Dive into Sublimation with the Epson F570 vs Sawgrass SG1000

June 14, 2024

Dive into Sublimation with the Epson F570 vs Sawgrass SG1000

Ready for Sublimation?

Sublimation printing is a versatile and high-quality printing method that involves transferring dye onto materials such as fabric, metal, and ceramics using heat. Choosing the right sublimation printer is crucial for achieving vibrant, durable prints and maximizing efficiency. Two leading models in the market are the Epson F570 PRO and the Sawgrass SG1000. The Epson F570 PRO is renowned for its precision and large format capabilities, making it ideal for professional use, while the Sawgrass SG1000 is celebrated for its user-friendly design and high-definition output, perfect for both small businesses and hobbyists. By selecting the right printer, users can ensure exceptional results and long-term reliability in their sublimation projects.

Project ideas with Epson F570 and Sawgrass SG1000

Using a sublimation printer, such as the Epson F570 PRO or the Sawgrass SG1000, an image is printed on special sublimation paper using sublimation ink. 

The sublimation paper has a "correct side" that is bright white. If the backside is not marked by a logo, bend the paper over itself and compare the coloring. It is also important to mirror the image to ensure it is transferred onto your item correctly.

The object you're printing on should have a sublimation coating or be made of polyester or a polyester blend. For clothing, sublimation works best on light-colored or white fabrics because the dye doesn't show up well on darker backgrounds.

Use heat-resistant tape to tape down your design. Be sure to secure the image well as any shift during the press can cause "ghosting". 

Apply heat according to the recommended settings for the item you are pressing onto. Often firm pressure, high heat and a long press time give the best results.

Peel back the paper to reveal your transferred image. Sublimation is a permanent process as it embeds the ink into the surface. Quality of ink and equipment used for printing can effect how the vibrancy lasts.

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F570 PRO 24" Sublimation Printer


  •  Compact, clean design - ultra small, sleek, minimal design; easily fits on a desktop, or on its own with optional stand (sold separately)
  • Easy printing right out of the box - comes equipped with software optimized for dye-sublimation, including specialized drivers for both Mac and Windows
  • Intuitive operation - large 4.3" LCD color touchscreen simplifies print tasks
  • Connectivity - easily connect to the printer via USB, Ethernet or integrated wireless
  • Flexible Media  - Supports rolls from 8.3" to 24.4" on 2" core or sheets from 8.3" x 11" to 11" x 17"
  • 2,400 x 1,200 dpi  - Precision ink drop control for outstanding clarity and sharpness

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SG1000 Virtuoso Sublimation Printer


  • The SG1000 prints on media up to 11" x 17" with the standard tray. Or expand the max media size to 13" x 51" with the bypass tray.
  • The SG1000 is more energy-efficient and offers WiFi connectivity.
  • Backlit LCD Screen allows for easy use in low lighting homes and office spaces
  • Two-Year Warranty offered by Sawgrass
  • Like all Sawgrass printers, the SG1000 performs its own automatic maintenance cycle for trouble-free printing.
  • Design improvements from previous models - Including a Single Roll Bar which eliminates paper jams and an Aluminum Encoder Strip which reduces dust accumulation
  • Ultra-fine Printing Capabilities with 4880 x 1200 dpi
  • Brand New Processor for Faster Image Processing

Side by Side Comparison of F570 Pro with SG1000

Start up Costs (Machine plus necessary supplies)

  • Epson F570 Pro - Bundles start at $2,545
  • Sawgrass SG1000 - Bundles start at $1,524

Print Size

  • Epson F570 Pro - Supports rolls from 8.3" to 24.4" on 2" core or sheets from 8.3" x 11" to 11" x 17"
  • Sawgrass SG1000 - Prints on media up to 11" x 17" with standard tray, or expands to 13" x 51" with bypass tray

Ink

  • Epson F570 Pro - Bottled Ink with a replacement cost of $99.99 for full CMYK ($0.17/ml)
  • Sawgrass SG1000 - Ink Cartridges with a replacement cost of $308 for new CMYK ($2.48/ml)

Software

  • Epson F570 Pro - Can print using any software as the driver acts like a standard ink jet printer. However, the bundles come with the Epson Edge Print Pro which is a dedicated layout software.
  • Sawgrass SG1000 - Sawgrass utilizes the DesignMate and PrintMate programs to provide a design platform and layout software

Warranty

  • Epson F570 Pro - Epson comes with a 1 year warranty serviced by Epson trained technicians. An optional 1 year extended warranty is available. 
  • Sawgrass SG1000 - Sawgrass provides a 2 year warranty with an online ticket support team.

Epson F570 Pro Sublimation Bundles

"I had researched the equipment for some time but I must admit upon receipt of the item it was more than I expected. the quality of the prints and versatility is great. I am happy I took the plunge to purchase." -- Tina H

Sawgrass SG1000 Sublimation Bundles

"This bundle is awesome! I have been wanting the Sawgrass printer for a while now. The package deal was a great price and had everything I needed to get up and running. The printer allows so much flexibility for our business needs and the print quality is amazing! Love Swing Design and all they offer. You can beat the package deals and prices!" -- Kristen D

Make your own Sublimation Blanks


Step into the world of customization like never before with the xTool and your sublimation printer! This powerful duo empowers you to cut out new and fun sublimation blanks, allowing you to unleash your creativity and personalize everything. Elevate your crafting game with professional-grade results and bring your sublimation projects to life with unparalleled ease and efficiency. Whether you're a seasoned crafter or just starting out, this innovative tool combo is your gateway to limitless sublimation possibilities!


Laser cut keychain letter A  with roses sublimated

Glitter drinkware without the mess


Unleash the full potential of sublimation printing with Swing Design's dynamic 7-in-1 tumbler press! Effortlessly personalize mugs, tumblers, shot glasses, and more with vibrant, durable designs that withstand the test of time. Elevate your crafting experience and dive into a world where creativity meets functionality—perfect for DIY enthusiasts and professional designers alike!


Sublimated tumblers with artificial glitter and sublimation printer printing out ink

Paper Options

Sublimation paper quality directly impacts the final print's clarity, vibrancy, and durability. Higher-quality papers are designed to absorb and transfer ink effectively, ensuring sharp details and vivid colors in your sublimated products. Investing in good sublimation paper can significantly enhance the overall quality and longevity of your prints, making it a crucial consideration for achieving professional results in sublimation printing.

Sublimation Blanks

What is the maintenance requirements on these machines?

The Sawgrass SG1000 completes regular maintenance checks automatically. The printer should remain on and plugged in to allow those to occur. It is also recommended to print at least once a week.

Can I print continuously with the Epson F570?

Yes, the printer supports the use of rolls. When you are ready to separate your designs, the machine has a built in rotary cutter for easy separation.





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