Want to print your own T-shirts? Over at DIY weblog Hack a Day they’ve built their very own direct-to-garment printer for much cheaper than the $US5,000 to $US10,000 versions.
In fact, Hack a Day used a lot of things they just had lying around, so the price of the project is difficult to determine. All you really need is a few choice pieces of particle board, plywood, or MDF, as well some screws, a ball bearing drawer track, and an Epson printer (though a few other brands may work). The necessary tools don’t include anything outside of the ordinary besides a Dremel, which you may already have if you’ve done any serious DIY work.
The project essentially consists of taking the printer’s head, carriage, paper feed motor, shaft, and power supply out of the casing and rebuilding it atop a drawer-like mechanism made out of the plywood or particle board. It definitely seems worth the effort if you’re into making your own t-shirts. Hit the link for the full instructions, and check out the video above to see it in action.
How-to: DIYDTG [Hack a Day]