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    Sawgrass bulk alternative

    Can anyone recommend any alternative bulk sub inks to use with the Ricoh 3110dn and power driver profile

    cheers

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    Tried sublisplash or sublisure? I use sublisure inks, no need to flush the print head just bang them in and off you go and they are 15% cheaper

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    Or move to an Epson with bulk refillable carts, and you can make more savings buying litres of branded non-sawgrass ink.

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    Cheers Paul I'll check them out.

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    I was actually thinking of moving to an Epson 1500w (What's your thoughts) seen a few people recommend them and pretty sure they mentioned some bulk inks for them on here ... but I had a real problem with my last Epson sub printer clogging up ... that why I got the Ricoh just wish I'd of had the forethought to get A3, having said that I'm older and ever so slightly wiser now.

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    Was it actually blocking up, or just the ink not flowing properly from a CISS or badly primed refill carts?
    I'd recommend a pro level Epson with bulk refill carts of 300-400ml capacity, Stylus Pro or more modern equivalent, if you can get a 44" wide model, you can save a load on transfer paper too buying it on a roll rather than sheets. You can save money on less wide rolls, just not as much per square metre.

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    Not sure if it was a flow problem or not but it was a cheap Epson sx something or other that I was told (cough) was professionally converted to sublimation printing... it did have cheap refill carts in too.
    Don't have the room or the funds for a wide format machine at the moment so A3 is a big as i can go. I know the 1500w is a good printer with dye or pigment ink just not sure how it handles sub inks.

    cheers for the info .

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    http://www.inkforinkjet.co.uk very helpful, you need the blank refil carts from ebay or wherever, but will sort out the profile for you if yours is not ok. use them on my Ricoh now.
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    The benefit of using the Epson 1500w is that it uses the same DX5 MicroPiezo printheads that many wide format Epson printers use. You can safely use ink intended for wide format (42"+) printer. Because Sawgrass's patent doesn't apply to wide format ink the cost is much less.
    Cheaper Epson printers might have different printheads, so might not perform so well.

    A litre of Intex Sublinova Smart costs about £60. Alternatively you can buy 'samples' for about £10 for 100ml.
    There are also unbranded inks available for less money.

    The 1500w is a great sublimation printer. You might have to hunt around for a profile, or have one made, because the suppliers who sell the litre bottles only tend to have profiles for wide format printers.

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    Omniprint gamut ink is specially designed to provider top printing results on a wider range of fabrics from 100% cotton, cotton/poly blends, all the way to 100% dark polyester. The inks “set” faster which means you can take advantage of the one pass modes on you printers and no more waiting for white ink to set before printing the color pass.

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    Omniprint is dtg ink. We are discussing sublimation ink.

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