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Just posting this here incase others find it interesting. 
 

I’ve meant to convert another 15000 for awhile now, but I think the weak spot is the OEM ink system and aftermarket cartridges. V.1 printed alright and seals well, damper fits in nicely. I plan on, in my free time, to just find a simple and efficient ( and cheap) way to overcome this printers downfalls. I made this adapter months ago but just got around to printing it. Fits perfect. 

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These dampers are bigger than the ones going to be used for it. I do expect many revisions and issues along the way. But, it all fits and seals perfectly. Now to actually print them for use instead of fitment. The “port” doesn’t break off because it tapers, and the damper is snugly fitted in place. No room to wiggle and break it off. So that worked well( so far)... 

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Hi, I'm also working on xp15000, and I want to take a Chinese adapter for the xp600 printhead, it looks like what you did, or the original epson damper from the L7180 printer, in other countries it may be called differently, it fits the xp600 head and a 3x2mm ink tube

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20 minutes ago, nazar said:

Hi, I'm also working on xp15000, and I want to take a Chinese adapter for the xp600 printhead, it looks like what you did, or the original epson damper from the L7180 printer, in other countries it may be called differently, it fits the xp600 head and a 3x2mm ink tube

Yea, I looked for awhile, they are just different than xp600 and won’t work, so just trying to make something work with it. 

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On 1/20/2022 at 9:30 AM, johnson4 said:

These dampers are bigger than the ones going to be used for it. I do expect many revisions and issues along the way. But, it all fits and seals perfectly. Now to actually print them for use instead of fitment. The “port” doesn’t break off because it tapers, and the damper is snugly fitted in place. No room to wiggle and break it off. So that worked well( so far)... 

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How are you liking your ink cartridge damper adapter? Are you willing to share or sale the 3d print file for these. I have a xp 15000.

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27 minutes ago, Kanagar00 said:

How are you liking your ink cartridge damper adapter? Are you willing to share or sale the 3d print file for these. I have a xp 15000.

I’m still working on it actually, while it works, it can be better 

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I am excited to see if they end up being a good solution. We are still doing the three sets (2 ink, 1 cleaner) set up. That being said we have been really happy with our results since starting this on just two days ago (2/1). Now if I can learn all of the ins and outs of Cadlink I think we will be doing really well.

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54 minutes ago, Kanagar00 said:

I am excited to see if they end up being a good solution. We are still doing the three sets (2 ink, 1 cleaner) set up. That being said we have been really happy with our results since starting this on just two days ago (2/1). Now if I can learn all of the ins and outs of Cadlink I think we will be doing really well.

Yea, it’s a good starter setup. Just be careful, some of those aftermarket carts don’t seal well. 

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29 minutes ago, Kanagar00 said:

Oh wow, thank you for the info. So is CISS the best way to go?

The ciss is difficult, and uses the same cartridges just with a tank attached. Personally I’d recommend just carts until you are ready to try the ciss, unless you have some in line dampers

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Hello, i am very interested in this project. , i would love to help trouble shoot this with you and give my input. i have the resin printers at the house, would just need the STL file for the adapter, and the dampers you suggest. i am noticing way to much wear and tear by using aftermarket sponge carts, and swapping them back and forth with cleaner carts. This looks like it would be a much better solution than the current setup. would you be willing to send the files and tell me what dampers you use? superhipinterestingthings@gmail.com is my email. this project looks very promising.

 

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48 minutes ago, Jimmystanley37 said:

Hello, i am very interested in this project. , i would love to help trouble shoot this with you and give my input. i have the resin printers at the house, would just need the STL file for the adapter, and the dampers you suggest. i am noticing way to much wear and tear by using aftermarket sponge carts, and swapping them back and forth with cleaner carts. This looks like it would be a much better solution than the current setup. would you be willing to send the files and tell me what dampers you use? superhipinterestingthings@gmail.com is my email. this project looks very promising.

 

As far as my testing went it would be a fantastic replacement. On top of that I was going to laser cut a specific thickness rubber ( you know that rubber/sponge type material) and replace the " hollow" rubber seal on the printhead that seals these. Those two things being changed, there would be no chance of leaking at all, a white ink circulation system could easily be implemented and the printer could run nonstop. I was going to place a small sponge material in that cavity on the bottom of the damper so the machine would soak it up as normal since it wouldn't need to be removed often, if at all. 

 

Beyond those things, I was going to use a timer on one of the Waste tank pins on a relay. It would "open" every 15 minutes and close to reset the ink levels, in total about 1 second. Even while printing this wouldn't cause any issues at all, it wouldn't even stop printing.  worry free self resetting ink while printing.

 

I already had it setup to roll print and tested that for about a half roll/ 3/4 roll of film. So with those things the final outcome:

 

An actual ink system/damper system in place without the risk of settling, leaking, or any of that crap. 

White ink recirculation

No more mid print stops or worrysome ink resets. 

 

You could essentially roll print an entire 320 foot roll in about 27 hours of printing on the machine without stopping, other than for head cleans as needed. Personally I would add a fan as a precaution to the mainboard. 

 

That was where it was going anyway pretty successfully. Then I got busy and had to stop " tinkering" and find something that worked quickly and right away. 

Ever since it hasn't stopped and haven't had a time to revisit.

 

It could be replicated pretty easily with a caliper and a resin printer. 

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anychance you would be willing to send me your stl file? im not the best with designing from scratch. i'd love to tinker with this and continue your work to see where it goes. i hadn't even thought about a reset relay, i'll have to test that idea as well. and i already started working on white ink circ system.

 

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