Our VP540 is coming up on two years old and still on it's original print heads, I think most of the clogging issues is people using cheaper non-oem ink, we were warned against using non-oem ink by several people when we bought our printer.Hello Everyone,
I am considering buying a roland versacamm and have heard horror stories of regular blocked print heads and wasted ink, through ink cleaning cycles.
Very reliable.....never a clogging issue, but to use a Versacamm to print tee shirt vinyl IMHO is a waste of the printers capabilities, that said we use to do printed vinyl shirts, never liked the feel (hand) and bought a DTG printer to do tee shirts. Our Roland spends it's days printing vinyl signage, decals, banners, vehicle wraps, etc which is again IMHO what the machine was meant to do.As I only cater for the t-shirt side of the industry, I am sure I would not use the machine enough, to justify buying one soley for this use. Though I have heard how reliable they are, I am worried about the damage I could cause through little use and the cost for block printheads and servicing.
Sorry can't help you here......all I can say is all the printed heat applied vinyl we applied to shirts always washed great, I still see some of the shirts we made over a year ago and the colors are bright with little or no fading.Another issue I have is washability, as examples of t-shirts I have washed using this technology (C-print Transfer Vinyl) don't seem to wash any better than the small format inkjet transfers, such as Xpres Inkjet Dark, Magic Touch OBM, etc.
Hope this helps.