Welcome To Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals

Signs101.com: Largest Forum for Signmaking Professionals is the LARGEST online community & discussion forum for professional sign-makers and graphic designers.

 


  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Roland SP300 Versacamm

Discussion in 'Roland' started by Charlie J, Oct 4, 2006.

  1. Charlie J

    Charlie J Very Active Member

    1,870
    6
    38
    Oct 1, 2006
    Midwest
    I'm looking at buying a 30" Versacamm new and I'm wondering what some oppinions of it are....if you don't like it please recommend a better printer/cutter.:thankyou:
     
    Tags:
  2. 2NinerNiner2

    2NinerNiner2 Very Active Member

    1,122
    0
    36
    Mar 21, 2006
    Calgary, AB
    ...the 54" one! :)

    Wish now that I would have waited and purchased the SP-540 instead of the SP-300. The plus side is that mine is not the "V" so I have ColoRIP instead of VersaWORKS.
     
  3. mark in tx

    mark in tx Very Active Member

    2,081
    0
    36
    Oct 25, 2005
    Harker Heights, Texas
    If you can, get the bigger machine. Other than that, I've had few maintenance problems, and the machine has been a trooper.
    The only gripe I have is that the Versacamm is a little bit slow, but it comes down to the right tool for the right job.
    Short run of contour cut stickers? Fantastic. 100 bumper stickers? Fantastic. 10 real estate signs? Fantastic. 4'x8' banner? Fantastic.
    Custom wallpaper for an 8' x 50' wall? Wrap for a Semi-trailer? You'll be printing for 6-8 hours, thinking about that Mimaki that prints 500 sq ft an hour, or that VuTek that prints 1000 sq ft per hour.
    Or never taking on a really large project again. Which you will progress into doing naturally over time.
    Good luck!
     
  4. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    32,294
    2,014
    113
    Jun 7, 2006
    PA
    54" and don't look back.

    If you get the smaller machine, the first 4' x 8' panel you do, you'll be kicking yourself up and down for not going the extra yard... well 24" really LOL :thumb:
     
  5. Kenny

    Kenny Member

    356
    0
    16
    Jul 15, 2003
    Texas
    I purchased my SP300V to learn digital printing, and it has been a great investment. It is a rock solid, entry-level print/cut solution, and the Versaworks RIP (current version) is good enough to get you printing and cutting. The only negatives are print speed and width...it does print rather slow and you will get a wider print job as soon as someone finds out you do digital print...I would highly recommend you get at least a 54in machine.
     
  6. maddmd

    maddmd Member

    415
    0
    16
    Mar 14, 2005
    USA
    I have a SP-300 and love it, the 54" was not made yet when a got mine.
    I would get the 54" if money and room is OK.
     
  7. lpc

    lpc New Member

    17
    0
    0
    Jun 3, 2005
    It's a great money making machine! I have the SP300V and don't regret it. 98% of my work fits the 30" width limit. Only gripe is that it is a little on the slow side, especially at normal and high print quality. If I did this full time and 'had' to make a living on it, then I would definitely move up to the 540.
    VersaWorks? Great and easy to work with!
     
  8. Charlie J

    Charlie J Very Active Member

    1,870
    6
    38
    Oct 1, 2006
    Midwest


    So ColoRIP is the better program of the two? I use Flexi with my pc600. I could just stay with flexi right?
     
  9. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    32,294
    2,014
    113
    Jun 7, 2006
    PA
    They all work. We just recently started using 'Flexi' for more printing and actually it's pretty good. You get used to whatever rip program you're using. You get to know how certain profiles work on different substrates. There is a small transitional period, but they're all good.

    Some people like Paasche… some like Binks. Some like 1-Shot, while others like Ronan. Some like OralCal… some like 3M. Whatever floats your boat is what matters. They all get the job done. :unclesam:
     
  10. 2NinerNiner2

    2NinerNiner2 Very Active Member

    1,122
    0
    36
    Mar 21, 2006
    Calgary, AB
    Yes Gino, you are correct :) I was basing my comment soley upon what I have read both here and printingdigital.net, as I have had no hands-on experience with VersaWORKS; the consensus seems to favour ColoRIP.
     
