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  1. I am curious to know if these are the only Epsons that can be converted. I purchased an ET-2800 but cannot find anywhere if this is convertible or not.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Sue, The ET-2800 is a new series from Epson that replaced the ET-2720. They can be converted for sublimation. I have a new post getting published soon with the new Ecotanks for sublimation and the ET-2800 is on it as the most economical printer for 8.5 x 14″ sublimation transfers.

        1. It can as there are still third party ink sellers that has ink for it. The new ET-2800 is the replacement for that printer if you can’t find that one anymore.

  2. I have an epson ecotank et 3850 is this good for sublimation?

  3. Finally, a proper guide on your blog. I have confusion regarding the sublimation. Many Blogs are listing other brand products like HP, Brother, and Canon. Can we use them for sublimation? I’ll appreciate your answer.

    1. Glad you find our sublimation guide helpful. I wish I had this when I was starting sublimation years ago!

      Printers either have a thermal or piezo print heads. The piezo print head is the one that is capable of using gel based inks such as sublimation ink. Epson has piezo whereas Canon and HP do not. If you look at the third party sublimation inks, they only offer ink for Epsons.

  4. Epson SureColor F170
    Epson SureColor F570 Pro looking for these two printers and price?

    1. Hi Julie,

      I have the Epson F170 and recently posted a review about it. You can read it here. In the article, I also mention the authorized dealers where you can purchase it from. The F170 is $399 (as of 7-1-22) which is Epson’s MSRP. As for the SureColor F570 Pro, those start at $2500 from Dyetrans/Conde (an authorized dealer).

  5. Wondering how much maintenance is required for an Ecotank printer if not used every other day? Is it hard or simple? Also Sawgrass seems great because it comes with software but the ink is soooo expensive. Any alternative ink thats compatible? Thank you.

    1. Hi Diana,
      I actually contacted Epson Support about this and they said:

      “Long periods of no use can cause issues for the nozzles in the long run. There’s no set time for how long it will take for the nozzles to dry out. Factors that determine this is use and environment (temperature and humidity).”

      So the above is a copy and paste from their reply. They recommend a nozzle check if the printer hasn’t been used for several days. With that, I have sometimes gone about a week without printing (ecotank, surecolor, sawgrass) and they have been fine.

      I’ve had 4 sawgrass printers so yes, I know how expensive their ink is. I spent over $1700 on ink last year for 1 sawgrass printer.

      Sawgrass has their software but I never used it. I only used the VPM for printing as it has their ICC colors. If you use an alternative ink (non-sawgrass brand) in a sawgrass printer, you won’t be able to use their software or VPM. I know people who use a third-party ink in their sawgrass and print directly from other design softwares (Photoshop, Corel, Illustrator).

      Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

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  7. Thank You For the Guide. I am confused as I’m interested in buying the ET-8550 and 8500 printers. Are these printers sublimation convertible?

    1. Yes, both the ET-8550 and 8500 can be converted for sublimation. The ET-8500 has a max paper size of 8.5×14-inches while the ET-8550 is 13×19-inches. They both need 6 sub ink colors. You can purchase the ET-15000 that also prints 13×19-inches but only require 4 sub ink colors. Less colors = less potential problems such as clogging, dried up print heads, and you’ll also save on the cost by not having to buy 2 extra colors.

      Check out this short list of Epson Ecotank Printers You Can Convert for sublimation.

  8. Hi
    I thank you for this blog. I am interested in the Sawgrass 1000. I was told there are two different versions Siser Subli option is what want but I want to use cotton. I was told cotton requires the use of vinyl. I already have a Cameo Pro so what is the difference between my Cameo Pro and the Sawgrass 1000. I gave read you can spray onto the cotton shirt and let it try and then sublimate without using vinyl. Do you recommend? Have you tried this? Also with the other version of the Sawgrass 1000 it can be used for hard and soft materials such as polyester. Is this correct? Thank you for your time.

    1. Hi Melanie,
      This post will help you:

      It has information about the Sawgrass 1000 and its 3 different ink formats. With cameo pro, your HTV is one color. With sublimation using Easy Subli ink, you’re sublimating a full color image onto a sublimatable HTV that can be pressed onto cotton. Spraying a polyester liquid onto cotton shirts to make it sublimatable is not really a good idea. Most of those poly liquid sprays can be irritating on the skin and will also eventually be washed off. Try to get the MSDS from the spray manufacturer and see what it says about skin contact. It’s hard to find that MSDS that says it’s 100% safe for skin contact. If you’re running a business, you can be liable for any skin irritation or allergic skin reaction caused by that liquid.

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