Print from a Roll WF-3540

Is there anything special that I need to do to or can do to be able to print easily from a roll of paper on the Epson Workforce 3540 shown here?
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Rick HobbsRETIREDCommented:
It is not designed to print from a roll.  Please check this:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2413799,00.asp
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David BruggeCommented:
rickhobbs is correct in that it is not designed to print from a roll, but that doesn't mean that you can't.

If you are printing directly from your computer, you will likely have a system limitation of 44 inches for your maximum image length. You can over come this by using a RIP or a program such as Qimage.

The problem that you will run into (and indeed is also a problem on desktop printers that have a roll feed in back) is that the paper tends to drift or change angle slightly as the two advance rollers do not always grip the paper with the same friction. This is rarely noticed on a sheet of notebook paper, but a deflection of one degree on a paper 44 inches long can be noticeable. If the feed does this several times over the course of a print run, the end of the paper may be off by several inches.

I have feed the paper through the direct slot with a degree of success by holding the roll taught in my hand and providing a bit of tension against the feed mech.

Much better results can be achieved by building a loading chute for the paper. The idea is that as a roller grabs one side of the paper and not the other, a guide rail on the side of the paper keeps it from being deflected. The result is that the paper is feed straight, even if only one roller grabs the paper.

I have built a chute out foam board 60" long with rails an inch and a half high set less than 1/8 inch wider than the paper width. The design I patterned it after was made of plastic laminate with aluminum guides, but I couldn't afford the space for a permanent setup like that.

I might point out that printing large images like this is not economical. The ink and paper become very expensive, especially if you make a mistake towards the end. If you plan on doing much printing from this setup, consider a continuous inking system.
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