Epson rolls out fabric printers that can print t-shirts in 27 seconds

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The Epson F2000 can print a t-shirt in 27 seconds The Epson F2000 can print a t-shirt in 27 seconds[/caption] The Epson SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer — engineered for garment printing businesses — can print a t-shirt in just 27 seconds, because of its PrecisionCore TFP printhead, the company said in a statement. PrecisionCore is thin film piezo printhead technology that merges advances in materials science and MEMS fabrication with Epson’s deep portfolio of inkjet technologies. With the flexibility to deliver high-speed solutions for commercial, industrial, and office printing, the F2000 is capable of high-production, with little downtime for maintenance, ensuring that production lines will always be up. The technology within the Epson F2000 is designed to draw out the best of all components. The printer uses Epson UltraChrome DG Ink — a water-based pigment CMYK ink manufactured to deliver precise, repeatable performance, and superior image quality. Epson’s UltraChrome DG ink works with the PrecisionCore printhead to deliver the ultimate in print quality with an extremely high resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi. ?It?s a game changer as far as shirt printing goes,? said Finny Santos, the creative head of Empire, a shirt design company founded by dedicated sports fans. ?Since you’re using direct-to-garment printing technology, you don’t have to deal with the limitations that come with other printers or printing methods. It’s easy to operate, even for us who don’t have a lot of experience working with sophisticated printers. The quality is top-notch and consistent, so we never experienced printing aberrations. Last, you get to see if the design works in an actual shirt. It becomes easier to experiment and play with the designs.? Meanwhile, the Epson F7170, its latest dye sublimation printer, is designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market and integrates true roll-to-roll support for unprecedented levels of performance, reliability, and image quality for printing on fabrics and soft signage. The Epson SureColor F7170 leverages Epson s PrecisionCore TFP print head, and uses Epson s UltraChrome DS ink system to provide high-quality printing, superior dot control, precise and repeatable performance, and excellent longevity for a range of dye-sublimation applications. In addition, the Epson F7170 has a highly accurate take-up reel and substrate system to deliver winding accuracy between 0 and 0.193 on transfer paper rolls for digital textile applications, including soft-signage products such as decorative table tops and runners, as well as point-of-purchase (POP) banners and exhibit displays. Other roll-to-roll fabric applications that customers can create include home furnishings, fabric patterns, apparel manufacturing, and more. Built for increased productivity, the SureColor F7170 also features a high-capacity ink tank system with refillable tanks to allow continuous printing through a full roll of media, as well as a new post-platen heater for faster drying times. The printer also comes with a Wasatch SoftRIP TX that enables users to start printing output immediately out of the box with specialty features for textile printing. The F7170 is compatible with Epson?s line of dye-sublimation transfer papers, including DS Transfer Production paper, DS Transfer Adhesive Textile, and DS Transfer Multipurpose. The SureColor F7170 is designed to work exclusively with Epson UltraChrome DS Ink and not with other brands of inks or cartridges. Fashion designer Fatima Benito Cali of Ziya, a clothing line with a distinct bohemian theme, extolled the virtues of the Epson Surecolor F7170. ?We compared some prints from other printers with that of the Epson Surecolor F7170 and the results are very different,? she said. ?Epson’s colors are true to what we see in the computer’s color registry. The colors are vibrant and real. The printing process doesn’t require too much time to render. The sharpness and color of each detail in our fabric print is superb. We are very happy with the results.? For his part, Epson Philippines commercial and industrial division Head Jino Alvarez expressed enthusiasm for introducing the company?s new line of printers into the hands of digital textile producers. ?They can increase productivity, minimize downtime and maximize profitability, and look forward to the new applications and innovative designs enabled by the technology,? he said.]]>

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