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We bought a new toy

Posted by k on January 9, 2017 at 5:00 AM

Printing has never really been part of the vision when I put up KgraphXDesigns. It has always been all about digital designs. But these designs look good too when printed. And so naturally we would get a printer.


Our first one was Brother DCP 195C. It was a 3-in-1 printer-scanner-copier that was just being introduced back then. The inks were costly, although among the competitors, Brothers' was still the cheapest. I had to have the printer convert to continuous ink supply system (CISS). Maybe the CISS then was not as good as it is today that in only after a few months, the black ink got clogged. We then purchased a better CISS dye ink printer in Epson T13. This was among the standard business ink printers at that time. I chose dye ink over pigment because of my fear of clogging the printer head again. I sticked to the instructions of regularly printing and cleaning the head. With some googling I was able to make the printer last very long. it is still operational upto now after over six years. But the print today fades off quickly. It also cannot tie up with the ID/bag tag printing package we purchased recently. Hence, the decision to buy a new printer. Our new printer is another Epson: the L360 3-in-1 printer.



It is good to know that this CISS printer is not a "converted" one, because Epson itself provided for the CISS bins. I saw from the box that the inks are cheap at 200+ pesos per bottle, but actually this is still a bit costly for my standard. Anyway I had to make sure that I can use the new printer to showcase our designs in IDs and now even in shirts so I chose to use pigmented inks for our new printer. Pigmented inks fade way longer than UV dye inks. Pigmented inks are necessary for PVC ID printing and tshirt printing (to guarantee longer life).


The salesman explains that pigmented inks are not necessarily winners in terms of printing. Dye inks in fact produce more vivid output. I noticed this the first time I tried printing on our new L360 printer. The output is lighter. But ofcourse all it takes is adjustment in the design to cope with this little shortcoming. I am all in all very happy with this new buy. Our designs will certainly stand out through this new toy.

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