Last year when I started looking into sublimation, I began with the printer options. I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to invest into this new hobby so I looked at the options to use Epson printers for my sublimation projects.
Sublimation ink comes as bottles to fill printer tanks. Since the standard inkjet printer utilizes cartridges, these printers require conversion kits to an ink tank on the side. With the Epson EcoTank printer, converting a printer for sublimation is super easy because it simply requires filling the tanks with sublimation ink.
I purchased the Epson EcoTank ET-2720 and it has worked great for my sublimation projects. One thing to note is that with the nature of these printers/tanks, they cannot be used for sublimation once they have been used with regular printer ink.
The refill bottles for the Epson EcoTank have a special top that will open when depressed into the individual color tank. The sublimation ink bottles don’t have these special tops so they take a bit of care to fill the tanks. I did have a bit leak out while filling the tanks, so now I make sure to put a piece of cardboard under the printer before filling the tanks.
If the printer sits for a while, it may require a few head cleaning cycles. I had a slight panic in January when my sublimation prints were coming out without any black ink. Of course this was happening just a couple days before we left for Disneyland, and I was trying to make some tees for the trip. I hadn’t used the printer for about a month, so I was worried that the ink had hardened and was blocking the ink from coming out. Fortunately, after a couple cleaning cycles it was working good as new.
For ink, I used Printers Jack Sublimation Ink in the Epson EcoTank printer. The paper is an important aspect for quality transfers. I’ve had good luck with the A-Sub Sublimation paper in all my projects.
If I start using more sublimation in my Etsy shop, I might invest into an official sublimation printer, but for now the Epson EcoTank works perfect for my needs.
Sublimation is a fun hobby that is perfect to compliment Silhouette or Cricut projects.