Mimaki to launch 3.2m one-stop solution direct sublimation inkjet printer

Written by Colin Gillman on 20 September 2016.

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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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Dedicated to bringing to life the creations, dreams and aspirations of designers around the world, RA Smart has re-defined the ‘art’ of fabric printing and are acknowledged experts in the fields of specialist digital and screen print for the textile industry.

Education at RA Smart

RA Smart is committed to supporting the next generation of designers and actively involved with all UK and Irish design colleges, including The Royal College of Art, London College of Fashion and Central St Martins as well as a little further afield with the likes of The Philadelphia College of Science and Technology, Academy of Arts San Francisco and the Danish Design School in Copenhagen.

Our strong links with education have seen equipment supplied by RA Smart being used by graduates finishing their diplomas and leaving university to embark on a career in design and, in many cases, starting their own business.

Whether it’s a simple hand textile print table that’s required or a complete digital print facility, RA Smart is able to equip design studios of any size, and our expert knowledge of the printed textile and graphics industry means we can work closely with technicians and lecturers to ensure the print equipment supplied meets the requirements of specific courses and any special applications.

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About RA Smart

Based in the silk town of Macclesfield we operate one of the country's largest digital print facilities with the capability to print on cottons/wools/silks and polyesters.

Much of our work can be seen on catwalks around the world and found in leading department stores, working as we do for some of the biggest names in fashion and soft furnishing design. We provide a complete fabric design and print solution for businesses of all sizes, as well as working with all UK design colleges, where we actively support and encourage the next generation of designers.

RA Smart (CAD & Machinery) has been at the forefront of digital textile technology since the early pioneering days of the late 1990’s and can rightly claim to be experts in the supply and support of dedicated textile digital print solutions, partnering with the leading machine manufacturers and installing the latest systems throughout the UK. Covering a vast array of applications including fashion/furnishing/sportswear/household textiles and soft signage we are in a unique position to advise our customers of the various machine solutions, ink chemistries and processes required for any textile application. Not forgetting our heritage as a major supplier of screen printing equipment, we continue to manufacture and supply bespoke equipment to Universities, Colleges and design studios as well as artisan screen printers.

But leading the way in digital print is not all we do: we are actively committed to keeping the ancient art of weave alive, as well as promoting Macclesfield's rich silk producing history around the world. We also continue to support the screen print process and have a large commission screen making capacity and can manufacture and engrave flat screens to any size utilizing the latest wax jet engraving process

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