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So Walls, if you plan to purchase a printer....just use it!!! If you are not going to use it, with your edible ink in the printer, you can print on non-edible paper. It doesnt cost much more than non-edible printing, it may even be cheaper. At any rate, just use the printer!!!! If you are using the printer, you do not need to do anything special to maintain it.
Edible inks do not have the toxins in them that regular inks do. These toxins keep the ink from clogging in a non edible printer. Because we cannot use them in our edible inks, you are forced to maintain your printer by using it! Through years of experience, we have found just by using the printer, it keeps the ink flowing and the printhead remains clean. If you are not going to be using your printer at least once every week to two weeks, do not get the printer. You will not be able to maintain it and you will not make money using it. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. This is coming from someone who sells printers for a living! So apindell21, if you want to get a printer, find other people you can print for on a regular basis so that your printer is used regularly. You can print for other bakeries who do not have a printer if you choose to. If you are not going to use it regularly, then do not buy it. An electronic cutter such as the Silhouette or the Sweet Accents machine can help to give you more to offer and does not need to be maintained like a printer and is a much better option if you are not going to be printing regularly. Thanks and happy decorating
I disagree, though, on one point: there's never been an inkjet printer that doesn't clog, if allowed to stand idle for any length of time. That's why the manufacturers love the technology so much, and why they can afford to practically give the printers away: they know that you'll either use it like crazy, to avoid clogging it, and go through ink like crazy, or you'll clog up, and either waste a huge amount of ink trying to unclog it, or have to buy a new printhead. It's even better than the "razor-and-blades" business model.
And on the difference between conventional and edible ink-jet inks, the most important difference is that edible inks are, by their nature, intended for human consumption. This means that where conventional inks can be made from dyes chosen for color fidelity and permanence, edible inks have to be made from dyes that are FDA approved for food (i.e., that have an FD&C number, and an approval that hasn't been revoked). Likewise, conventional inkjet inks can contain any combination of solvents and additives (e.g., to prevent microbial infestation, or to protect printer parts) that doesn't present a safety hazard in normal use, edible inks cannot contain any solvents or additives that would leave toxic (or even foul-tasting) traces in the printed document.
And above all else,
Rule No. 1. You do not do edible printing in a printer that has ever had conventional ink in it.
Rule No. 2. You do not do edible printing in a printer that has ever had conventional ink in it.
Any cleaning method that would remove all non-food-safe traces from the printer would either (a) cost more than a new printer, (b) destroy the printer, or (c) most likely both. (And you still do NOT talk about Fight Club.)