Is Yudu the new Gocco?

As I mentioned in this post, I am newbie owner of a PG-5 Gocco machine.

Gocco is a self-contained screen printing unit. You can use it to both burn master screens and to make your prints. It’s damn nifty. I wanted one forever. I got one. Life was good.

Then Amanda at PaperLust rocked my world today. I read on her blog to find out that just this week, Provo Craft unveiled its new Yudu personal screen printer.

In fact, the Yudu just became available for sale today exclusively on the Home Shopping Network. They’re selling the machine today for $279.95 with free shipping and handling.

So just what is this Yudu thingie? Well, it does essentially the same thing that a Gocco does, with some interesting differences:

  1. Gocco screens measure 3.75″ x 5.75″ for the B6 and 6.5″ x 9″ for the B5, while the Yudu 110 mesh screens measure 11″ x 14″.
  2. When you burn a screen on a Gocco machine, the bulbs are not reusable. The Yudu has a built-in light box so you can reuse the same bulbs for additional screens.
  3. Gocco screens are pre-treated with emulsion, whereas the Yudu screens come without it. You have to manually apply an emulsion sheet each time you burn a screen.
  4. Gocco screens are not reusable for new images. Yudu screens are reusable – you can clean off the emulsion and reuse the screen for a completely new image.
  5. To burn an image into a Gocco screen you must use a carbon-based image. For the Yudu, you don’t. You can print your image on a transparency directly from your inkjet printer.
  6. Using the Gocco, you apply ink to your screen and then print directly from the machine by opening and closing the top. With the Yudu, you have to use a squeegee to print your image.

So what is my problem? Well, I just spent way too much stocking up on supplies for my Gocco (which I haven’t yet used). While I feel it was a worthwhile investment, I am oh-so-easily distracted by shiny new things. And goofy product names.

Other than that, this Yudu dealie looks interesting. It’s brand spanking new, so there’s no way I’d buy it hot off the press, so to speak. Plus I still need to use and kill off the supplies I already have for my Gocco. The Yudu seems like it has potential for the future.

However, I’d like to be sure of a few things:

  1. The kinks have been worked out.
  2. It has longevity as a product.
  3. It has good reviews from users.
  4. There’s a wide variety of ink colors and accessories readily available.
  5. It’s affordable.

Of course, none of this stopped me from getting a Gocco, even knowing that they weren’t making machines or supplies for them anymore.

I showed the Yudu video to my hubby when he came home from work today and he had an interesting comment. Yudu’s light box uses bulbs that are a standard size that can be bought in any hardware store. He pointed out that the federal Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 has effectively banned the production ofย  incandescent bulbs by 2014. There are some exceptions to the ban, but he suggested that it might be worthwhile to find out what kind of bulbs are used by the Yudu before getting sucked into another Gocco fiasco. Wise words.

If you’re interested in more information about the Yudu, there’s a really interesting conversation going on in the Etsy forums. A rep from Provo Craft is involved has been very open in answering everyone’s questions.

You can also watch demo videos on YouTube. I’m fond of the following video, where I learned that one should think long and hard about consuming champagne while demonstrating a new product.

Just say no.

16 Responses to “Is Yudu the new Gocco?”

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By Ming - 31 May 2009 Reply

I too am the proud owner of a spanking new Gocco system… well, I’ve had it for a year and still haven’t used it. This Yudu machine IS interesting, but makes my wallet cringe even more at the thought of how much the Gocco cost and what it will continue to cost for supplies since it’s a diminishing market…. Aaaack.

By amy - 7 June 2009 Reply

I’ve already decided i’m not going to buy a YUDU machine because it is possible to make larger screens for much cheaper by just using a shop light and some photo emulsion. Also, I don’t want a big hunk of plastic laying around and the supplies are expensive. Gocco screens and lamps are expensive too. Although, I love the ingenious idea of the printing mechanism on a Gocco. I prefer to use a thermal imager, rolled screen mesh and plastic frames.

