6Zy0[/media] This is my first video attempt so it's not as polished as I'd like.
Please give me some feedback on what you think of the build and/or the video for that matter.

And, I must give a big THANK YOU to Jeff German for inspiring me to finally tackle this project.
Jeff, you are the man.:D

Ben
Awesome Job, Ben:)

thanks for the kind words!! you will become a pro with the rip after trial and error experimentation (this is a step all dtg printers go thru whether diy or commercial including the pretreat process on black shirts).. I could never imagined what my little project would have become when i first started, seeing all the finished builds here and on youtube and hearing the feedback "even from commercial printer owners whom added a diy - it INSPIRED me to further my creations and we are working on another system currently..

It doesnt take long for a person to realize the competitive advantage they have of a diy in both machine cost and the ease of adding production.. It really puts you in control of your operation as a builder you understand how to work on these with ease and down time is not a factor as most serious printers have multiple units... keep up the good work look forword to seeing your cover design, however truth is the cover isnt making you money and if you notice alot of commercial printers run with there cover open to exhaust ink mist.. still want to see though;) If you plan on doing darks add an additional machine and dedicate it to white ink as this has many benefits one machine for cmyk and one for white ink "dark shirts" best of luck on your venture into dtg printing, learn the system and sell sell sell:D
 

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Very well said Jeff. Multiple diydtgs based on $100-300 printers should make dtgs moderate volume printing machines. After a while, machine maintenance should be relatively easy (in house) and cheap. Commercial dtg users can't beat that. I envy the cheap machine and ink cost you have(compared to us). It really makes diydtgs disposable machines.
 
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