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How To Convert Your Epson EcoTank into a Sublimation Printer

Author: Crystal

Equipment

  • Epson EcoTank Printer
  • Hiipoo Sublimation Ink

Instructions

  • Unbox your printer and remove all of the plastic.¬†DO NOT¬†plug your printer in. Unbox your ink. Hiipoo Ink comes with a pair of gloves and syringes for filling your tanks with ink.
  • Put on your gloves. Open the housing that holds the ink tanks. Flip up the blue cover on the black ink tank. Fill one of the syringes with black Hiipoo Ink. Do this by removing the lid of the Hiipoo Ink Container, inserting the syringe into the top, tilting the bottle sideways and pulling up slowly on the plunger of the syringe. Once the syringe is full, insert the syringe into the hole of the ink tank and slowly press the plunger down to release the ink.
    Put on your gloves. Open the housing that holds the ink tanks. Flip up the blue cover on the black ink tank. Fill one of the syringes with black Hiipoo Ink. Do this by removing the lid of the Hiipoo Ink Container, inserting the syringe into the top, tilting the bottle sideways and pulling up slowly on the plunger of the syringe. Once the syringe is full, insert the syringe into the hole of the ink tank and slowly press the plunger down to release the ink.
  • Watch how full the ink tank is getting through the window on the front of the machine. I filled each of my tanks with four syringes full of ink. When your black tank is full, close the ink tank cover and repeat the process filling the yellow tank with yellow ink, the magenta tank with magenta ink and the cyan tank with cyan ink. Use a new syringe for each color of ink.
    Watch how full the ink tank is getting through the window on the front of the machine. I filled each of my tanks with four syringes full of ink. When your black tank is full, close the ink tank cover and repeat the process filling the yellow tank with yellow ink, the magenta tank with magenta ink and the cyan tank with cyan ink. Use a new syringe for each color of ink.

Printer Setup

  • Once all of your tanks are full, you can plug in your printer. Your printer will come with a card that has full instructions for setting up your printer, but the following steps are a general breakdown.
  • Once you plug in your printer it will have you select your location and the time.
  • Next your printer will go through a preparing sequence.
  • Before you can use your printer to print it needs to do a priming of the ink. Follow the instructions in your instruction booklet for how to go through this process because it might be slightly different for each printer. This uses up some of your sublimation ink, so you may want to top up your tanks when it is done. This step is only done the first time you set up your printer. After you top up your printer you can clean the syringes so that they are ready to use the next time you need to fill the ink in your printer.
  • Next your printer will run through an alignment sequence. You can use regular printer paper to print the alignment sheets.
  • Finally you will be able to connect your printer to your computer. You can do this either by using the disk that comes with your printer or by going to the link provided in your instruction book.
  • And now you are ready to print!