One printer, two inks: enabling fast, efficient print on cotton, hemp, polyester and more, at an entry-level cost and with a compact footprint
Amsterdam, March 3, 2017
Mimaki today announced that its Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers have been updated to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation dye inks. This enables the use of a single printer to print directly on a wide range of textiles without the need to change out ink systems. This new technology, that wasn’t possible until now, is a breakthrough that will improve productivity and increase flexibility for these Mimaki textile printers.
“Recently, in the textile and apparel markets, quick deliveries and short, customised production are becoming increasingly important. This new system is specifically designed to address this need for cost-effective short run printing of textiles for products or samples,” said Ronald van den Broek, General Manager Sales of Mimaki Europe. “It means that producers can switch fabric types quickly and easily, selecting the appropriate ink system for each fabric. And these inks do not require usage of water or steaming in the post-treatment process, making them environmentally sustainable as well.”
Mimaki offers five different ink types for textile printing, including sublimation dye ink, dispersion dye ink, textile pigment ink, reactive dye ink and acid dye ink. In the normal course of operation, one ink per printer must be selected. But now textile producers will be able to use the two most popular ink types in one single printer. The Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers will be able to simultaneously load TP400 textile pigment ink for cotton and hemp materials as well as Sb420 sublimation dye ink for polyester material. Since neither ink type generally requires steaming or washing in the post-treatment process, there is no need for a large space, a huge quantity of water, or special expertise in handling the printed fabric. All that is required is the printer and colour fixing equipment, making these entry-level printers suitable for use by designers, fabric workshops, and educational and research institutions.
“We are very excited about this breakthrough,” van den Broek added. “We understand the need for an affordable printer with a compact footprint for these users, and we moved swiftly to address this need with a very unique approach. As digital textile printing continues to gain traction, placing these printers in design and educational environments will help educate more people about the possibilities presented by on-demand printing of textiles and spur further demand for digitally printed textiles.”
- With textile pigment ink TP400, large post-treatment equipment is not required. These inks, which consist of solvent, pigment and binder agent, are fixed through heat without impairing the breathability and water absorbency of the fabric. The result is beautiful printing on cotton and hemp materials and is recommended for interior fabrics, T-shirts and various other apparel applications.
- Sublimation dye ink Sb420 is specifically designed for use with pre-treated fabrics, especially polyester. The colour is fixed using heat after printing. Printing on polyester with these inks delivers excellent colour accuracy and reproducibility.
- The Tx300P-1800 printer can print directly onto almost any type of natural or man-made fabric and is ideally suited for thick and woven textiles. Its combination of an affordable price, speed and high quality make it perfect for producing short runs or samples of customised and other designs.
- The Tx300P-1800B printer uses an innovative automated belt-fed conveyance system that is particularly effective when printing on modern stretchable materials. It prints to a broad range of natural and man-made fabrics and is ideal for the production of fashion, clothing and soft furnishing materials.
The hybrid ink system for the Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers will be commercially available in the summer of 2017.