Printers


GENERAL INFORMATION

All of our printers are fully converted at our premises in Stoke-on-Trent. We have over 15 years experience with colour laser printers and photocopiers since converting a Canon CLC700 for ceramic transfer printing back in 1999. Since then we have worked with printers from Canon, Xerox, Panasonic, Konica Minolta and more recently Ricoh.

In order to prepare a printer for ceramic use it is necessary to replace the original developers and toners with specially manufactured high temperature stable ceramic toners. The whole process can be completed in a few hours after which the printer needs to be calibrated for use with the installed ceramic toners.

After purchasing a converted printer all you need to start producing your own ceramic transfers is a PC or Mac to generate your images, a decal paper on which to print the images and a means of applying a covercoat to transfer the image from the paper to the ceramic or glass article.

For best results we suggest using a screen printed covercoat, but if, like most of our clients you are inexperienced in screen printing then very acceptable results can be achieved with a dry laminated covercoat.

FotoCeramic supplies a full range of consumables for digital ceramic transfer printing.

Listed below are some of the current converted products which through our own knowledge and experience we have found to be most suitable for printing custom ceramic transfers.


RICOH SP C430

Ricoh SP C430This small desktop Ricoh printer, popular with schools, colleges and craft decorators has proved to be both reliable and easy to maintain. If you are new to ceramic transfer printing and can manage with small format (up to 20x28cm) prints this is an ideal starting point.


RICOH SP C820

Ricoh SP C820The ‘big brother’ to the C430 desktop printer, the Ricoh SP C820 is capable of printing paper in widths of 305mm and lengths in excess of 1 metre. The printer is used by clients requiring higher volume output or larger format, such as that needed for tiled murals or collector plates.


RICOH MP C2500

Ricoh MP C2500We have been using several of these printers at our studios in Stoke-on-Trent for over 5 years now and have completed well in excess of 100,000 prints. The printers have proved to be very reliable, easy to use and maintain. Although these printers have been discontinued we are normally able to source good used models for conversion. They are a particular favourite of ours and if you are working on a tight budget they are worthy of serious consideration.


CANON CLC1100

Canon CLC 1100Canon CLCs are probably the most widely used of all ceramic printers. The CLC1100 series has been discontinued for a number of years now and it is becoming increasingly difficult to find well maintained machines. Whilst they are capable of excellent print quality they are problematic and much more difficult to maintain than the newer Ricoh models.

 

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