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Sublimation systems for digital decoration of white & pastel polyester garments and polymer-coated substrates.
 

Overview: Dye Sublimation and RICOH Gelsprinter technology

If you're looking for an affordable, entry level small format sublimation system, the Gxe3300N SubliJet-R package may be just what you need. The RICOH Gxe3300N's gelsprinter technology provides for longer periods of uninterrupted printing due to fewer clogs and less frequent refills. The 29ml ink cartridges hold over twice as much ink as comparably priced ink jet printers. Coupled with Sawgrass vivid, washfast, SubliJet-R inks, the Gxe3300N is a good starting point for the digital entrepreneur looking for a low cost entry into full color garment decoration, or production of custom imprinted specialty items including ceramic tiles, mugs, mouse pads, and more.

RICOH Gxe3300N features:

  • Advanced piezo print head producing resolutions up to 3,600 x 1,200 dpi.
  • Gel based inks for clog-free printing.
  • High speed printing: up to 137 sheets per hour.
  • Handles standard letter size (8.5" x 11") sheets.
  • High volume paper tray holds up to 250 sheets.
  • Higher capacity ink cartridges: no need for bulk ink systems.
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Possibilities, Productivity & Profit

The versatility of dye sublimation is one of its most appealing features. The same transfer process that produces vibrant garments with a incredibly soft "hand" can be used to transfer images to a large variety of polymer-coated substrates including aluminum plaques and sign blanks, ceramic tiles for souvenirs, ceramic mugs, stainless steel travel mugs, mouse pads for corporate branding and promotion, jigsaw puzzles, clipboards, decorative wood signs and more.
 

Cost and R.O.I. Estimates: Shirts

 

Cost and R.O.I. Estimates: Ceramic Mugs

  • Average polyester* shirt cost: $5.95
  • Average ink cost (8" x 10"): $73¢**
  • Average paper cost: 20¢
  • Total cost per shirt: $6.88
  • Average selling price: $15.00-$20.00
  • Gross Profit per shirt: $8.12 or more.
  • Production of just 10 shirts per day can generate over $400 per week in gross profit.
  • 100% return on investment in less than two weeks!
  • Average ceramic mug cost: $1.50
  • Average ink cost (5" x 12"): 45¢**
  • Average paper cost: 20¢
  • Total cost per mug: $2.15
  • Average selling price: $9.00 - $11.00
  • Gross Profit per mug: $6.85 or more.
  • Production of just 10 mugs per day can generate $342.50/ week in gross profit.
  • 100% return on investment in less than three weeks!
** Image cost and print speed estimates are provided for platform comparison purposes only. Results will vary and depend on many variables including image size, coverage, transfer media, substrate, color management settings etc.. Sample image is approximately 8" x 10" with approximately 50% ink coverage.
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Gxe3300N SubliJet equipment packages

 

RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R: Basic Package

 

RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R: Intermediate Package

  • RICOH Gxe3300N Gelsprinter
  • Hanes T-shirt Maker Plus garment clip art
  • Set of CMYK Gxe3300N SubliJet-R ink cartridges
  • 100 8.5" x 11" sheets of TruePix sublimation paper
  • Sawgrass SubliJet Gxe3300N PowerDriver
  • RICOH Gxe3300N Gelsprinter
  • Geo Knight JetPress JP12 swing away heat press
  • Hanes T-shirt Maker Plus garment clip art
  • Set of CMYK Gxe3300N SubliJet-R ink cartridges
  • 100 8.5" x 11" sheets of TruePix sublimation paper
  • Sawgrass SubliJet Gxe3300N PowerDriver

 

Package Price: $450.00

  Package Price: $699.00

 

RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R: Complete Package

 

RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R: Deluxe Package

  • RICOH Gxe3300N Gelsprinter
  • Geo Knight JetPress JP12 swing away heat press
  • LXi EXPERT vector graphic design software
  • Elements of Style contemporary garment templates
  • Hanes T-shirt Maker Plus garment clip art
  • Set of CMYK Gxe3300N SubliJet-R ink cartridges
  • 100 8.5" x 11" sheets of TruePix sublimation paper
  • Sawgrass SubliJet Gxe3300N PowerDriver
  • RICOH Gxe3300N Gelsprinter
  • Geo Knight DC16 Digital Combo heat press
  • LXi Master Plus vector graphic design software
  • Elements of Style contemporary garment templates
  • Hanes T-shirt Maker Plus garment clip art
  • Case of 36 Vapor Apparel™ white polyester T-shirts
  • Set of CMYK Gxe3300N SubliJet-R ink cartridges
  • 100 8.5" x 11" sheets of TruePix sublimation paper
  • Sawgrass SubliJet Gxe3300N PowerDriver
  Package Price: $1,199.00   Package Price: $2,199.00

See more Sawgrass Custom Imprint Package Option

RICOH Gx7000 ChromaBlast RICOH Gx7000 SubliJet Gxe3300N ChromaBlast-R Triple Threat Package
for white cotton garments for white polyester garments & sublimated specialty items for small white cotton garments Do it all with three GXe3300N printers for cotton, polyester, and dark garments!
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RICOH Gxe3300N Specifications

 
MSRP
$199
  Class Startup
  Maximum Media Size 8.5" x 14”
  Prints / Hour** Up to 144
  Ink Set CMYK
  Color Management SubliJet-R PowerDriver with ColorSure Palette
  Maximum Resolution 3,600 x 1,200 dpi
  Media Tray 250 Sheets
  Ink Delivery System High-Capacity Cartridges. Black capacity = 68ml. MYK cartridges hold 60ml.
  Options 100 Sheet Multi-Bypass Tray
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Support for RICOH Printers and Sawgrass inks

SignWarehouse customers purchasing RICOH ChromaBlast-R and SubliJet-R systems can expect support immediately from Sawgrass and ultimately from Sawgrass and SignWarehouse.  Sawgrass now works directly with end users to handle all technical support issues regarding RICOH printers using Sawgrass inks. Customers are encouraged to contact Sawgrass Technical Support to receive troubleshooting advice and if warranted, printer replacement.

If support is unavailable from Sawgrass Technologies, assistance will also be available from SignWarehouse on or after August 31st, 2010. Please reference the information below to access Sawgrass or SignWarehouse support resources.

SubliJet-R Quick Start and Installation Guides for RICOH Gxe3300N
  Quick start setup tips:  
 
  • Do not install the RICOH OEM ink cartridges when setting up your printer. Follow the instructions in the setup documents below to ensure a quick and easy start to your RICOH SubliJet experience.
  • If you use the RICOH driver CD that comes with your Gxe3300N, you will be asked to download the latest printer firmware after installing the driver. To save a step, you may want to simply download and install the most recent driver from RICOH instead. A link to the driver is provided below for your convenience.
  RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R Installation Guide. Download latest Sawgrass Gxe3300N PowerDriver
  Sawgrass GXe3300N Setup Videos
  Sawgrass Technologies Support SignWarehouse Support
  Hours:



Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM EST Hours:



Monday - Friday, 7AM - 11PM CST

Saturday, 9AM - 4PM CST

Sunday, 1 - 5PM CST

  Toll Free Phone: 1-888-253-1679 Toll Free Phone: 1-800-966-1783
  E-mail: support@sawgrassink.com E-mail: support@signwarehouse.com
  Online Resources SubliJet Support Documents Online Resources SignWarehouse knowledge base
    Tech Support Request Form   SignWarehouse Blog
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FAQ for RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R System

