Homemade DIY DTG Printer A3 Version Overview

homemade dtg printer a3

Have you ever wanted to build your own Homemade DIY DTG Printer A3 Version but didn’t know how to ?

Well today we will have a look at the our DIY DTG Project.

Download Plans
Plans now available for download at:

https://alienbunker.com/shop/item/diy-dtg-plans-step-by-epson-1400-1390-1410-1500w-r1800-r1900-r2000-instant-download-pdf/

Overview

This is probably the best Homemade DIY DTG printer that I have ever built in a while, I have been seeing videos of homemade DTG printers on Youtube for a while but I was afraid it was too hard for my skills and was hesitating in doing it, but then I decided to risk and try it and for my surprise it was not that hard as it looks!

diy dtg printer setup
I made so many DIY DTG but also broke many printers while attempting this.
In opinion it was not a waste of money because I learned a lot of skills and now I got so much knowledge I can solve almost any DTG problems I encounter.
To keep your mind refreshed I bought…

  • 2 x Epson T25
  • 1 x Epson (PX-10***)
  • 2 x Epson C88
  • 1 x Epson 1400

If you want to try I made an e-book available at:
https://alienbunker.com/shop/item/diy-dtg-plans-step-by-epson-1400-1390-1410-1500w-r1800-r1900-r2000-instant-download-pdf/

So today I will be showing you my ultimate and the best DTG machine ever.

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The Epson 1400 printer is excellent for DTG because it has 6 ink channels which means it has 4 CYMK and 2 additional inks for better performance, but I can swap the extra 2 ink channels and change to white cartridges so I can print on dark or colored garments.

This print is able to print white ink using a RIP Software like EKprint Studio

Please keep in mind that you must use some kind of RIP Software that allows you to print using only the selected cartridges if you want to print white ink.

On this build I got the printer running using the original Epson driver but since this printer is programmed to use all the 6 cartridges to print I must use a RIP software.

A RIP software is a program that allows you to change the way the printer works, it performs pretty excellent and I was able to get professional quality with a homemade DTG!

The only way to print using only the CYMK cartridges is to use a RIP and for this build I got the EKprint Studio one of the best RIP available.

PICTURES & DETAILS


The lever on the left side allows me to move the platen using an external power source and I can stop it on the position I want to.

DuPont Artistri Inks
dtg printing details
Back of the printer

CISS System

CISS (Continuous Inking System) this system allows you to refill the cartridges just by filling the tanks.


Waste ink tank.

diy dtg front
Magnet cover.
Enough with pictures, lets watch the video you all wanting to see.
video

DTG Videos









And that’s my DTG printers!
Guess how much the A3 DTG cost to make ?
Hmm….To be honest it’s cheaper than the previous models!

Here’s why: I bought it used for $36, but it’s was working in a good condition like new!
Total cost was $266 but since I already bought the Textile ink before it would be…$141

I’m willing to help people build their DIY DTG printer too, so I have prepared an e-book plans located on the top of the post and on the bottom of this page, it’s compatible with many printer models as written in the e-book description.
Most printers are the same usually the only difference is an upgrade in the print head or some extra features like Wi-Fi but the rest is usually the same as the previous models.

CAN I USE PIGMENT INK

Nope.
Stock pigment ink is not suitable for printing on textile, it will stick to the garment and look nice before washing. A simple wash it will fade about 60% and trust me, there’s no way to make DIY Textile ink I already tried it with enamels, clear acrylic stuff and many other stuff, none worked.
If your going to make T-shirt for selling you need Textile inks! On my case I found the DuPont Textile Ink pretty excellent for it, they’re around $30 per 125ML or 4oz. There many stores selling it, do a google search and see which company suits your needs.

RIP SOFTWARE

For DTG printing you will need a RIP software which allows you to take control over what your printer can do. I found that EPSON driver works good, but not enough to print on dark t-shirts or lay enough ink in each t-shirt.
Pricing: this is a tricky question because it depends on your printer models and the deal you will get. I have seen people buy the license for as little as $100 and as high as $500.

Note: I have been receiving lots of emails asking me how much it would cost to build one and ship it to their country, unfortunately I cannot build one but I made an E-BOOK teaching step by step how to build the printer base and how to adapt everything to it.
It can be found here:

https://alienbunker.com/shop/item/diy-dtg-plans-step-by-epson-1400-1390-1410-1500w-r1800-r1900-r2000-instant-download-pdf/

Thank you for reading this post and have a good day, as I said I’m willing to help people with troubleshooting and errors.

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  • Jose Franco Cáceres Velásquez

    Hi, a greeting from Peru, excuse me, with the manual and a few dollars can I put the DTG? Or there will be a problem, in your blog I have seen a problem with a paper tray, I have an epson l800, with original continuous system, should I buy a new one or can I clean their ink tanks to use DTG?

    • Alienbunker

      Hello Jose,
      Thanks for commenting!

      Unfortunately the plans available in our store is not compatible with Epson L800. The model you asking is A4 and it’s very different than A3 printers.

      Regarding the CISS I recommend buying one if it’s not much of a hassle.
      Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

  • cleethorpes kev

    Hi is the epson 1400 any good for printing white ink?

    • Alienbunker

      Hello Kev

      It’s possible to print white ink with Epson 1400 but it’s very slow.

      Epson 1400 has 6 ink channels and you can swap 2 channels with white ink but 2 white ink channels is still slow so I recommend a printer with 8 ink channels and you would get 4 white ink channels which is much faster and reliable.

      If you want a 8 ink channel printer that is compatible with the e-book I recommend Epson 1900 , Epson R2000 or Epson 2400.

  • Investing in Alberta

    Can you recommend some RIP software options that work well? Also, can you tell me if the DIY plans are for a friction feed print tray or is there a motor that drives it?

    • Alienbunker

      Hello, Thanks for your comment!
      I currently recommend EKprint by EUKON. They’re known to be the easiest to use and capable of printing high quality t-shirt easily.
      The DIY plans is aimed in creating a very affordable DTG using the least possible parts so it’s based on friction system.

  • Sim

    Hey there can you use these to print on shoes too? Or just t shirts

  • Alienbunker

    Feel free to post your comments here!