Monday, January 26, 2009

Yudu™ screen-printing system by ProvoCraft

I don't know about you and your area but around here you can go to a screen printing shop and buy custom made t-shirts for around $10...and that's counting the t-shirt sooooo for the life of me I don't see the attraction in the new Yudu Screen-Printing System that ProvoCraft is releasing but hey, you may so here's the deal. For around $250 you can get this big honking machine and make your own stuff like in the picture below. Click HERE for some videos showing how it works and be sure to watch that first video...look at the size of that thing! Joann's will be carrying it but I don't know if you'll be able to use a coupon on it or not. Okie dokie then.



27 comments:

  1. Where would you store that thing? Unless you were going to go into a home business, this wouldn't make any sense to me. It's far to easy to get what you want economically at your local shops.

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  2. Just watched the demo videos (& I assume the commercial videos) and I have to admit the concept is interesting. I just don't think it is something my family will ever really need. That thing is huge! It's not like the Cricut or YourStory machines that will just fit on a shelf or in a closet when you aren't using them. Still, printing on your own t-shirts at home is kind of cool. For that price though, I can get a whole bunch of tees printed up at one of the local tourist shops and not have to deal with the mess.
    Thanks for sharing the links!! : )

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  3. I've seen it IRL and it's about the size of a printer....so not too big IMO.

    I think it will be awesome to be able to print anything I can think of on just about any flat surface which is what really interest me...my mind has been racing with all the ideas! I also think it would be great for teams, churches, family reunions, etc...anything you have to have a lot of something for.

    I will be getting one of these from PC, so be sure to check my blog for reviews, projects, and "breaking news".

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  4. Erin, did you watch the first video? It sure does look huge...perhaps and optical illusion? ~Linda

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  5. The one question I have... that I think would be a REAL PROBLEM and added expense.
    Emulsion sheets are not reusable so unless you want to put the same design on absolutely everything then you are definently going to want more than 2 emulsion sheets.

    The best part about having something like this is that you would want to make your own designs and lots of them. I didn't see that extra emulsion sheets can be ordered from the manufacturing company. The only thing I saw was a almost $50 kit with 2 emulsion sheets, 1 bottle of screen cleaner, and 1 extra screen so that you could make prints with 2 colors.

    I would really like to know just how much emulsion sheets will cost? If its not cheap to buy those then its not worth it to buy this product.

    When ever they make one of these great at home products they only give you enough supplies to use your product only once or twice. Just a great way to make sure that the money keeps rolling on in after your done paying for the product itself.

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  6. Just how much do emulsion sheets cost? Once you buy this machine you will have to constantly replace the emulsion sheets when you want to use a new design. When you buy the Yudu they only give you one screen and 2 emulsion sheets so after you use one emulsion sheet you have to wash the emulsion off to do something else.

    The only thing I saw available was a kit for about $50 that included a small bottle of emulsion cleaner, yet again only 2 emulsion sheets, and 1 extra screen.

    I don't know about everybody else but I can't spend $50 everytime I want to use a product.

    I'm under the impression that emulsion sheets are not cheap... so it's really cool that they have reduced all those huge screen printing machines into something the size of an average printer. Plus the price is really good especially if you are going to use it alot (like for little league shirts or a home business) BUT with any purchase like this one if it's going to cost an arm or a leg or maybe both just to use it then in the end it's not worth buying... you might aswell get your printing done at a printing shop.

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  7. Okay, the machine is big, the dvd demo with "Barry" is very strange, you do have to buy additional supplies and there is a learning curve. I watched all the YUDU web videos available (go into Google)and it helped but I went to see a demo at Joann's & it all made sense then! The 1st shirt is the hardest but then you want to do shirts, tote bags, etc all night long. I found that if you rinse the screen out DIRECTLY after imprinting your item-- the ink came out with no emulsion remover needed! Do not let the ink sit on the screen. Keep using the screen & reapply ink for the next shirt or RINSE THE SCREEN OUT. I never did any screen printing before so I think the machine does what it says it will do. Is it perfect, NO what is... but it is FUN!

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  8. The emulsion remover is for cleaning the emulsion (not ink)off the screen in order to burn a new image with a new sheet of emulsion.

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  9. Something tells me that you can buy generic photo emulsion paper at your local art store and just cut it to size. So you're more than likely not stuck buying directly from them.

    The only thing would be that you'd need to ensure the exposure time so that it would be in the 8 minute range they quote in their videos.

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  10. I just received my Yudu, and although I am impressed, I have already used my 2 sheets of smulsion paper. ) By the way, if you use hot water and very genly rub with a sponge the used emulsion will become pliable and you can peel it off the screen.) I too am waiting for the emulsion remover to get here. I the person that suggested buying generic photo emulsion paper at a art supply store would be so kind to direct us to one that carried it I would be so grateful. I have searched the internet and have found no such product. Ill will post back If I find it and how it worked out.

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  11. Ulano makes the same type of emulsion sheets, you might need to experiement with the right type of thickness for the screen yudu uses. You can buy these sheets at onestopinc.com and other screen printing supply stores.

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  12. I also found this: http://www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/site/799934/product/RyoCap3016X300

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  13. I think the term for the sheets is Capillary film. Here's another resource:

    http://www.lawsonsp.com/films.php

    Way cheaper than Yudu's film. You can get 26" x 150" for $83.00.

    Yudu's sheets are $45 for 2 - 11" x 14", so with this you'd basically get 20 sheets at the same size for $80 and some change(or even more if you only needed to print small sizes i.e. tshirt pockets)

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  14. Provo Craft is offering the Yudu emulsion sheets in packages of two sheets. The retail price should be between 15 and 18 dollars for the package of two sheets depending on where you purchase them.

