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Topic: Is Photocopying the Same as Inkjet Printing?  (Read 844 times)
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« on: May 31, 2007 04:38:34 PM »

I looked thru several "topics" to find this but didnt so excuse me if its been asked before.

I dont have a printer and want to make just a couple shirts...but I do have access to my office's photocopier which also functions as our printer. Can I load our KonicaMinolta bizhubc350 with transfer paper and let 'er rip?
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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2007 03:14:46 PM »

Bumping in Hopes of help.  Huh
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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2007 04:02:32 PM »

unfortunately it isn't. Inkjet printers use ink in a liquid form sprayed directly onto the paper/card/transfer whatever to form the image.

Photocopiers and Laser printers use toner which is in a powder form and heat to apply and set the image.

If any speciality medium intended for a inkjet [which doesn't use heat] is put through one it tends to create a sticky mess as the coating on these papers are melted.

However, the news is not all bad  Smiley If you are only looking to do a couple of shirts you may be able to use a solvent transfer process.

Here are a couple of projects on craftster that have used this process
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=156073.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=4368.0
but if you google it you should be able to find more hints, tips, ideas etc.

Hope this helps.
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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2007 04:50:50 PM »

Thanks so much! For helping me and saving the company copier form much damage.  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2007 05:45:04 PM »

glad to help
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