By elissa - 10 June 2009 Reply

Glad to hear your comments Ming & Amy. I agree that the cost is a bit scary right now.

I still haven’t used my Gocco yet, but did buy some new supplies at Arch in San Francisco during my vacation. I’m inching ever closer to breaking it in…

By Sartorialist - 20 June 2009 Reply

I was thinking about ordering a Gocco as well, but selected the YuDu when it went on sale for $199. The supplies can be expensive, but they are convenient, easy to use, and readily available. However, I tested it using more standard materials, liquid photo emulsion, EZScreenPrint, and water-soluble fabric inks. These materials all worked out great! The bulbs are not incandescent but four 18″ 15 watt T8 bulbs (fluorescent). Those should continue to be around for quite some time and readily available even after 2014. Of course, all of these things (exposure box with fluorescent bulbs, a light-tight drying rack with fan, registration guides, a hinged printing system, etc.) can be built by any crafter with some ingenuity, time, and spare cash, but the convenience of having a machine that contains all of these things in a fairly compact space is pretty great. I’m hooked on the YuDu and I’ve only had it a week. I’ve burned and reused several screens and have printed designs on about 80 things (t-shirts, pillows, curtains, etc.).

By elissa - 22 June 2009 Reply

Sartorialist –

I’d love to have you write a guest post on your experiences with the Yudu, if you’re interested. My blog gets lots of traffic from folks looking for information on how the Yudu works. It seems like you’ve got some great information to share.

Do you have any pics of your process?


By Aliy - 26 September 2009 Reply

I have a Yudu. I too have been pining after a Gocco ever since I heard about it.

My Fiance bought me the Yudu as a gift. Originally we just got it to screen print t-shirts for concerts, and clubs, and just for fun. But the possibilities were endless.

I JUST finished printing my wedding invitations on my Yudu (review coming to my blog soon if you want to RSS but it isn’t there yet) and I couldn’t be happier with the results! I wanted a raised (thermography ? type) effect on my invitations, but there was no way I was going to pay the price for it. The Yudu didn’t quite get the ink as highly raised as you may get from a print shop, but honestly.. how many of my guests will notice?

The thing I love the most is how detailed it can get. Which really surprised me because in all the demonstrations people are doing simple bulky designs. You don’t every see anyone print font. I printed font in a size 10 and had no problems with the crispness and readability.

Plus I printed my invitations on clear plastic, not paper, so running through the printer was not an option.

It can get pricey to buy all the supplies and stuff, but then again the Gocco isn’t cheap either. They probably come out about the same. If you decide to get one, you won’t be disappointed. ๐Ÿ™‚


By elissa - 27 September 2009 Reply

Ali –

I look forward to seeing how your invitations turned out. I’m sure there are a lot of Gocco fans who will be interested in seeing how small fonts print. I’m also really intrigued by the plastic invitation base you mentioned…the ink doesn’t chip off?


By Elle - 4 December 2009 Reply

Where can I find your blog? I too would like to print inviations with the YUDU… any tips are helpful

By elissa - 8 December 2009 Reply

Hi Elle,

This is my blog. ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t used the Yudu myself, so I don’t have any tips for you.

DIP Bride reviewed the Yudu and offered some great tips this blog post – Product Review: Yudu Screen Printing Machine. I hope this helps.


By Aliy - 28 September 2009 Reply

Chip off? I actually never thought about that ๐Ÿ™‚ So far no. The plastic is frosted and kind of has a rough texture, that should help.

By elissa - 29 September 2009 Reply

Ali –

I wasn’t sure if you could use the Yudu on nonporous surfaces. Thanks for the info!


By Lila - 14 December 2009 Reply

You can reuse gocco screens. You have to take certain precautions before actually putting ink on the screen, and be very careful when cleaning it, but it can be done! Also, GooGone works great to remove the ink from the screen.

By elissa - 16 December 2009 Reply

Lila –

Those are great tips – thanks so much for sharing them! I’m going to do my best to extend the life of my supplies whenever I can.


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