Right up front – this is indeed an entry level machine.
Great for: Home, hobby, Copy shop, newsagents etc. This machine is Not considered a mass production machine.
Some users have found problems with its speed and with its inability to print on dark fabrics, as it does not utilisesd white ink only CMYK INK.
HOWEVER, THE RICOH RI 100 DTG MACHINE HAS MANY TALENTS:
- It can print directly on fabrics
- It prints using its space saving design
- It can print a single item while the customer is waiting
- It is suitable for a beginner
- It is safe
- By many, it has been found fast enough
- As it does not require plates to function, it is suitable for small set printing.
So it is a useful printing machine. Typically suitable for a small business where simple printing is done. As printing is done on demand, there is no need for much stock on premises.
Regarding not printing on dark colours, the printer has 4 modes and depends which one is used, it can produce a “shadow effect”. But, in the hands of a more experienced user, it can be avoided.
This has been achieved by printing one colour as an overall print, then printing the A4 centre area with the Ricoh Ri 100.
The Print Heads
- 2 Ricoh Piezo Ink Heads
- On demand Piezo inkjet system
- CMYK inkjet printheads
Inks and Cartridges
Ink Type: It is a water based garment ink. The ink cost is less than for a Brother or Epson machine at about $85 per litre.
According to Ricoh, the print lasts about 80 washes, which means it could potentially could outlast the life of the garment.
The black ink cartridges supply varies from 600 prints per 140ml for High Yield to 200 prints per 50 ml for Standard Yield.
Based on the manufactures testing, they are rich garment ink cartridges.
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How big is it?
Small. Very small. Think Photo copier small. Actually it’s one of the smallest DTG Printers on the market.
- 399 x 698 x 292.5 mm (mainframe-non operating)
- 399 x 760.3 x 292.5 mm (mainframe-operating)
This machine requires a minimum space, and could even be suitable for a desktop.
Therefore, the machine has a compact design, so you could personally install it, if you are skilful with your hands.
The machine weights less than 25 k.
- 15C to 32C Temperature
- 15% to 80% RH Humidity
Instructions on how to clean the machine are given when purchasing the machine. A maintenance kit is provided, advising the correct procedure.
Periodically, you will have to clean it, using both an automatic and semi-automatic programmed process.
Standard Platen/ Print Sizes
The Ricoh Ri 100 has 3 platens (2A4 plus 1A5) which will allow you to pre/heat one shirt while printing an other. This will increase your number of clients.
The maximum printable area is 204 x 291 mm=Standard Size Tray A4.
For a Small Tray A5, the maximum printable area is 142 x 204mm.
However, while their warm – up time is 45 seconds or less, the Ricoh Ri 100 warm – up time is less than 35sec.
Support regarding wave form, ink evaluation, print heads implementation or any other issues can be found at Ricoh Company LTD.
The Ricoh Ri 100 printer is an affordable machine. Fast enough to provide you with a steady income. It’s compact and prints quite well.
While it does not print on dark materials, it can print on light cotton or 100% light polyester. It prints solid colour and on light coloured fabrics.
The Ricoh Ri 100 could be handy to print images of your puppy or items for your kids’ school events. It’s suitable for personalised t/shirts, tote bags, polo shirts and the like. Good for use at home and to share with your friends.
Considering its affordable cost and the minimum space it requires, I would recommend the Ricoh 100 Starter Jinkjet Printer for your home or business.
However, all those machines are much more expensive than the Ricoh Ri 100.
You get what you pay for I guess.