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Unidtg have an ebook on how to convert as well as pcb's for driving other models even the 1400 model I haven't converted one yet as I'm a novice and waiting for frie d with woodwork and basic electronics to walk me through it it is based on friction drive technology which can drive a DIY dtg/dtf loader/base without need for pcb as to old to support unidtg I spoke to them and bought the ebook I have two one I'm gonna dedicate to film and one to fabric it is possible and unidtg have ebook to do it hope this helps

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Unidtg have an ebook on how to convert as well as pcb's for driving other models even the 1400 model I haven't converted one yet as I'm a novice and waiting for friend with woodwork and basic electronics to walk me through it it is based on friction drive technology which can drive a DIY dtg/dtf loader/base without need for pcb as to old to support unidtg I spoke to them and bought the ebook I have two one I'm gonna dedicate to film and one to fabric it is possible and unidtg have ebook to do it hope this helps however I been told they are slow about 20 MINS a print  ut for me starting out right now I'm on zero prints per day so raising that to twenty MINS per t-shirt is a great starting point plus time for loads of coffees while I learn dtg dtf vynyl and sublimation from ground up lol good luck

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35 minutes ago, holomediaservices said:

Unidtg have an ebook on how to convert as well as pcb's for driving other models even the 1400 model I haven't converted one yet as I'm a novice and waiting for friend with woodwork and basic electronics to walk me through it it is based on friction drive technology which can drive a DIY dtg/dtf loader/base without need for pcb as to old to support unidtg I spoke to them and bought the ebook I have two one I'm gonna dedicate to film and one to fabric it is possible and unidtg have ebook to do it hope this helps however I been told they are slow about 20 MINS a print  ut for me starting out right now I'm on zero prints per day so raising that to twenty MINS per t-shirt is a great starting point plus time for loads of coffees while I learn dtg dtf vynyl and sublimation from ground up lol good luck

The 1400 is very slow, you are right. I had 2 of them friction driven, Mine were based on the alienbunker build though about 5 years ago. For film, you don't really need to do much except remove the rollers for sheet/DTF printing. The Epson 1400 has 6 ink channels and 90 NOZZLES per channel. for DTG, I had to do multiple passes for CMYK, but was still pretty fast and only took a few minutes. getting white ink ( DTG) ink out of a 1400 was pretty bad. Most other printers have 180 Nozzles per ink channel, with the 1400 series being at 90 it made for a joke of a time getting white ink out of them consistently and took forever. I was up to like 8 passes and still didn't get white ink coverage. so for CMYK the 1400 series works well, but not so much white ink. Even waiting 20 minutes per print, It was just unsatisfactory to me. 

Look at it this way, Most printers have 180 nozzles per channel, DTG/DTF on a 6 Channel printer ( like the XP-15000) would yield you 180 Ink nozzles per CMYK, and 360 White ink nozzles. 

For the P400/P600/P800, your looking at a 8 channel printer. 180 ink nozzles per CMYK, and 720 white ink nozzles. 

For the 1400 series, your looking a 6 channel printer, 90 ink nozzles per color, so 90 ink nozzles for CMYK, and 180 White ink nozzles. 

 

The amount of ink nozzles determines how much ink it can lay down in one pass, as well as " cover up"  some soft clogs you may get. So if your printer gets 5 nozzles clogged mid print in the white ink, you still have 715 covering that up on the P series. On the 1400, you only have 175 nozzles left. So, any little clog becomes very apparent. 

 

I'm not knocking what you are doing, I've been there and done that and while it worked to make enough money to buy something else, they ended up in the trash within a few months ( I also didn't know much, that was my beginning into printers)  For the "no electronics" its a pretty big undertaking, especially with DTF being available with little to no conversion needed. 

 

I wish you luck, I just wanted to point out that it's not just how slow the printer is, or how much it will be overworked printing 20 minutes at a time, but the explanation of my main problem, which was the printer didn't have the ability to put enough white ink down for DTG fully maxed out, at least, compared to what I considered acceptable. 

 

Good luck and thanks for sharing!

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