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post #16 of 25
I may have to get me one of these printers.
post #17 of 25
Just a note...the printers are WAY cheaper than the ink and the sheets!!!! It is very expensive to buy the ink and you HAVE to keep the printer fresh and take good care of the ink or you'll ruin the printer.

Voice of experience...of one who had a printer and now does not anymore. icon_sad.gif
post #18 of 25
As someone who just bought a system with little to no background on the care and maintenance of an edible printer system - how do you care for the ink/printer that is different from a regular printer? I'd hate to throw all the money I just spent out the window. icon_eek.gif Anybody have any tips???
post #19 of 25
It really isnt that bad. The important thing is to use the printer. This latest generation of printer uses our gold label cartridges. They are so improved over all the previous ink cartridges/ink that was ever made. First of all, they are spongeless and use food grade plastics. The sponge in previous versions caused more clogging issues than this new spongeless version. Ink for the most part just flows. We have carried these Gold Label inks for about a year now and we still do not stock printheads for our customers. THe last generation, we always kept them on hand because people needed them so badly. In addition, they are refilled directly in the printer making it easier and neater than ever. But as I said before, make sure that you use the printer. As with any printer, if you do not use it regularly, it will clog over time. But ink, like frosting is a consumable. You use it, you replace it when you are out. It costs less than $2.00 to print an image and if you refill it takes the cost down to $1.19. And that is a generous estimate allowing for mistakes!!!

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.

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post #20 of 25
Thanks, Debbie! I did buy a printer and I do have the gold label cartridges. It's nice to hear they are that good. I never thought about just printing on non-edible paper to keep things unclogged - good advice. I've used the system a couple times and I love it!

Thanks again!
post #21 of 25
Another idea I like is to find other bakeries in the area who do not have a printer and offer to print for them at a discount. You make money on their business, you keep your printer running so its a win win!

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post #22 of 25

Why do you need to print at least once a week? I am just a small, based out of my house, "business". I was thinking about getting a edible printer so I can have more to offer.

post #23 of 25

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

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post #24 of 25
I agree with Debbie, about outsourcing if you don't expect to be using the printer often enough to keep it working.


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.

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post #25 of 25

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.)

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