Eddie - Edible Ink Printer
Print Width: 1" to 3.5" (25mm - 89mm)
Item Width: 1.5" to 3.5" (38mm - 89mm)
Print Speed: 5-6 cookies per minute, varies by size and print
Ink: 1 GMP Certified CMY Edible Ink Cartridge (see note below)
Carousel: Includes one carousel for 3" - 3.5" (76mm - 89mm) items
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1. What is the price of the printer?
$2995 (USD, MSRP) in the USA.
2. How much is the ink cartridge?
The single cyan/magenta/yellow (CMY) GMP-Certified Edible Ink Cartridge is $130 (USD).
3. Are your ink cartridges refillable?
No. For food safety and agency certifications purposes, they are designed for one-time-only use.
4. Does the ink have an expiration or best by date?
Sealed cartridges are best for one year after the manufacture date. The best by date is printed on the cartridge box. FDA regulations require a best by date on the packaging. Keep in mind, expiration dates and best-by dates have very different meanings. Expiration dates tell consumers the last day a product is safe to consume. Best by date, on the other hand, tells you that the food is no longer in its perfect shape from that date. It may just lose its freshness, taste, aroma, or nutrients. The best by date is basically a quality indicator. Since this is ink is essentially food coloring, it has no nutritional value or taste to contribute to the overall product, so you can be assured that using the ink beyond the best by date is safe as long as the ink is still sealed in its foil packaging.
However, once opened, cartridges last for six months. PrintHub, Eddie’s status monitor, will start tracking the six months from the first time they are used in the printer. Once you pass the six-month opened point, the PrintHub software will warn you every time you print that your cartridge is expired and should be replaced.
5. What size items (cookies, etc.) can you print?
Item Size: 1.5" to 3.5" (38mm to 89mm)
Print Width: 1" to 3.5" (25mm to 89mm)
Maximum Thickness: 1" (25mm) for 1.5" (38mm) max diameter items. For all other sizes, .75" or 20mm.
6. Besides circles, does Eddie print onto other shapes, too?
Yes! Eddie prints onto squares, rectangles, stars, and even shapes such as Christmas trees, toy soldiers, and much more. You can also print onto other items such as lollipops, biscuits and crackers, potato chips, marshmallows, and more. See this video from our master distributor in Germany, DTM Print: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMzMD64AsZA.
7. What size carousel trays are available?
Eddie ships with a carousel that will fit items between 3” (76mm) and 3.5” (89mm). Spacers are available for purchase to print items as small as 2.5”. More sizes will be available in the coming months.
Eddie prints a 3.5” (89mm) cookie in about 10 seconds. You can therefore expect to print a dozen 3.5” (89mm) cookies in approximately 2 minutes.
9. What is the average ink cost per print?
It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colors used in your design. If you’d like to know your specific ink cost per print, please send a high resolution .jpg of your actual design to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll run a test through the printer’s software to give you a very close approximate cost. For a full color print, you can expect ink costs to run around $0.05 to $0.06 per print.
10. How many prints will I get per ink cartridge?
It depends upon the amount of coverage and the colors used in your design. If you’d like to know your specific ink cost per print, please send a high resolution .jpg of your actual design to email@example.com, and we’ll run a test through the printer’s software to give you a very close approximate number of prints per design.
For a 3.5” (89mm) cookie with a full coverage design, you can expect around 1,400 – 2,700 prints per cartridge.
11. What operating systems do these printers support?
Windows® 7/8/10+ or MacOS 10.11+
12. What is the highest resolution the printer is capable of printing?
Native print resolution is 1200 dpi. Eddie can print up to a maximum of 1200 x 4800 dpi.
13. What certifications do the printer and ink have?
Eddie is NSF Certified and is the first and only NSF Certified edible ink printer available on the market! Eddie also has many safety and EMC certifications, including UL, UL-C, FCC and CE. The ink cartridges are a GMP Certified edible ink cartridge that is manufactured, and filled, in GMP-Certified facilities. No other edible ink cartridges currently available have GMP Certification.
14. Does the printer come with design software?
Yes, it includes a downloadable copy of BarTender Designer for your PC. Any other Windows-based software may also be used with Eddie.
Design software for Mac isn’t included, but you can use any Mac-based software to print to Eddie.
15. How long will my images last?
When printed on a compatible frosting or surface, images can last up to a few months.
16. What types of items can you print on?
Cookies, macarons, candies, white chocolate, soap and more!
17. Are special cookies or frosting required?
No…and yes! The most critical part to obtaining a high-quality print is to use a well-suited frosting. Frostings that are white and that dry hard work best, something similar to a royal icing. Cookies should be flat and consistent in size. Primera sells frosted cookies and frosting kits for those who don’t want to make their own. We can supply you with a proven recipe that will deliver excellent results. (Hint: the secret ingredient is meringue powder.)
18. Are frosting sheets, sugar sheets or edible printer paper required?
No. That’s one of the major advantages of Eddie over other edible ink printers. Eddie prints directly onto the surface of the food item. No sugar sheets required!
19. Do I have to buy my ink from you?
For safety and certification purposes, Eddie’s ink cartridges are designed specifically for our printers. You won’t find them at brick-and-mortar retail stores. However, our online store at www.primera.com as well as many others, always have them in stock.
20. Do you offer any financing?
Yes! We offer PayPal’s great “Bill Me Later” program. We write up an invoice for your purchase. You submit it to PayPal for approval. Once approved, you purchase the equipment directly from us and get 6 months of interest-free financing. The down-payment amount and monthly payment amount is figured out between you and PayPal. You’ll need to either already have or open a new PayPal account to use this financing.
21. Can you show me some success stories?
Yes, we have a number of them on our web pages for Eddie and Primera’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/primeratech. One recent customer paid for her Eddie in just six days!
|Print Method:||Thermal inkjet|
|Print Resolution:||1200 x 1200 native; up to 1200 x 4800 dpi|
|Minimum Print Width:||1" (25mm)|
|Maximum Print Width:||3.5" (89mm)|
|Minimum Item Width||1.5" (38mm)|
|Maximum Item Width:||3.5" (89mm)|
|Minimum Thickness:||0.08" (2mm)|
|Maximum Thickness:||1" (25mm) thickness for 1.5" (38mm) diameter objects. For all other sizes, 0.75" or 20mm is max|
|Print Speed:||5-6 cookies per minute, varies by cookie size and print|
|Weight:||Total weight: 24.9lbs. (11.3kg)
Printer = 18.7lbs. (8.5kg)
Carousel and Base = 6.2lbs. (2.8kg)
|Dimensions:||Total Dimensions: 16" W x 31.2" L x 7.12" H (406mm W x 792mm L x 181mm H)
Printer Dimensions: 12.47" W x 18.67" L x 7.12" H (317mm W x 474mm L x 181mm H)
Carousel Dimensions: 16" W x 16.58" L x 2.8" H (406mm W x 421mm L x 72mm H)
|Power:||36W (12V, 3A)|
|Certifications:||UL, UL-C, FCC Class A
NSF/ANSI Standard 18 Manual Food and Beverage Equipment
UL 763 Standard for Motor-Operated Commercial Food Preparing Machines
CSA C22.2 No. 195-16 Motor Operated Food Processing Appliances (Household and Commercial)
|Warranty:||1 year parts and labor. An extended warranty is available for purchase.|
|Operating Systems:||Windows® 7/8/10+ or MacOS 10.11+|