CADlink Technology Corporation’s latest release into the digital printing segment of the personalization/customization market features an all-inclusive, professional software solution for dye sublimation producers.

Essex-based Natural Print Solutions has installed Ricoh's latest direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the Ricoh Ri 100, to bring the production of branded workwear and personalised merchandise in-house. The company says it is now able to offer its clients a same-day service at ‘exceptional' levels of quality.

In the Spring of 2020, Spoonflower, a North Carolina-based supplier of decorated textiles serving entrepreneurs, graphic designers, and DIY artisans worldwide, installed four new Kornit Presto S systems for roll-to-roll, direct-to-fabric digital decoration. This installation, which effectively doubled Spoonflower’s production capacity, was fast-tracked to answer a considerable increase in topline growth since the onset of COVID-19 restrictions disrupted the industry.

Epson has announced its first 76-inch large-format printer in its LFP history. The SureColor SC-F10000 is a sophisticated, dye-sublimation printer that has been developed for the textile production market; where high productivity, speed and reliability are central to the success of the business. The numerous applications include: fashion, sportswear, home furnishings, promotional goods and soft signage.

French software developer Caldera has announced a new initiative that will help furnish the increasing demand for face masks for private individuals, while at the same time supporting their printing clients during a difficult time for businesses. Based on their successful SportsFactory concept which launched at FESPA Berlin 2018, the MaskFactory micro-factory platform will allow consumers to design personalised masks, which will then be manufactured to French AFNOR norms and dispatched to them.

Based a bit north of Rome, Teetaly provides custom apparel on demand, including t-shirts, hoodies, baby apparel, aprons, and hats. They serve a broad array of customers, including agencies and professionals purchasing large quantities of custom gear, artists creating their own line of merchandise, and end-consumers wanting to create something unique for themselves (or as gifts for friends and family). Teetaly’s online store includes a design tool to facilitate these customers in bringing their creations to life.

The world now accepts the reality of wearing face masks and coverings. This will be part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future. As expected the immediate demand for mask personalisation and design decoration has dramatically escalated over the past few weeks. This will continue to do so for many years to come. Currently there appears to be a vast range of options, materials and styles. Together with various claims relating to specification and personal safety.

Maverick Concepts, a creative design and fabrication business serving top retailers and major consumer packaged goods companies, has completed new investments to drive new opportunities. The Garland, Texas-based company purchased two advanced print technology solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. – an EFI™ VUTEk® FabriVU® 340i dye-sublimation printer and EFI Midmarket Print Suite MIS/ERP workflow software.

It is long past time that cutting was an obstacle in the process of design, printing, calendering, cutting to sewing. With today's technology, machines have become better aligned and much easier to use. However, suppliers can help customers even more by investigating which associated systems are compatible with each other. For this purpose, HP evaluated and tested the Summa L Series laser cutters with the HP Stitch Printer Series. Summa proudly confirms it has received the validation by HP. This acknowledgement shows that both technologies work seamlessly together, providing added value to customer workflows.

Epson, have introduced its first desktop dye-sublimation printer – the 24-inch SureColor F530. Delivering fast, reliable dye-sublimation printing right out of the box, the new SureColor F530 is ideal for promotional products and fashion apparel, including personalising mugs, mousepads, and garment embellishments.

Many manufacturing companies have decided to convert production to contribute to addressing the COVID-19 crisis. In the textile sector in particular, print service providers have started producing masks and other kinds of facial protection, due to the sudden surge in demand and limited supply.

How can you make a difference in today’s world of digital textile printing? Today more than ever, this extremely fast-paced sector requires great versatility in production, along with a wide variety of creative and profitable applications for different markets. And that is precisely why Mimaki developed its innovative TX300P-1800 MkII digital textile printer – a truly hybrid solution in terms of printing processes, the inks and the range of printable fabrics and substrates. With outstanding operational flexibility, it fully meets the needs of small to medium print service providers handling different types of orders in small runs.

Foticos is a Spanish company that has been operating in the photographic and printing sector since 1984. Today they are a staple in everything related to personalized products and gifts, from blankets to t-shirts or puzzles among many others.

In the midst of the current coronavirus crisis, the next edition of Heimtextil from 12-15 January 2021 in Frankfurt am Main is proving very popular: more than 95 per cent of the space occupied last time has now been booked.* Heimtextil thus offers international representatives from the sector a superb setting in which to launch a successful season at the world leading trade fair for home and contract textiles in 2021.

As distributor for Fruit of the Loom in Thailand, Chaiyaboon Brothers has been using digital direct-to-garment (DTG) technology for more than a decade, most recently implementing the Kornit Avalanche HD6 system for industrial-scale decoration of short- and long-sleeve t-shirts. Currently, the business imprints 600-800 pieces for FOTL Thailand per day, most of them one piece per order. With print-on-demand capabilities, they ensure a consistent profit margin for these small orders.

HP Inc. together with its global network of print service providers (PSPs) continue to innovate printing applications to help medical teams, businesses and the public adapt in the ongoing effort to combat COVID-19.

Continuing to help its customers expand digital and textile printing capabilities, Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon U.S.A., Inc., is excited to announce it has joined forces with DGI USA, a manufacturer with deep roots in dye sublimation, to deliver solutions that combine DGI’s highly productive printers with Canon Solutions America, Inc.’s robust support services and market expertise. The new DGI Dye Sublimation printers, DGI POSEIDON, DGI FT-3204X, and DGI FH-3204, provide an excellent solution for print service providers looking to expand their businesses into soft signage.

The Italian company, a specialist manufacturer of functional sportswear, conducted research and began producing masks in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Durst, manufacturer of advanced digital printing and production technologies, is now producing “community masks” in its demo center at the Brixen headquarters in South Tyrol, Italy. The masks are produced in the first step for employees of Durst Group and sister company Alupress and afterwards the production capacity will also be available for other companies. The know-how for the production of the “community masks” will be made available to interested print service providers worldwide through its branches.

Pete Astles from Peak UK, winner of the Roland Hero contest, is having to revise his plans due to the wholly necessary postponement of the Tokyo Olympics. Thankfully, with the support of Roland dye sublimation technology, he will be working hard to prepare for the Games in 2021.

Rosie Lees took over The Embroidery Barn in 2018 with no experience of producing promotional and personalised clothing, but investment in equipment such as the Roland VersaSTUDIO BT-12 has helped her sail into success.

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