I recently purchased an Epson Workforce 1100 to output some artists'
books. According to Epson, the Durabrite inks are archival for a
minimum of 70 years, or certainly more than my own life expectancy
and probably my son's too... Epson Ultrachrome and Durabrite inks are
both pigment-based with a shellac binder, so are reasonably
waterproof. Ultrachrome has three different blacks and finer
particles, and supposedly works better on glossy stock. I'm still
researching the differences in their archival qualities; it's not
clear to me that they use different chemical pigments - am still
waiting on hearing back from them about that. For my immediate
output needs I've been pretty pleased with the results from this
inexpensive, wide-format printer. It takes a wide range of papers,
including 175gsm 100% cotton, with only occasional clogging when
feeding through soft-surface paper.
Just my two cents!
On May 7, 2010, at 9:56 AM, Anne Runyon wrote:
> I also would appreciate hearing more experienced artists, thoughts
> about printers. If one has Windows 7 on a PC, and is adding a
> creative suite (probably CS4) ... what good (but on the inexpensive
> side) printer would be compatable? Not planning to make and sell
> prints, but for in-studio use preparing art.
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