Edible Ink + Pixma Printer= Hell No!! Just An Fyi....

Decorating By dcabrera Updated 19 Sep 2010 , 6:50am by auntginn

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 5:23am
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Don't ever do this!! I just ruined my printer and it's going to cost me close to $150 to repair it. I read lots of advice from the forums and figured I'd save some money and give it a shot, the outcome...it ended up costing me more.

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Normita Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 5:41am
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What happened?

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 6:44am
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What happened?



My tank clogged and did a million things to try to fix it. I called canon and they said anything with sugar will definitely clog the tank. They said edible inks are for "Edible Ink Printers." I figured since websites like Kopy Kake" say certain printers are compatible with their ink, it wouldn't be a problem. I was wrong. They never recommend third party ink. In the end, it cost more because you have to do a cleaning every time you switch your edible ink to permanent and v.s to make sure you get it all out so it doesn't clog. I'm so mad at myself for doing this.

milissasmom Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 7:01am
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Wow...sorry to hear you had a bad experience icon_sad.gif I have used edible ink in the Canon printer I purchased just for this purpose and I have had no problems with the kopykake inks in the past 3 years! Hope you find a solutions that works for you!

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 7:19am
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Originally Posted by milissasmom

Wow...sorry to hear you had a bad experience icon_sad.gif I have used edible ink in the Canon printer I purchased just for this purpose and I have had no problems with the kopykake inks in the past 3 years! Hope you find a solutions that works for you!



What printer do you have and how often do you use it?

Coral3 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 11:11am
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It is a good idea to have a completely separate printer just for edible printing.

grandmaruth Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 11:43am
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I dont believe you should ever mix the 2...always have a separate printer just for edible ink...if not ..how can you ever be sure that some of the other ink isnt on your "edible prints"?..even with just my edible ink printer i always clean print heads before using it...

leah_s Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 12:26pm
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"it cost more because you have to do a cleaning every time you switch your edible ink to permanent and v.s . . ."

You should never do that in the first place. You must have a printer completely dedicated to edible ink and printing.

Crimsicle Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 5:12pm
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I know these problems can be really frustrating. I lost two printer heads to clogging issues over the years, so I feel your pain. But...a printer should never EVER be used for both edible and regular printing.

And as for the edible inks being used only in "Edible Printers." What a load! There is no such thing as a special printer for edible images. It's just a regular printer that is fitted with edible inks. It just boils my blood when "experts" lead people astray that way!

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 9:49pm
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Originally Posted by leah_s

"it cost more because you have to do a cleaning every time you switch your edible ink to permanent and v.s . . ."

You should never do that in the first place. You must have a printer completely dedicated to edible ink and printing.





Leah_s,...exactly. I was just experimenting, I used edible ink only (I heard I could do this for my everyday printing) and it got clogged. I used permanent ink to try to unclog it and use it as a normal printer from then on. The edible ink was leaving my paper too wet. When I went to put the permanent ink it was already clogged.
I'm going to get the pixma fixed, but now I need a cake printer. I really can't afford to spend much since I only do this as a hobby. What do you guys recommend?

Kimmers971 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 9:54pm
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Why are you using both types of ink in the first place? Regular ink isn't food safe and is causing cross contamination. Buying a seperate printer is relatively cheap.

topaz176 Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 10:17pm
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Originally Posted by milissasmom

Wow...sorry to hear you had a bad experience icon_sad.gif I have used edible ink in the Canon printer I purchased just for this purpose and I have had no problems with the kopykake inks in the past 3 years! Hope you find a solutions that works for you!





Which printer ( serial #) are you using ?
I would also like to know from dcabrera because I am planning into buying a canon.

I am finished with epson. It last only one year.
The ink pad reached end of its life time and I heard its better to buy a new one.

auntginn Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 10:50pm
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I have used edible inks and Canon printers for years. (Canon is the only brand printer I have ever owned)

Mine don't clog, but when I first started here is what I was taught.

If you use the printer frequently there should not be clogging. But if you allow the ink tanks to sit without usage, they dry up and that is what's causing the clogging.

