Yes it is!
It uses the Icing Images Genesis series cartridges!
AI love icing images happy with all the help I get from them!!!
AI was just wondering because the printers have 2 different model numbers and the prices are very different. I just wanted to make sure im ordering the correct ink cartridges.
Thank you so much!!! Have you tried DECOgel?
cakeaddct, they take the same cartridges, our Genesis series so you are fine!
APlease Help#!! I was given a cannon pixma as a gift. I normally order my images but it has gotten out of control where i needed my own. I have already played and tested it out but i seem to be having one slight problem. The images are not vibrant enough. They come out dull almost faded looking. Does anyone know how i can work this out???
Congratulations!!! If you are using our inks, then you want to have the proper settings. Make sure that the paper type is set to Matte with standard quality. If you received our printer, then it came with a CD with all the setup documents, troubleshooting etc!! Lots of good info!
You can always contact our office directly at 540 869 5511540 869 5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Okay Thank you so much!!
One thing you have to be careful with on Cake Central is sometimes the information is a bit old and with Canon printers and edible printing it changes yearly! You can get the cartridges on our website. If you go to edible ink cartridges and put the model number in, it will come up. But we no longer sell the printers, they have been upgraded. The current series is the mg6620 and actually they are on sale right now and selling like hotcakes!!! Please let me know if you have any further questions.
Hello Everyone—I just noticed this conversation and wanted to provide some additional information. We have been selling edible printing products since the late 1980s so are familiar with the trials and tribulations of edible printing. Edible printing can be frustrating because you’re printing with edible ink but are using equipment designed to utilize conventional ink. Therefore, the #1 problem to overcome is Printhead Clogging. This can be a constant problem when the equipment is not used regularly, but even when it is, a disciplined approach to maintenance is key to MINIMIZING problems. I emphasize “minimizing” because clogging is inevitable with any edible printing system, but you can certainly make your life easier by following certain steps on a consistent basis. If anyone is interested, we have an instruction sheet on our website, www.sweetart.com, that details these steps. Look for the Support Information link at the bottom of the home page.
Some of you may know that Sweet Art once sold an expensive edible printing machine designed to print directly to cakes, cookies, etc., but we are no longer involved with that business. Now, the larger marketplace wants to print onto edible paper sheets rather than directly onto the food item because it is much less expensive to implement, and this makes a lot of sense.
It is very easy to put together your own system as pointed out by another poster. Here is what we recommend as of Aug. 2015:
- Buy your own printer directly from a vendor like www.Amazon.comand then buy your supplies
separately. What specifically works? Currently, the best printer for edible
printing is the Canon PIXMA iX6820 which can print onto all sizes of edible sheets
currently available, including the largest 11 x 17-in. size. This printer feeds
from the rear of the printer rather than the front, and contrary to what you
may have heard, this is important. Forcing the sheet to make a U-turn within
the printer is going to create any number of problems including feed problems,
ink tracking, etc. Most of Canon’s printers only feed from the front,
so that is why many edible suppliers have begun saying they are now suitable,
but they are not. Stick with a straight-through feed path like that available with the iX6820.
- Buy the cartridges and edible sheets from a reputable supplier, and make sure they are selling products produced in the U.S. (for obvious reasons!). When buying food products, do not attempt to save money on items assembled overseas. Cheaper cartridges may not provide as many prints as those that are slightly higher in cost so the savings can be an illusion, and the peace of mind that goes with knowing your cartridges are hygienically “Made in America” is worth it.
- The last piece of the puzzle is to come up with a software program to use for creating your designs and printing them onto the edible sheet. You can use a non-decorating-specific program like Microsoft Word, but the small upfront expense to purchase a simple cake decorating program designed to print onto edible sheets (including cookie rounds and business card-style sheets) is well worth it, and by buying the program outright, you have control of it and aren’t forced to purchase certain supplies to “unlock” it.
That’s about it. Following these suggestions (at today’s prices) you can purchase the Large Format iX6820, Cartridges, Sheets AND dedicated Decorating Software for less than $330.00 which will give you the same system most of our commercial clients use on a daily basis.
I hope some of this information is helpful.
Scott that is great information. I would like to add to it if I may. We also have been around for along time, since the 90's and are happy you are sharing here to help decorators make solid choices they are not disappointed with. All companies inks are different, however some company's resell other brands. Using printers keeps them happy, however our inks have really come a long way allowing people to go further between prints. Some companies require you to print daily, while for us we are weekly or biweekly. But again, you must use it!
Regarding item number one and the straight through path, that is only required for certain icing sheet brands. The Icing Images Premium Icing Sheet has no problem making the U turn, its not that sharp of a U turn and it is fine if you are using our Premium Sheets, if you are not, then I fully agree that you may want to consider the straight through path. I am sure you will agree that Canons have fewer problems and are much easier to maintain then other edible printer brands. If you are interested in trying our sheets, shoot us an email or call us so you can test it yourself!
Regarding item 2. All cartridges are made outside the US, there may be a few that are not, but the Ink and the assembly you want to stay with US dealers. You are 100% correct. if you buy cheap you are buying problems.
Regarding item 3. We do not recommend using non graphics programs such as word to print graphics. You may find that colors do not match up correctly as the file is not interpreted properly by the printing software. Our company tackled that head on and offer a free program to our customers, no codes, you just have to use our products as it is designed around our icing sheets. It prints the circles, business cards as well as the large sheets and gives you so many options and more importantly it is simple to use and it prints as a graphic!
