KatanaDTG r3000 / p600 DTG Printer – User Reviews

KatanaDTG r3000 / p600 DTG Printer

$9,995
9.2

Print Quality

9.3/10

Production Speed

9.4/10

Reliability

8.8/10

Flexibility

8.2/10

RIP Software

10.0/10

Tech Support

8.8/10

Cost of Ownership

9.9/10

Pros

  • Modular design
  • Low cost of purchase and ownership
  • Easy maintenance features and access
  • Easy PURGE and automatic cap station / wiper blade access
  • Electronic z-axis control
  • Industrial build quality
  • Kothari RIP INCLUDED

Cons

  • Epson printer components require replacing
  • Only 10-15 dark garment prints per hour at high resolution
  • Newer company

The KatanaDTG printers are well built, with plenty of great features that make printing and maintenance easier.  The modular print system makes it easy to swap modules in seconds, and the threadable platens load just like a standard screen printing press.  Kothari RIP is included as the standard and ONLY option, because nothing else compares to the print quality available from this particular software.  Complete with easy-access maintenance panels and an electronic z-axis control, the Katana line of DTG printers is a competitive option for an incredibly low price.

The newest p600 series includes the ability to run a one-touch Purge, as well as one-touch access for the capping station and wiper blade.

2 Responses to KatanaDTG r3000 / p600 DTG Printer – User Reviews

  1. Print Quality

    8.50

    Production Speed

    9.00

    Reliability

    8.50

    Flexibility

    7.50

    RIP Software

    10.00

    Tech Support

    8.10

    Cost of Ownership

    9.90

    I am a current owner of the first R3000 Katana printer ever produced and I have been nothing but happy with my purchase from day 1. I’ve previously owned and operated a Neoflex 1 and a Spectra R3000. Katana has been the fastest, most solid built (although Neoflex was built solid as well) and reliable printer I have operated as of yet. Knowing that owner, Justin Walker, has made numerous great updates to the printer, I have recently ordered the newest P600 model. I was very impressed at the performance and quality of the one that I currently own, which is basically a prototype Katana printer. One thing that also impresses me as a DTG owner is that Katana seems to be constantly progressing their machines.

    Since purchasing my R3000 in January of 2016:

    Katana has converted to the P600.
    Upgraded the drive motor to a super quiet and very powerful one.
    Added a nozzle check button for fast, easy nozzle checks.
    IS NOW THE ONLY P600 TO OFFER:
    Enabled wiper blade controls by the push of a button.
    Enabled ink line purges by allowing for capping station control by the push of a button. (This is a huge plus for me as a DTG printer who doesn’t run white ink every day. If I need to get the ink flowing on days of CMYK printing or no DTG production, I know I can press the PURGE button and have some peace of mind about my whites staying solid and unsettled in the lines and dampers).

    Katana has also added other important electrical and mechanical component upgrades.

    All Katana printers ship with a Kothari Rip and license included with the purchase price. The power of Kothari Rip is not to be under estimated. I started DTG printing with Neoflex and Kothari and didn’t realize how poor DTG print quality can be when utilizing other rip programs. With a good pretreating method, Kothari basically makes it plug-and-play for DTG printers to get an exact print replication to any image that they are viewing on their computer monitor display prior to printing. Upon selling my Neoflex and getting a Spectra, I found out the hard way how much work is required to get a good print with CadLink and EK Print Rip programs, which Spectra was sold with.
    The threadable (and very affordable) platens make loading shirts and even over sized hoodies a breeze. That was something that used to drive me nuts with the Neoflex. The platens were just impossible to tuck hoodies into. It was such a bottleneck in production!
    Owner Justin Walker has always been there to help me with any questions that I may have had over the last year. Katana’s user base is also growing and end user-to-user support is becoming easy to find.
    One of the most IMPORTANT points of why Katana is a great option for a new DTG user, or someone who is looking to expand their customer base, is that Katana has established a direct relationship with a fulfillment company called WORLD WIDE DTG. This relationship allows all Katana owners to become a fulfillment center and take on contract orders that come to WWDTG. Someone starting a new DTG business can benefit from this in a big way. This provides job security to Katana owners and eliminates the need to advertise or strive to drum up their own business.
    I highly recommend Katana DTG to anyone who is looking to add DTG to their current garment decoration business or a start up DTG company.

  2. Stephanie says:

    Print Quality

    10.00

    Production Speed

    10.00

    Reliability

    9.00

    Flexibility

    9.00

    RIP Software

    10.00

    Tech Support

    10.00

    Cost of Ownership

    10.00

    I started with a Brother printer about five years ago and then got a DTG M2 new a year later and then a second second-hand M2 two years later. Brother make beautiful machines but the ink prices are prohibitive for us as contract printers – I run it CMYK only with generic ink (not recommended but its an old old machine). My second M2 was giving me endless electronic hassles and when the $2300 motherboard blew up for no reason and the supplier couldn’t tell me why it was time to make a change. I needed fast and accurate prints, low consumable cost, and cheaper spares.
    I am in South Africa and our market is rather small and machine options limited so I decided to take a chance and import my own machine and the Katana made so much sense.
    Reasons I chose the Katana:
    • It’s simple, most of the parts are generic and you can get them anywhere (I am in South Africa and importing my own machine was a huge decision in terms of support)
    • While it may be simple it’s clever, by a printer for printers. Extra access panels for maintenance, easy touch screen, on screen cartridge reset
    • Even more clever is the advanced Epson menu functionality unlike anything else on the market – wiper blade access and purging on command
    • It’s modular. If one print unit goes down you lift it off and simply replace it with another. No downtime, endless diagnostics, or waiting for parts (be sure to keep a spare module
    • It runs on Kothari which is an simple yet very powerful RIP with amazing functionality (I’ve been running it with my M2 since day one)
    • Various well priced ink options
    • It looked really fast and can print up to 1440×2880 (max resolution on my other machines was 1440×720)
    I got everything I bought into and then figured out a couple of huge bonus points after I got it:
    • The value of the micro registration on the pro unit I got. Adjusting the x and y axis separately is amazing for full platen (300mmx450mm) sharp prints.
    • ONE PASS PRINTING! (CMYK+W in one pass)
    I have to be honest and say I didn’t believe the advertising at first, one pass prints I’ve seen and done on my other machines have always been slightly pastel or they bleed. The one pass on this is bright, sharp and of course super-fast
    • It really is insanely fast compared to the older machines even on two pass and higher res settings
    • The base is really rock solid and stable. The module is properly assembled – no bizarre errors or dodgy communication issues like a lot of self builds I hear about
    • It took some getting used to the thread able platen again but I prefer it as there is a lot less margin for error than with Tuc Loc I have on the M2. The bed loads and unloads quite slowly on the M2, this is why you need a second set of Tuc Locs preloaded to save time, I was initially concerned about loading time on the Katana but it loads so fast its not an issue.
    • Also (like the m2) no screaming platen height sensor – possibly not great for someone starting out but fantastic when you have been printing a while and print all kinds of odd shapes (i demoed another machine and it kept screeching at hoodie pockets which killed me, stupid but it bothered me)
    Very happy in general and will definitely be upgrading my stable to a flock of Katanas over time as the older machines reach their end (they will always have a place on my floor, it’s just nice to see the newer technology). And I really look forward to further developments and new machines from the Katana brand.

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