26/01/2020 Actually printed some mugs and plates today! So, yes, sublimation printing is a goer!
The Epson printer is very frustrating. Lots of nozzle cleaning, and still the pesky lines are present. Also randomly telling you that cartridges are missing, or needing to be replaced when that is not the case. If we want to spruce up our capacity for sublimation printing in the future, I think a new printer would be the starting point.
Another thing to get better at is understanding the exact area of contact that the heat press is making so that the edges of prints are nice and crisp. That is more about designing the artwork, than the gear.
I’m very happy with the saturation of colour in the colour wheel. If it weren’t for the lines from the Epson printer, and misjudging where the edges should be, that print would be spot on! Also noted the sublimation ink says ‘use by 12:2017’ so fresher ink may have even more vibrant colours.
The blue mug shows faults from the Epson printer, poor edges from how it lined up in the heat press, and some squidgy bits where I think I touched it while it was still hot and not ‘set’ properly. But it’s the first thing I printed and I love it!
I’ve left these 2 x mugs and 2 x plates in Craftpunk for now (with a parking ticket) just so people can check them out. Big thanks to Zak for company and encouragement!
I’ll leave this build here for now. Sometime after the Craftpunk renovations are finished I may raise the idea of replacing the Epson printer and then the fun will begin again!