Platinum Printer Member
- Jan 18, 2010
- Reaction score
- Wicklow Ireland
- Printer Model
- Canon/3D, CR-10, CR-10S, KP3
These 2 machines are a very expensive addition to the Canon Pro range and will give their owners the greatest colour and quality output that has been the hallmark of all the previous Pro printers that said, whether they will be very popular here on this Refill forum remains to be seen, and only time will tell..
From what I can see there is limit as to how far you can actually refill these printers, the Pro 200 dye ink machine needs the use of CLl-42 or CLl-8 carts to achieve a reasonable and accrete refill, with of course a chip change to make these carts acceptable to the printer.
But you’re going to need more than a change of carts and new 3rd party inks in order to print cheaply, now to get decent quality colour reproduction you may also need to generated your own profiles. Your saving will start to diminish before you print a single sheet.
Next you must disable ink monitoring to get this whole package to work together, but and here’s the rub, you’re going to have to check all the carts daily visually to insure you have sufficient ink left in the carts to complete your print job.
If your happy to do this on your brand new expensive printer then so be it, but it will also mean you’re going to be using a lot more ink than normal with purge cycles taking place every time you remove a cart to check the ink levers, this is precautionary to protect your print head.
Moving onto the pigment Pro 300, this printer will be a little easier to refill because you won’t have to exchange any of the carts, but unlike the dye Pro 200 you’ll have to remove and weight every cart before each print run, because you won’t be able to see how much ink is left inside a given cart.
To me, all of this just to save a little cash would be a bridge to far, but if you still want to save on inks then stick with the Pro 100 or Pro 10 as a far better option and solution, both these machines have good refilling support available now without risking a new print head purchase every 6 months. Try finding a Pro 100 or Pro 10 second hand, even with a damaged print head, there’re still well worth it..
This is just my two cent worth..
P.S. If you continue to print without ink monitoring, there is also something else to consider, these new machines have live active memories and may not like what you’re doing and can give a fatal error for the slightest reason, if you make the wrong move, and your new printer will be finished..