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Yudu Personal Screen Printer

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  • Personal silk-screening system for apparel, home décor, and more; ideal for use on cotton and poly-cotton blends
  • Includes printing machine, mesh screen, emulsion sheet, squeegee, adult t-shirt platen, platen adhesive sheet, blank ink-jet transparency, and 2-ounce bottle of black ink
  • Easy-to-use control panel operates printer's light, exposure, and fan operations; requires access to computer and ink-jet printer
  • With instructional DVD and user manual included; unplug printer before wiping clean with damp rag, or when not in use
  • Measures 32 inches wide by 21 inches deep by 11 inches high; limited manufacturer warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 32.7 x 11.1 x 21.8 inches ; 31.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 31.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B0025T6V5C
  • Item model number: 62-5000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,175 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing (See Top 100 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing)
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Product Description

The Yudu screen-printing system is the easiest, cleanest way to let everyone know who you are—and how you see the world. Don’t settle for what everyone else is wearing or spend hours futilely trying to find a t-shirt that expresses the real you. With access to a computer and an ink-jet printer, you’ll be able to create and print your own designs not only for t-shirts or other apparel, but also for home décor, art prints, posters, cards, schoolwork, and much more. With this revolutionary personal screen printer, you can let your voice be heard today, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Unsilence yourself today with the Yudu Personal Screen Printer. Includes printing machine, mesh screen, emulsion sheet, squeegee, adult t-shirt platen, platen adhesive sheet, blank ink-jet transparency, and 2-ounce bottle of black ink. Features easy-to-use control panel that operates printer's light, exposure, and fan operations. Kit provides instructional DVD and user manual. Ideal for use on cotton and poly-cotton blends. Unplug printer before wiping clean with damp rag, or when not in use. Measures 32 inches wide by 21 inches deep by 11 inches high.


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Customer Reviews

Don't waste your time, money or patience on this thing!
Jody L McCoy
Overall though, the machine is easy to use and is a great for making personalized t-shirts!
Alanna George
If you are doing anything with small text or finer detail be sure to get a 220 mesh screen.
designhero

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761 of 762 people found the following review helpful By RBG on March 10, 2010
After spending most of my three years of grad school in the screenprinting facilities, I was anxious to create some sort of setup for myself at home once I'd graduated. As a couple of other reviews point out, the YuDu is indeed different from traditional screenprinting - the tools are different but the process is essentially the same with the major difference being the application of the photo-sensitive emulsion. And this is where the YuDu will make or break you. While in the end I'd give the YuDu a rating between 3 and 4 stars, mostly for potential, these have been the challenging areas for me along the steep learning curve:

EMULSION:
Applying the emulsion in sheet form (rather than as a liquid with what's called a scoop-coater, as you would in traditional screenprinting) has been the most challenging part of the learning curve for me (and most others, it seems). But like any tool, it takes time and back-up supplies to learn it so do yourself a favor and have at least 2 sheets of emulsion on hand, a lot of patience, and a first project that is not on a tight deadline. The trick is having the screen wet enough but not too wet (since you're essentially doing something in solid form that's ideally applied as a liquid) and this will take practice.

BUY A 220 MESH SCREEN:
Once you get the hang of emulsion application, you may want to add a 220 mesh screen to your supply inventory since the 110 mesh screen that comes with the machine won't be fine enough to handle most text-based projects or designs with lots of detail. I got the YuDu primarily for client-based work, primarily text-based, and my own art projects, which are more graphic design based with some text.
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537 of 550 people found the following review helpful By creative mama on March 28, 2009
I have been wanting a thermofax machine for a long time now and when the YUDU came out I thought it would work similar to the thermofax for far less money. I have never screenprinted a thing in my life and have been researching how to do it and what to buy for a while now.

Here are the things I like and dislike about the machine:

PROS:

I like the exposure unit since this seems to be the issue with traditional screenprinting.

I like not having to deal with chemicals - the exposure sheets are easy to use.

After botching the first screen, the second was a breeze - the screen came out great and made a bunch of pulls experimenting with inks and paints. All of the images came out great!

CONS:

* I think it's really pricey for what it is, but I used a circular flyer coupon and saved a lot on my unit.

* The first go-round I didn't have the screen wet enough and consequently my result was a wasted emulsion. I blame this on...

* The DVD it comes with is just TERRIBLE. It's really annoying, not serious and did not help at all. I could not get past the fact that they were in a garage in one part with FLIES flying around them!

* It does not come with the emulsion remover so make sure and buy it or if you ruin your first try you can't wash it off to try again. There is nothing worse than having to wait when you want to play!

* The unit is HUGE - it has a 17" X 26-1/2" footprint.

They recommend that you use their inks but I used my fabric paints I had on hand and they worked just fine.

Overall it was pretty easy to use (after I ruined the first one to figure it out) even for a novice like me!
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163 of 169 people found the following review helpful By F. Zierau on March 19, 2009
While the machine is convenient to use, you need to be aware of some of the issues.

I followed the tutorial online step by step. I wasted both emulsion sheets in the process. Being a beginner, the tutorial shows a woman using a spray bottle generously to get the emulsion sheet attached to the screen. She then lets the emulsion dry in 20 minutes. I tried this, and the emulsion was still wet, so I gave it another 20 minutes. After coming back, it was still a little wet, but I was unsure if it became "too dry" whether or not the plastic would become cemented to emulsion. The instructions included are vague, and make this process seem a quick step by step without giving any word of potential issues.

This happened to both emulsions, before I realized on the second emulsion that it took way longer than 20 minutes to dry this. Once again, I followed both the instructions and the book, and they both made it seem that one 20 minute cycle (hitting the fan and walking away) was how to handle the emulsion.

My issue at this point is that I live on Long Island, with 2 JoAnn's, and 3 Michaels and 2 AC Moore's all within 25 miles of me. I have driven to each and every story every other day for the last week, and none of them sell emulsion sheets. I tried contacting Yudu, and after explaining my problems, they told me the only place these emulsions were available were at JoAnn's and HSN.

Anyway, if you consider using this product, just be aware of the potential problems that come along with it. If you mess this up, Yudu won't help you, and if there is no emulsion available in stores, you are SOL. I wish I could give you an idea of what the shirt came out like, except I couldn't get past the drying process.
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