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  15. I have used a Yudu. There is a bit of a learning curve, but once you get it is is really fun. There are some great instructions on www.yuduscreenprint.com

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  16. I just saw the yudu machine at www.cricutmachine.com for $244. I think that's like $30 off the normal price. Just in case anyone's interested!

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  17. I have just begun using my YUDU that I purchased from Cricut Craze in Febuary. Great prices and Michelle is very helpful. It has taken me this long to accumulate the materials because of the high prices and because of the seemingly easy process being much more complicated than it looks on the video. My purpose was to print the recital t-shirts for my daughter's dance school to make the money back that the machine cost me. The dance teacher informed me that the shirts had cost her only $5 each from the place that made them in past years, so I'm already loosing money. I have found that the 40% off coupons work on all the YUDU accessories at Michaels crafts stores, but not on the machines. The emulsion sheets are $19.99 for 2 with the discount comes to around $12, the screens are $24, with the discount $14. The craziest thing is that the inks come in packs of 3 colors, so I have to buy a 3 pack at $21.99 (disc about $13). I emailed the manufacturer about making a change to single bottles for all colors, but they never responded. I ended up buying 4 t-shirt platens and 4 screens to expedite my screening since I am doing 2 colors, designs on front and back and you can't take the shirt off the t-shirt platen or it will never line up again. Michelle at Cricut gave me a hint that the Emulsion remover is really vinegar, but it was still an hour of "GENTLE" - HA! - scrubbing to peel and rub the stuff off the screen. The emulsion doesn't always stick right, and I am finding out that it takes practice to get the right combination of wetness, and pressure on the squeegee. I have yet to print the first shirt and am regretting that I ever got started in the first place. Also an important tip - if you print your design out, the acetates will stick to the sticky strip of the bag they are in, so cut that off to prevent wasting an acetate. Make sure there is no paper in the printer - they stick to the paper and your design will end up on the paper, wasting ink. Also, fine lines do not burn into the emulsion. I had to trace over the fine lines with a black sharpie and start over. If you make a mistake you can very gently scrape the ink off with an exacto knife. Another tip, the pattern of the registration panel will burn into the emulsion - keep your design away frorehonmm the edges.
    There were no blogs talking about experiences other users had, so I am letting you all know, it has been expensive and frustrating - every step of it.
    Good Luck! hAndiMom

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  18. Awe girl that is terrible! I hate it that you've paid all that out only to be so disappointed. =( ~Lina

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  19. I just printed two tshirts designs, 24 of each with my yudu. Yesterday I printed 36 shirts of one design - many not resellable. I of each design not resellable - the rest will be at various discounts. All in all I am happy.

    I use vellum instead of YUDU transparencies.

    I use Speedball ink instead of YUDU ink.

    Everything needed fits on or under a card table.

    Tomorrow I do my first 2 color design.

    Susan

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  20. I get all my printing stuff from www.lawsonsp.com pretty cheap and reliable... not sure how i feel about the YUDU...

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  21. I was on the fence for weeks about buying one of these beasts. Will I really use it? Will it be a dust collector? Finally, I splurged and found one for $178 atwww.ScrapbookToolkit.com. It arrived in about a week and have already made two super-cute tees. It as a bit tough to learn, but not too bad. I noticed that the price has jumped up to about $199, since the Black Friday sales, but that is still a pretty good price.

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  22. Unless you are prepared to spend a LOT of money on materials to get proficient with the Yudu, don't get one. Also, it doesn't save money compared to professional screen printers until you print more than 36 shirts. And, for the cost of the machine, you'd have to do that about 5 times to break even. Plus, you can print greeting cards on your ink jet, without all the effort of making screens, etc. So, for a machine you can't resell, a steep learning curve, expensive materials, etc... it's really not worth it.

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  23. I just bought the machine from YUDU...much more expensive than some of your purchases. I was able to try it for 30 days. I like it because I wanted to print on dark paper so the inkjet idea is out. I have spent countless funds on transfer products to no avail so this seems to suit me.
    I have used transparencies from the office supply store, emulsion from screenprintingsupplies.com because the capillary sheets are a pain in the butt and expensive. Now that I see speedo inks will not ruin the screens I will use them as they are cheaper.
    I can stick the whole thing under my desk when not in use. I think I am going to be happy with it.

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  24. PLEASE PLEASE Dont waste so much money and space on this thing! go get the stencil pro/photo ez kit kit from cbridge.com I PROMISE you'll be so happy! ps i dont work for them, I just love love love this stuff and am addicted to it! and it takes as much space a a piece of paper, uses natural sunlight and is so so easy, kids can do it!

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  25. We love it - the ability to change designs - do only one shirt, show off our creations...it's great. We have done multi colors and yes, it takes a bit longer, but aren't good things worth the wait? All in all we are very happy.

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  26. I am okay with mine. I do have to say that I have the darndest time getting things to print in the right area. Like right in the middle of an xl men's shirt and so on. It is trying. I use diazo emulsion in a scoop coater it is much cheaper. I got extra supplies from Ryonet(geared toward big outfits, not shipping friendly to Hawaii) but I like Dharma Trading so much more. They have most everything you need. It is twice the size of an all-in-one printer.
    I do wish I had heard about the PhotoEZ first from http://ezscreenprint.com/

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  27. There's a learning curve, as with anything! But we were able to produce 50 shirts for our college football tailgating crew last year and paid for the entire machine, shirts, and supplies in one day. Now we just make a profit! It's costing about $5 per shirt to make and we sell them for $10. We use Speedball Ink though - bought off Amazon - it shows up much better than the cheap Yudu ink!!

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