In our standard toner ceramic brand set, the original cyan, megenta, yellow, and black toners are replaced with equivalent ceramic versions. The megenta colour tends to fire darker than you would see on a converted laser printer and consequently red colours can appear more opaque
In our red toner set the magenta toner is replaced with a rad in order to achieve a truer red colour, but this does compromise some of the other colours which would normally contain magenta such as purple and blue colours
Typically digitally printed ceramic transfers are used for firing on-glase: this means that the transfers are fused on to the ware at around 800c. At the tempreture the glasswill remain hard and the colours are fused to the surface of the glaze, hence the term conglaze; fire at higher tempretures and fire the colours in to the glaze then it is necessary to use ceramic toners with.
STANDARD CERAMIC TONER SET
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black
RED FLUXED SET
Cyan, Red, Cad Yellow, Black
Blue, Red, Yellow, Black
FotoCeramic is a supplier of digital ceramic systems for printing custom ceramic transfers or decals using a laser printer and special ceramic toners.
The ceramic digital printing system uses a standard colour laser digital printer. Printers such as the Ricoh SP C440 and the larger Ricoh SP C840 printer can be used for this purpose. Used machines such as the Ricoh SP C430, Ricoh SP820, Ricoh SP 830, and Riccoh MP C2500 are also suitable for conversion.
To be suitable for digital ceramic printing the laser printer must be toner based and use a two component technology.
This means that it must have a separate developer unit containing the toner and a carrier.
To convert the digital printer for printing custom ceramic transfers we recommend that you begin by replacing the original toner in the toner bottles with ceramic toner. Videos showing the process are available on our Youtube channel. For a new machine you should not switch on the machine with the original toner bottles in place as this will fill the hoppers and supply tubes with the original toner.
If you are converting a used machine then the original toner needs to be flushed through by using the forced toner supply option in service mode. After filling the toner bottles with ceramic toner then disable the toner end detect in service mode.
After installing the ceramic toner in the toner bottles (and implementing the forced toner supply for a used machine) the next stage is to replace the developer in the colour developer units. The original developer should be replaced with a ceramic developer containing a mix of ceramic toner and the metal carrier. The developer units can be easily removed from the printer. They are then taken apart to separate the photosensitive drum (PCU) from the developer unit. The developer unit is opened and the original developer is removed. Usually a toner vacuum cleaner is used here to remove the last remnants of the original developer. The new ceramic developer containing ceramic toner is added to the unit, which can then be reassembled and put back in the printer. Each developer unit should be removed in turn and the carrier replaced with a new carrier containing ceramic toner. FotoCeramic supplies ceramic developers in which the carrier and ceramic toner have been mixed in the correct proportions specifically for each model digital printer. After replacing each developer unit then the unit needs to be reinitialized from the service mode. The printer should then be calibrated for the ceramic toners which have been installed.
The decal paper is best used from the bypass tray using a 'thick 3' or 'thick 4' paper setting. Ceramic toners are more difficult to fuse than the original toner set and using the thick paper setting will slow down the process and allow more time for the fusing to take place. We recommend the use of a thin decal paper to further aid the fusing such as Unical 155.
On our FotoCeramic YouTube channel, there is a collection of tutorial videos on a variety of different maintenance methods for specific printers. As the collection grows you may see your specific printer be featured however If your printer is not featured you're welcome to contact us via any channel on the site.
RICOH SP C440
This 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 printers and can manage with small format prints this is an ideal starting point.
Print size: A4 (210mm x 297mm)
RICOH SP C840
The ‘big brother’ to the C440 desktop printer, the Ricoh SP C840 is capable of ceramic printers paper in widths of 320mm and lengths of 450mm. 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 (RECONDITIONED)
We 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 ceramic printers have proved to be very reliable, easy to use and maintain. They are a particular favourite of ours and if you are working on a tight budget they are worthy of serious consideration.
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