A huge important step in the screen printing process is printing your artwork on film transparencies. If you aren’t getting your artwork as black as possible on your films, its just not gonna work.
There’s not a ton of info out there about which specific printer you should get to print your films out and most of the time I see other screen printers recommending the Epson 1430 which, don’t get me wrong, is a very good printer for printing films when you need a wide format printer and you are just starting out. But it can be kind of pricey. Right now you can get one on Amazon for $300 which, eh isn’t that great of a price.
I didn’t see many other screen printers recommending any other printers for printing film so I did some comparison shopping and found the Canon Pixma IX6820. The Canon is like the Epson in so many ways except the price. The Canon Pixma IX6820 is only $120 and can do everything the Epson can. I ordered one and I have to say I’m very happy. The films I print with it are super dark and work great. Check out my recommendation/review video above. If you are looking for a printer for printing films, then I think the Canon Pixma IX6820 is an awesome and affordable option.