I can help You Can Turn Your Own Printer
Into A Colour (Cmyk) Ceramic Printer
I was able to make changes to a colour laser printer so that it was able to print coloured ceramic decals in my studio. You too can do this, by yourself, for about 20% that it would cost by buying the least expensive "turnkey" system from most ceramic printer companies.
There is one important caveat for doing this: When you use the toner I used, the humidity in the space where the printer is kept must never be allowed to go above 40% RH.
I have actually exceeded that relative humidity in my studio during the first summer but I didn’t detect any problems. However, if it does the remedy is easy — simply put the toner (with the cartridge into a warming tank for 3-5 hours and keep it within the range 32 to 42 degrees Celsius.
I recommend the Xerox Phaser 6510 printer.
Most toner manufacturer companies recommend Ricoh colour laser printers because they are durable for commercial use, but they are very heavy, and expensive to purchase and ship, and it requires large amounts of toner and developer powder, when purchased from European and North American suppliers. Even studios who sell decals and decal services sometimes cannot afford to restock the toner.
In my opinion the most affordable, lighter but still very durable printer which can produce equally high quality prints is the Xerox Phaser 6510 printer. The money saved on the cost of the printer can be put into extended service coverage from Xerox which is VERY GOOD. They come right to your studio to do the repairs!
The Xerox 6510 is widely available in North American and Europe and is ideal for studio use. It is larger and heavier than most desktop printers but can fit into all but the smallest of studios.
The reason that my printer's conversion is so much less expensive is that I purchased my high quality supplies from China.
The least expensive way to get all the toners and supplies you need for the Xerox 6510 is to buy directly from Chuangjie, where they manufacture coloured ceramic toner and developer for Xerox printers.
You can do this on your own as I did and figure out how to do the conversion.
The Do-It-Yourself Part
If you go it alone, as I and others have done you must figure out how to exchange the contents of the Xerox printer toner cartridges and developer cartridges with the ceramic powders you buy from Chuangjie or elsewhere.
If you want, I can provide you with instructions and photos (PDF) to convert the printer. ($100*)
For a reasonable fee that will save you much time, considerable effort, and perhaps grief, I can provide full service support to help you convert the XEROX 6510 Laser Colour Printer.
This means I would provide you with all the materials, instructions, technical support and enough toner (50 grams per colour), developer (90 grams per colour), decal paper and lamination paper (100 sheets of each) that you would need to convert your own Xerox Phaser 6510. This would allow most privates to make decals for one to two years. The amount of developer should last indefinitely as it is used up at a very slow rate. I normally charge $1200* for this.
In addition I can also resupply the following as your need arises:
- Waterslide paper and lamination paper, CMYK ceramic toner.
- Replacement toner cartridges and chips, and developer cartridges (without the developer cartridge rollers) and chips.
* Dollar amounts are in US dollars since most of those who have expressed interest have not been from Canada where I reside.