Turn Your Printer Into A Self-Filling Inkjet

If you're serious about avoiding cartel-level prices on ink cartridges, or even refilling services, you can convert a multi-color inkjet printer into a continuous inking model for serious long-term savings.

DIY bible MAKE's blog points to an oldie-but-goodie tutorial from 2002 by Eddie Matejowsky. His multi-page, in-depth tutorial explains how to convert the ink tanks in an Epson Stylus 760 to accept continuous ink refills, bought in bulk at serious discount, and how to piece together a custom circuit board that keeps the printer from demanding you hand over your credit card when the cartridges run "empty".

Matejowsky's project is not a one-hour lark, and it takes a few tools that semi-pro tinkerers may not have handy. It can, however, be worked on other printers, as Hack n' Mod shows a Canon printer with continuous inking. Commenters there also point out that you can meet your big savings halfway by buying an continuous inking kit for something close to $US50 on sites like eBay.

Tell us whether you'd ever attempt a total printer conversion like this to save money, or if you've found another way to beat the printer cabal at the ink game, in the comments.

Epson Stylus 760 - A home made continuous inking system (CIS,CFS) [Eddiem.com via Make: Online]


Comments

    I've been using a cis from Mitac, a Melbourne co., for 6 months. My printer is a canon mx850 multifunction device. I am very happy with the cis. I cn just forget abt it most of the time. It came with clear instructions but ironically, poorly printed instructional photos!
    I have tried various ink systems over years. This is my favourite.
    Strangely and happily, I print less these days as I can send brochures, invoices etc by email. Very few of my contacts are now snail mail only.

    Correction. the system I am using is from RIHAC, not Mitac which must have been a figment of my imaginaton.

    I have no idea about this, what a great way to save. Its quite intersting to apply it on a printer.

    I have an Epson photo R220. I used to take the cartridges out and fill them and then restart them with a small tool I brought, that tell it it is full again. However by the time the messy ink was wearing of my hands it would be time to do it again. I then started to just put the ink into the cartridge while it was still in the printer. I do it before the thing tell me I am out if ink. I have not had to relight with my sapper since I have been doing it this way, and I never get any ink on my hands nower days

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