Got a New Printer and Converted it to a Sublimation Printer!

Got a New Printer and Converted it to a Sublimation Printer!

 About a year and a half ago, I made the decision to purchase the EPSON ET-2720 with the intention of converting it into a Sublimation Printer. At first, everything seemed to be working seamlessly, but suddenly, it started experiencing issues.

The prints began displaying numerous unwanted horizontal lines, and the situation continued to deteriorate. I was left pondering whether the problem stemmed from the type of paper I was using, the sublimation ink I had chosen, or perhaps even a mistake on my part. During this time, a friend who also dabbled in sublimation projects advised me to occasionally print something, even if I didn't have any immediate projects, to prevent the printer's ink from drying out.

Fast forward to now, with my birthday just around the corner in two months and a strong yearning to resume my sublimation projects, I approached my husband with a special request - an early birthday present, in the form of a new printer for my sublimation endeavors. To my delight, he agreed!

I found myself in a dilemma, torn between the EPSON ET 2800 and the EPSON ET 2803. Upon doing a little of research between the two models, I found out that both models are technically similar and the only difference is that EPSON ET 2803 was a variant and is exclusively available at Walmart and Target stores.

Considering this, I opted for the EPSON ET 2803, as it felt more unique, and besides, we had both Walmart and Target conveniently located nearby.

Now, let's delve into the details of how I went about converting my newly acquired EPSON ET 2803 into a sublimation printer.

Materials Required for Converting the EPSON ET2803 Injket Printer into a Sublimation Printer

To transform your regular printer into a sublimation printer, you'll need specific materials and follow a series of steps. Here's what you'll require:

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1. Sublimation Ink: You'll need CMYK sublimation ink (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black). This ink is typically available for purchase online. I personally use "hiipoo" ink, which I bought on Amazon. You can find more details about this product by following this link if you're interested.

2. Steps to Convert Your Printer:

Important Note: Do not use the inkjet ink that came with your printer, as this could disrupt the conversion process.

a. Prepare the Printer:

  1. Remove all the blue tapes from your printer.
  2. Attach the power supply and plug it in.
  3. Download the Epson app.
  4. Connect the app to your printer.

b. Load Sublimation Ink:

     5. Open the ink holder. 

  1. Wear disposable gloves and carefully pour the ink into its respective compartments.
  • Blue bottle for CYAN (C)
  • Pink bottle for MAGENTA (M)
  • Yellow container for YELLOW (Y)
  • Black bottle for BLACK (K)

Ensure that you pour the correct ink into its appropriate compartment.

c. Setup and Testing:

      7. Connect both the app and the printer to the same Wi-Fi network (in case  you have multiple networks at home).

  1. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the app, which may include performing test prints.

d. Finalize Conversion:

      9. If everything appears to be in order, proceed with the printer's initialization              process, which typically takes around 11 minutes.

Materials Needed for a Sublimation Project

Aside from the printer conversion materials, here's what you'll need for a successful sublimation project:

With these materials and the conversion process outlined above, you'll be well-equipped to embark on your sublimation projects.

Remember, crafting is all about creativity and exploration, so don't be afraid to experiment and have fun along the way. Happy crafting!

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