Mimaki to launch 3.2m one-stop solution direct sublimation inkjet printer
Mimaki is set to launch a new 3.2 m-wide direct sublimation inkjet printer model - Tx500P-3200DS - in January 2017. The printer features a built in, in-line heat fixation unit that Mimaki says significantly reduces production time through the simultaneous performance of two operations; printing and colour fixation.
With a print speed capability of up to 130m² per hour, the company says the Tx500P-3200DS is ideal for the production of samples as well as large batch production with short delivery times.
“Direct sublimation transfer printing requires the fixing of printed inks through heating, and this machines ability to deliver this at the same time as printing removes a step in the traditional process, speeding up the operation, saving valuable time and enabling both short-run bespoke commissions and large scale production runs to be achieved with equal efficiency,” says Hybrid Services Stephen Woodall.
Aware that the textile industry is moving ever-larger volumes from analogue to digital printing in order to meet market demand for the growing number of small lot orders and shortened cycle times, Mimaki says the new Tx500P-3200DS was specifically designed to meet these requirements in both segments, as well as increased demand for digitally printed textiles in home décor, including extra-wide fabrics for draperies, linens and upholstery. The improved productivity benefits of the new printer will also make it ideal for meeting the growing demand created by custom orders requiring a speedy turnaround, received via the Internet by print providers.
Versatility is the watchword where the Tx500P-3200DS is concerned with the company stating that the new printer will be suited to a wide array of textile printing, including soft signage, customised apparel, and fabrics for home décor and furnishings.
Feeds and speeds geeks will be pleased to see that the printer can knock out print at speeds of up to 130m²/hour in 4-colour print mode and up to 105m²/hour in 6-colour mode at 720 x 1080 dpi using 12 print heads in a staggered 3-line array. The in-line heat fixation unit, capable of generating temperatures of up to 200°C, ensures the machine is able to perform its full ‘single-step’ print and fixation process even at the highest operational speeds.
According to Magnus Mighall of textile printing specialist supplier RA Smart, the arrival of the new Tx500P-3200DS can’t come quickly enough. “This promises to be an extremely popular printer. There has been so much interest in it that we have taken at least ten pre orders already,” he says.
Exclusively distributed in the UK and Ireland by Hybrid Services Ltd, the first machines are expected to be shipped in January 2017. In the meantime, Hybrid Services is offering a two year warranty on the Mimaki TS300P-1800 1.8m production dye sublimation printer.
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