EPSON Printers

Size matters - Choose the maximum film size you need    13" - 33cm   17" - 43cm   24" - 65cm  44" - 112cm

Epson FAQs

Why use only Epson for screen making positives?
Why do my heads clog?
Roll printer info

Modern EPSON printers use Pigment Inks and piezo heads
For best results, use a screen printing RIP to shape halftone dots and use the 1440 dpi setting
Use Eliptical dots
If you don't have a Screen Printing Software RIP, try the Epson "Premium Photo Glossy Paper" setting.

UltraChrome™ is the EPSON brand of pigment inks
UltraChrome is 7 cartridges CcMmYKk
UltraChrome K3 8 cartridges - 3 blacks – light light black, light black and Black   
UltraChrome Hi-Gloss red & blue ink instead of light cyan and light magenta + Matte & Photo Black

EPSON Professional Editions w/ColorBurst RIP ONLY control Pantone Colors, NOT separations. Do Not Buy for making positives!

Product Fact Sheet

13" - 33cm

                     
* Currently for sale Ink Type Carts Picoliters Resolution
Stylus Color 1280
Stylus Color 1290
Photo Dye 2 4 2880x720
* Stylus Color 1400
New in fall 2007 US$299
6 1.5 5760 x 1440
Stylus Photo R1800
UltraChrome Hi-Gloss
discontinued Jan'08  US$499
UC Hi Gloss 8 1.5 2880x1440
* Stylus Photo R1900
UltraChrome Hi-Gloss
textile starter printer  US$549
UC Hi Gloss 8 1.5 2880x1440
Stylus Photo 2200
UltraChrome
UC CcMmYKk 7 4 2880x1440
* Stylus Photo R2400
UltraChrome K3 $849
8 3.5 2880x1440

17" - 43cm

* Currently for sale Ink Type Carts Picoliters Resolution
Stylus Color 1520
the ‘original’ 17” printer
Dye     1440x720
Stylus Color 3000
Breakthrough 17” printer
NOT equiped for roll film
Dye 128 nozzles (K)   1440x720
* Stylus Pro 3800
UltraChrome K3 $1,295
8 3.5 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 4000 UltraChrome 3000 replacement in 2002 UC 7 3.5 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 4800
Discontinued Oct 26, 2007
UltraChrome K3
8 3.5 2880x1440
* Stylus Pro 4880
UltraChrome K3 US$1,995
8 3.5 2880x1440

24" - 65cm

* Currently for sale Ink Type Carts Picoliters Resolution
Stylus Pro 7000 Stylus Pro 7500 Dye 6 110ml 6 1440x720
Stylus Pro 7600 - Photo Dye Ink Photo Dye 7 4 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 7600  UltraChrome Ink Ultra Chrome 7 4 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 7800
UltraChrome K3 $2,995
180 nozzles x 8 3.5 2880x1440
* Stylus Pro 7880
UltraChrome K3 $2,995
180 nozzles x 8 3.5 2880x1440

44" - 112cm

Stylus Pro 9880 $4,995 * Currently for sale Ink Type Carts Picoliters Resolution
Stylus Pro 9000 Dye
  Old & rarely seen
Dye 64 nozzles  x 6   1440x720
Stylus Pro 9500
Archival
pigment or dye
Dye or Pigment 64 nozzles  x 6   1440x720
Stylus Pro 9600
Photographic Dye Ink
Photo Dye 7 4 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 9600
UltraChrome Ink
UC 7 4 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 9800 180 nozzles
x 8
3.5 2880x1440
* Stylus Pro 9880
$4995
180 nozzles
x 8
3.5 2880x1440
Stylus Pro 10000
Archival (pigment) ink
Stylus Pro 10000
Photo Dye Ink 500ml
UC CcMmYK 180 nozzles x 5 5 1440x720
Stylus Pro 10600
UltraChrome Ink
UC CcMmYK 180 nozzles x 5 5 1440x720

Why use only Epson for screen making positives?

EPSON inkjet printers can be used as a replacement for a high priced imagesetters and low quality laser printers. Epson's use a room temperature mechanical, piezo technology of precise electrical pulses that cause the ink reservoir wall in the head to compress, projecting ink through the nozzle. Programmers can also control the exact placement, size and shape of each 'dot' then shape with the millions of ink droplets they eject in each square inch. For screen printing, we need a one color printer, not an 8 color printer.RIP programmers can increase ink deposit to make the transparent ink designed for CMYK printing of multi-color photographs, opaque enough to stop UV energy.



Canon and HP printers use thermal heads that heat the ink to 500°F over and over, producing a vapor bubble in the ink reservoir (bubble jet). When the ink expands, droplets are ejected through the nozzle. This cannot be increased with a RIP programming. One of the side effects of the high heat, is that the cooling phase alters critical nozzle alignment.

To make screen printing positives with an inkjet printer, you must have an absorbent coating on clear film. Ulano inkjet films are designed to make positives and are made in the USA. Epson dye inks are 100% liquid and can be absorbed by a swellable coating like the gelatin in indirect stencil films. Pigment inks require a micro porous coating with 'microscopic cavities' that can absorb the resin coated pigment particles with natural capillary action.

Operating Specifications
Required temperature for optimum performance 60° – 80° F 15° – 25° C
Required humidity for optimum performance 40% – 60% RH
(Note: High humidity will prolong the drying time or the ability to absorb ink)

Roll Printer Info

Epson 3000
This popular dye printer that was the first successful inkjet printer for making positives, does not have a strong film transport system or a 2" spindle for roll film. We recommend using sheets only.

Wide Format Epson 7xxx and 9xxx
All Epson 7xxx and 9xxx series printers come with paper/film holder endcaps with 2" spindles and 3" adapters that snap on. Please check the setup pages in your manual to confirm this. Many people forget the 2" spindles that are underneath the 3" adapters.

Unspool Blank Film - Don't Pull Off the Roll
Never let the film PULL off the roll. It's critical to screenprinting positive to positive registration that no film pull directly off the roll, because the film weight is different from beginning to end of roll. Always unspool the film so the printer only has to pull the minimum weight of the film every time.

Epson printers are designed for 8 color CMYK photographs on much lighter paper, so registration was not a design problem, but for a 9xxx Epson making six 42" x 60" positives, each positive will be progressively different, if the film pulls directly off the roll.

This 7600 pictured has the film unspooled into the handy hammock under the printer.

Why do my heads clog?

To print, there has to be ink in the nozzles and it will eventually dry, which clogs the nozzle. We want the ink to dry fast on the film, but slow in the head. You can slow the ink drying in the heads by keeping the humidity in the printer room high, but this also means the film, (especially dye film), will also absorb moisture.