5 Printers to Dye For
A roundup of new textile and dye sublimation machines.
With interest in digitally printed interior décor and garments growing due to cost benefits (short runs, scaled-down production space, and reduced shipping fees), and increased customer creativity (personalization, eye-catching designs, and endless color options), it might be time for your shop to consider a dye sublimation or direct-to-textile printer. With these printers, you can save money and let your clients’ imaginations run wild while printing graphics on pillows, shirts, banners, and more. Listed below are a handful of recently introduced options you can use to explore new applications and products to entice your customers.
Tiger-1800B Digital Textile Printer
Width: 74 in.
Features: Adhesive belt transport system with belt washing technology; an inline heat drying unit; a built-in PC with Mimaki’s TxLink3 textile RIP software; twin pressure roller shafts to uniformly transport textiles; wrinkle and media jam sensors; variable dot printing; and standard degassing module to reportedly reduce clogging
Max. Print Speed: 4144 sq ft/hr
SureColor F9370 Dye Sub Printer
Width: 64 in.
Features: Dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads; UltraChrome DS ink with high-density black; 3-L bulk ink system; a control dashboard for users to remotely run cleanings, check ink levels, update firmware, and download media profiles; integrated fabric wiping system; roll-to-roll media support with auto paper-tension control; and Wasatch SoftRIP TX and ICC profiles
Max. Print Speed: 1169 sq ft/hr
D5300 DS Dye Sublimation Printer
Width: 209 in.
Features: Inline calendar for one-step imaging; simultaneous multi-roll printing; integrated sewing system that automatically attaches new rolls; configurable with 4 or 8 Kyocera printheads with variable droplets as small as 4 pL; 5-L bulk ink system; and inline cutting system
Max. Print Speed: 3440 sq ft/hr
Pike Single-Pass Digital Textile Printer
Width: 77 in.
Features: Prints on textiles up to 0.12 in. thick; variable drop sizes from 2 to 10 pL; up to 9 colors; modular multisection dryer; curved heat plate; touch-screen control panel; customizable in/out feed; patented touchless printhead cleaning cycle by automated purge; max. resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi; and Printserver 8 RIP software
Max. Print Speed: 131 linear ft/min
Impres Soft Signage System
Width: 70.9- and 126-in. models
Features: Caldera RIP software; JK Group dye sub inks; choice of 2, 4 or 16 Kyocera dual-channel printheads; droplets range in size from 4 to 72 pL over a 4-in.-wide section of fabric; and available as a system designed solely for paper transfer printing or for both transfer and direct polyester fabric imaging
Max. Print Speed: 1330 sq ft/hr for 70.9-in. model; 3113 sq ft/hr for 126-in. model