  11. ChiknNutz

    ChiknNutz Major Contributor

    4,789
    1
    0
    Apr 18, 2003
    I have the 540V, but bought Wasatch SoftRip at the recommendation of many (it is essentially the same as ColorRip AFAIK). I don't regret being able to print full-bleed 4x8 sheets :) I personally could not get by with a 30" machine. I currently have some issues with a few dropped nozzles, which has forced me to print at 1/2 of what I'm used to. I was getting 64 SFPH, but now I'm about 32 SFPH or so due to going from fewer head passes to more in order to compensate for the plugged nozzles. Other than that, I can't complain as it has worked well. I've had mine for just over a year now. I also run a 3rd party bulk ink system which is about 60% cheaper than OEM.
     
  12. skguff

    skguff Member

    32
    0
    0
    Dec 9, 2005
    We purchased a SP-300V the first of June and have already paid for it and will be purchasing a 54" next month. A little slow, but well worth the $12,995 price.
     
  13. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

    5,437
    8
    38
    Dec 30, 2003
    NJ
    The Roland SP300V and the 540V are great entry level printers.
    I haven't seen a negative thread started about either model on any of the sign forums.:thumb: Choosing the size of the printer is something only you can decide.
     
  14. player

    player Major Contributor

    4,694
    138
    63
    Apr 24, 2006
    Toronto
    Are the Mimaki machines more industrial? If someone did not need to cut, would the Mimaki be a better choice? I hear they have better pumps, hoses, even white wipers so you can tell if they are clean or not...They seem to have thought it out a little better perhaps-but they don't have a built in cutter.

    They use the same print heads I understand.

    I have a vesacam 540 and it is a pretty good unit. But I don't think it is as reliable as I would like. It still may be as good as it gets though.

    P
     
  15. BaxSign

    BaxSign Member

    28
    0
    0
    Aug 6, 2006
    My VersaCamm 300V is only 5 weeks in the shop here & am very happy with it now that I am getting used to it. I still LOVE my 4B, 750 plus for vinyl.
    But this machine is a GREAT!!! addition to my sign business as I can now offer some real sweet car tags n partial wraps as I am way out in the sticks
    nobody in this town has ever seen a wrap n would never pay the $$$ to have it done, We're 10 - 15 years behind the rest of the world! You'll probably like the machine if you dont do a lotta 40 footers. Im new to the printing, but have been layin vinyl since it was invented. Am glad to be getting into it! Great Day!!!
     
  16. Barry

    Barry Active Member

    659
    0
    0
    May 6, 2004
    Speaking as someone who has owned both I would say the Mimaki is more of an industrial machine. Part of this is the way it is built and the other part is that it does not cut. Roland made some compromises to build a print/cut machine, these work great if you do small print/cut runs, but do not work well if you are doing long prints or banners.

    Dont get me wrong here, the Roland is a great machine, the Mimaki however is hands down better for long runs and banners. The Mimaki even comes with a really good take up system as well.
     
  17. Chuck Olson

    Chuck Olson New Member

    19
    0
    1
    Aug 28, 2006
    Patterson, NY
    If you have the space and the money, go with the bigger machine. I have an SP-300V, BUT I also have a 60" HP5500. Larger machines not only allow you to print larger panels, but they also allow you to print smaller jobs multiple times up. I print 24x36 posters 2-up all the time on my HP. So why did I get the SP-300V. It was just a matter of available space and low entry price.
     
  18. I have a used 540V (54" VersaCamm) that will be for sale this week. Asking $14,000 shipped. Customer opted to purchase the new XC540.
     
  19. UKstu99

    UKstu99 New Member

    15
    0
    0
    Oct 27, 2006
    Hi all, Im trying to get my company to buy me the 300V, but am looking for more info. We are printing our screen positives on a nasty film warping xante laser right now. Does anyone know if this 300V with the right RIP would produce good dense artwork with very good registration? and if so, what RIP would I need?
     
  20. Gino

    Gino Premium Subscriber

    32,294
    2,014
    113
    Jun 7, 2006
    PA
    :Oops: The rip won't help there. The inks are transparent. I don't even think if you do a three-pass mode it will become heavy enough.

    I would suggest having somone on this site that has that machine run a file for you as you requested and see if the results will work for your shop.

    Dealerships will sell you anything without regards for what happens after the money crosses their palms.
     
Loading...

Share This Page

 


Loading...