The Epson SureColor P600 Project – Light Fastness Testing of its New Ultrachrome HD Ink Set
The new Epson SureColor P600 printer recently became available to customers from major dealers in the USA. Although the P600's ink set is still branded with the familiar "UltraChrome" label, Epson claims significant improvement in resin encapsulation technology and Black density levels compared to earlier UltraChrome branded ink sets. Hence, the P600 is not just a new printer. It also introduces a new and improved UltraChrome HD ink set according to Epson.
P600 Project Status as of April 23, 2015
The replacement P600 printer was received on April 20, and I've had a chance to set it up and make a several excellent prints so far. Similar to my experience with the first printer, the new replacement unit initiated an unanticipated auto cleaning cycle after only six prints. It leads me to suspect there was probably nothing wrong with the first unit, and this auto cleaning behavior is just normal operation for the P600 model. It's time now to just track the ongoing costs of printing with the P600 to find out whether the auto clean function is actually a great feature or just an ink hog. It would be welcomed if it keeps the enduser from making reject prints and doesn't contribute too significantly to the overall cost per print when amortized over a reasonable number of prints.
Funding Status as of May 4, 2015 for Additional P600/UltrachromeHD/Media Tests.
The fund now stands at $225.
AaI&A has a funding goal of $12,000 in order to conduct light fade studies on 10 additional combinations of printer, media, coating, and color plus B&W system configurations. The 10 samples will be divided into two groups, so that we can begin testing a batch of five samples as soon as $6000 in donations have been pledged, the other five samples will run as a batch once we reach $12K. I'd like to add Epson's new 17" SureColor P800 into this UltraChrome HD ink testing mix. It will take an additional funding of approximately $1500.
All Donations to AaI&A go directly to the Print Permanence Research Fund
Some members of Aardenburg Imaging & Archives have generously donated money and/or samples to our digital print research program during the past year. You believe in our work, and we want to thank you for your continuing support! Here is an AaI&A logo that you can place on your website along with a link to AaI&A if you like. We hope it will help you promote your personal commitment to an informed understanding of the durability of modern digital printing processes as well as more public awareness of the Aardenburg digital print research program.
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