johnson4 Posted May 15, 2022 Share Posted May 15, 2022 (edited) So I finally bit the bullet per say. I purchased and setup the P5000. The roll media would be perfect for DTF, it self feeds so no issues there. The vacuum platen would be perfect in preventing head strikes- All around- it is a great candidate. For me though, I am looking for twice the speed of my P800, which is 12 foot an hour. Given it has 360 nozzles, it should print faster. First thing I noticed, the carriage speed is much slower than the p800, so it won't be twice as fast. I have tested it with EKprint, and it shows the same speed*** as the P800 under the same settings and conditions. However, EKprint does not officially support the P5000, so I am using the R4900 driver. I have reached out to them and they said they would work on it since the printer is functioning with it, just needs some tweaking. *** this is with the P5000 running uni-directional, while the P800 runs bi-directional for my timings. IF they can get the P5000 running bi-directional, Then it would be twice as fast. Technically, running the P800 on uni-directional AND the p5000 on uni-directional- it is almost twice as fast. Overall, the only issue right now is the P5000 is NOT printing in bi-directional mode. If it did, It would actually be printing twice as fast as the P800, or 2.5 minutes per foot. I have not tested cadlink with it yet, or Acro 10+. Another thing I noticed, the P5000 cartridges DO NOT have a filter in them. So, More than likely will need spare dampers in the event you get some crud in your ink when refilling and in general since the cartridge filter is the first line of defense usually. IF ekprint CAN make the P5000 work in bi-directional mode, With the uni-directional speeds I have taken, It will print roughly 12" X 21 feet an hour at 1440X1440 resolution. That's fast for a $1600 printer. It's huge by the way- Freight truck delivery huge. So I wouldn't count on grabbing a refurbished unit, they send technicians out instead of freighting the printer back and forth. Edited May 15, 2022 by johnson4 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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