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 11:16pm
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Originally Posted by Kimmers971

Why are you using both types of ink in the first place? Regular ink isn't food safe and is causing cross contamination. Buying a seperate printer is relatively cheap.




I tried to use edible ink for everyday use so I wouldn't have two printers sitting around. I used the permanent ink that came with the printer later to unclog it.

dcabrera Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 11:21pm
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Originally Posted by topaz176

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Originally Posted by milissasmom

Wow...sorry to hear you had a bad experience icon_sad.gif I have used edible ink in the Canon printer I purchased just for this purpose and I have had no problems with the kopykake inks in the past 3 years! Hope you find a solutions that works for you!




Which printer ( serial #) are you using ?
I would also like to know from dcabrera because I am planning into buying a canon.

I am finished with epson. It last only one year.
The ink pad reached end of its life time and I heard its better to buy a new one.



I have the Pixma MX700 which I don't recommend for edible image printing. It's big bulky, noisy, expensive, and it takes forever to print. I just bought the Canon IP3500 on Amazon for $55. I will be using the IP3500 exclusively for edible images.

LindaF144a Posted 16 Sep 2010 , 11:33pm
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If you shop around, I bet you can buy two printers for that $150, they are so cheap nowadays.

icingimages Posted 17 Sep 2010 , 1:50pm
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Originally Posted by auntginn

I have used edible inks and Canon printers for years. (Canon is the only brand printer I have ever owned)

Mine don't clog, but when I first started here is what I was taught.

If you use the printer frequently there should not be clogging. But if you allow the ink tanks to sit without usage, they dry up and that is what's causing the clogging.



Auntginn is correct, if you are not going to be able to use your printer regularly, then it really is not worth printing with edibles. Because the inks are edible and they do not have the thinners in it that regular inks have, you must use the printer to keep it happy. Edible inks do vary between manufacturers as well.

Never ever ever mix edibles and non edibles. One or the others. Because the inks are left all over the printer when they are used in there, not just the printhead, there is no way other then refurbishing the machine to get it all clean.

auntginn Posted 17 Sep 2010 , 3:40pm
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For me there is more to consider than the price of the printer. While they are cheap, durability in important. I print an average of 15 sheets per week so I want my printer to last. I also want good quality pictures.

I realize not everybody is going to do that much work on their printer just an FYI since price was mentioned.

LindaF144a Posted 17 Sep 2010 , 3:48pm
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Originally Posted by auntginn

For me there is more to consider than the price of the printer. While they are cheap, durability in important. I print an average of 15 sheets per week so I want my printer to last. I also want good quality pictures.

I realize not everybody is going to do that much work on their printer just an FYI since price was mentioned.




I print way more than that in a week. We have had another printer last for years now too, with no service to it either. The only reason I bought a second one was because the first one went to college with DD. Her whole suite of 6 room mates use it and it is still going strong. We sent it to school with my DD and told her when it died, we would replace. 3 years later and it is still going strong.

Price nowadays does not relate to durability. Picture printers are a different story.

15 pages per week is so small, that's less than 3 pages a day, even for a printer that does photos. Did you leave out a 0? There is no way that even the cheapest printer can't handle that. That is not even close to heavy workload for a printer in a house, especially one with kids. In my house it is just the two of us and I am printing out stuff all the time, probably more than my kids did.

Certainly there is more to consider than price, but having separate printers for both is doable for $150 and you get durability also in that price range. A lot more durability than you would trying to use the printer for both functions.

auntginn Posted 17 Sep 2010 , 5:36pm
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Ok sorry, I should have clarified that. I'm only talking about the edible sheets I print. My regular printer would definately have a zero added. lol.

there are some weeks that I go thru 2 packages of edible sheets in a week, but overall it balances out.

cakeaddikt Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 5:35am
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What company has the best ink cartridges and icing sheets?? I have a Canon Pixma and anxious to get started.

auntginn Posted 19 Sep 2010 , 6:50am
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I only use KopyKake. Especially for the frosting sheets. They are thicker, easier to remove and work with.

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