Hello Sweet-Art and Icingimages,
My company is pretty new in Edible printing. We have a long time in the market in traditional bakery in Elizabeth, NJ. I was doing some research regarding the best printer for edible products, so I ran into a warning from Canon saying that their printers are not intended for using edible ink nor edible paper. I am confused about this; the manufacturer, Canon, says something but I read your are success in selling and using the Canon printers; moreover, your clients are widely satisfied by using your products and they recommend them.
I have already decided to purchase the Canon printer recommended by Sweet_Art since most of our clients are companies with big logos. The thing is that I still have a kind of splinter in my head about the Canon warning, so if you have either any additional comment or recommendation, that would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for contacting me. Canon makes its money on consumables and will loose money if it is servicing printers from inks that do not come from them. They loose their profit! So yes they will stay as far away from that product as they can. There are several different types of edible inks out there. Some are good and some are not so good. Some edible companies warranty their products, printers etc...some don't. We have very high quality ink, that is why its not the cheapest out there. But because its so good, its also not the most expensive! We also warranty printers sold from our company so that we can use our own products and customers do not have the risk of not being able to get service. Some companies, actually a lot of them, do not warranty their printers, if they do its 30 days on everything. WE offer a one year on everything but the printhead which is 30 days. The only reason it isnt longer than 30 days is that normally with our inks the problem in a printhead is due to people not using their printers!
I hope this has helped! Let me know if I can be of further assistance!
I agree that Canon printers are the best choice among the current inkjet printers on the market because of the removeable (and replaceable) printheads as well as the rear feed on the Canon iX6820 printer. It is my understanding that Canon will void the warranty for any printer that is used for edible printing use, so I am sure the information that you received regarding this disclaimer on the part of Canon is correct.
The best approach would be to realize the printers are all relatively inexpensive making any warranty protection less of a concern. By the time you pay shipping and handling, etc. to return a printer for inspection for a warranty claim (which could be denied), as well as suffer the lost revenue during the downtime while the printer is out of service, you are really better off to just replace it and get back to work. The offer of a warranty for an item in this price range is really just a marketing approach to allow the printers to be dramatically marked up in price.
Best of luck and let us know if you need any more information. Also, please visit us on Facebook (and LIKE us too!) for periodic information about edible printing. www.facebook.com/sweetartcompany
Legally, Canon cannot void the warranty, however they can put up a big fight and its not worth the fight with them. Edible printing companies like Icing Images are a full service one stop shopping professionals that provides exceptional customer service for edible printers. While under warranty with Icing Images, 99 percent of the time we can help you over the phone so there is little to no down time, there is no premature purchase of a printer when it is not truly "dead" as we can help to determine that. If under warranty, it gets replaced and shipping is handled by Icing Images when the printer does malfunction. (in addition, Icing Images has been known to print and ship images to their customers with down printers until their issue is resolved, within reason!) I have seen non Icing Images customers buy printers every two months because their printer was having problems when it was a simple fix. I cringe when we find those customers who make that mistake. Having a full service company like Icing Images behind you every step of the way is imperative as not only do we not like wasting our own money, we really do not like wasting our customers either and making the correct choice based upon edible printing experts who back you up is imperative with edible technology.
One of the ways to provide excellent service is to start with excellent products that we personally use every day to make sure there are very few problems. Experts and leading decorators in the industry choose our products for their bakeries, competitions and classes such as Dana Herbert, Next Great Baker, CMSA Peggy Tucker, CMSA Mike Terry, Renown Sugar Artist and author Colette Peters and so many more because Icing Images products are not only is our service impeccable, but our products are ones that represent them well in their endeavors.
Are we perfect, no absolutely not, but we sure aim at perfection always trying to improve everything. Our job is to keep you printing beautiful edible prints that bring smiles to your customers face!
This is great information. Sweet Art you mentioned getting the right design program for edible images. Which programs do you recommend. I have lots of experience using Word and Publisher for my home printing but I am new to the edible image program and could use a recommendation. Thanks!
In the interest of full disclosure, we have been in the edible printing business since the 1980s, so have our own dedicated Sweet Art Decorating software that is available on our website at http://sweetart.com/sweet-art-v5-0-decorating-software/ or you may also be interested in a Starter Kit at http://sweetart.com/decorating-starter-kits/ which couples the Sweet Art software with the edible ink and edible paper sheets you will need for printing.
There are a few other software solutions, but unlike the Sweet Art software, most tie the use of their software to the purchase of the supplies by providing a key of some sort. Our philosophy is to allow you to purchase the software and then it is yours to use without any restrictions related to the continued purchase of supplies.
Using a software designed specifically for cake decorating makes it much simpler to quickly create a design, and with the Sweet Art software, you can also easily create photo or logo cookies, cupcakes and other edible items in addition to cake decorating.
I hope this helps and let us know if you have further questions.
We are sticking with our original recommendation of the Canon PIXMA iX6820 (see our previous post, above). It is a great printer that can print every size of edible sheet available from the standard 8-1/2" x 11" to the large 11" x 17" icing sheets. These printers also have the advantage of a rear paper feed so the edible sheet doesn't have to be fed into the front and make a "U-Turn" to come back out the front like on most of the other Canon printer models. This is more reliable, in our opinion.
Although we sell the printers through our website, the least expensive way is to just buy it directly from an online retailer like B&H Photo (free shipping) or Adorama and then buy the supplies from a respectable supplier. From Sweet Art, the proper cartridges for this printer are the SA300-series (http://sweetart.com/edible-cartridges/sa300-cartridges/).
Hope this helps,