Q: What is the difference between the Gxe3300N and an Epson C88 or C120?
A: RICOH's Gelsprinter technology uses a gel based ink instead of an aqueous formula used by most other inkjet manufacturers. The result is a significant reduction in clogged nozzles and therefore, better productivity.
Q: Is there a bulk ink option for the Gxe3300N?
A: No. The Gxe3300N's 29ml ink cartridges are twice as large as those cartridges used in the Epson C88 & 120 desktop printers. Those interested in a larger capacity Gelsprinter should consider purchasing a Gx7000 SubliJet-R system.
Q: What kinds of things can I decorate using SubliJET inks?
A: Dye sublimation is a very versatile imprinting method and can be used on white or light colored polyester fabric, and a host of polymer-coated substrates including mouse pads, ceramic and stainless steel mugs, decorative ceramic tiles, clipboards, jigsaw puzzles, license plate blanks and more. Almost any polymer-coated item that can be safely placed in a press at temperatures of 400°F for 30 seconds or more can be sublimated.  Cotton garments cannot be sublimated, but can be imprinted using Sawgrass ChromaBlast ink and paper.
Q: Can I sublimate T-shirts using a household iron?
A: Because the process requires sustained temperatures of 400°F, a household iron is not recommended. An industrial grade heat press is required for satisfactory sublimation. Suitable heat presses for sublimating polyester garments are available for under $300.00.
Q: What is the approximate print cost of using the plug-in cartridges? How many shirts does a set of cartridges produce?
A: Print costs for sublimation vary greatly depending on image size, ink saturation levels and the object printed. As noted above, a typical 8" x 10" graphic with 50% ink coverage costs only about 73¢ to print.  Not all images use the same amount of ink. And the Power Driver includes options for four level of color saturation to assist in color management.  Users can choose from realistic, saturated, intense, or grayscale.  The choice of saturation levels will affect ink usage and therefore, the number of shirts produced from a single cartridge. 
Q: Can I use SubliJet-R cartridges in my own ink jet printer?
A: Because dye sublimation requires a specific type of ink jet head, and because the Sawgrass SubliJet-R inks require the use of the Power Driver, these inks can only be used in piezo printers for which Sawgrass has drivers.
Q: Can I decorate black or dark-colored shirts with SubliJET ink?
A: Because the dye sublimation process uses water-based process color inks, correct or acceptable image quality is only possible when sublimating white or light-colored garments.  Dye sublimation is not suitable for use on dark shirts. For dark shirt decoration, you will need a white, adhesive-backed thermal ink jet media such as EnduraTex DarkJET, a screen printer, or a white ink enabled direct to garment print system.
Q: What type of computer system will I need to get the optimum output from the RICOH Gxe3300N?
A: For optimum performance, Sawgrass Technologies recommends a Pentium Dual Core Processor with a speed of 3.0 GHz or higher.  One gigabyte of RAM is the minimum amount of memory. However, 2GB or more of RAM are recommended to process larger documents with high quality settings. Greater than 1 GB of free hard drive space is required for proper file management and software operation. The SubliJet-R Gxe3300N driver is compatible with 32 and 64-bit Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7 and MAC OS10.5 or later operating systems. 
Q: What paper sizes does the Gxe3300N support?
A: The RICOH Gxe3300N can print on envelopes and standard letter (8.5" x 11") and legal (8.5" x 14"), sized paper.  True Pix Classic transfer paper is available in 8.5" x 11", 11" X 17", and 13" x 19" sheets, and 13" x 100 foot rolls.
Q:

What is the ink configuration of the Gxe3300N SubliJet-R system?

A: Both the RICOH Gxe3300N and Gx7000 printers are four color process printers using a standard CMYK ink set.
Q: Who should use the Gxe3300N SubliJet-R solution?
A: The RICOH Gxe3300N SubliJet-R sublimation system is designed for customers who wish to start dye sublimation with an affordable, desktop sized printer. It's primarily designed for low volume use. Customers expecting to produce large quantities of sublimated prints are encouraged to consider the Gx7000 SubliJet-R system. The Gxe300N SubliJet-R system is also ideal for current users of older desktop Epson based systems whose printers are ready to be replaced.  The CMYK gamut of the RICOH printers may not be ideal for users desiring a wide range of specifically matched colors including deep blues and vivid reds. For more information about how color space should be considered when choosing a garment decoration system, please click here or visit the SignWarehouse Blog.

* Sublimation requires the use of polyester garments (or polymer-coated substrates). For imprinting cotton garments, use Sawgrass ChromaBlast inks. Click here to view ChromaBlast-R packages for the RICOH Gxe3300N.

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