Mimaki launched the Tx300P-1800B (Belt) 1.8-metrewide textile printer which it says is specifically designed to address the need in the textile and apparel industries for cost-effective, short run printing of textiles for products or samples.
It says the printer’s unique design makes it ideally suited to printing on a wide variety of fabrics, including bulky, textured materials, as well as sheer fabric and stretchy materials such as knits. It also eliminates the need for steaming or washing when printing with Mimaki TP400 textile pigment inks, thereby reducing the space required for on-demand textile printing.
Mimaki believes that the significant upturn in online shopping brings with it a growing demand for the creation of custom products, with customers moving their attention away from standard designs widely available in retail outlets. Accordingly, enterprising garment makers are looking for cost-effective solutions that will help them meet the demand for sample production, short runs and bespoke prints.
In order to accommodate the wide range of potential applications, Mimaki will be offering five different ink types with the Tx300P-1800B. These include: Sb420 Sublimation Dye Ink, designed for either direct or transfer printing and featuring a broad colour gamut, including a deep black; Dd400 Dispersion Dye Ink, for high light-fastness and‘outstanding’ build-up; and TP400 Textile Pigment Ink, with which use of a binder or primer is recommended in order to achieve best quality.
Also available will be Mimaki’s Rc400 Reactive Dye Ink, which the company says meets high automotive light-fastness standards but require pre- and post-treatment. The final ink option is Mimaki's Ac400 Acid Dye Ink, which also requires pre- / post-treatment.
The new Mimaki Tx300P-1800B prints at up to 50 sqm/hour at resolutions of up to 1,440dpi. Mimaki says its high and adjustable head gap prevents head strike and enables high quality printing on thick, woven or fabrics with raised fibres. Waveform control allows each ink to be jetted according to its own specific gravity and viscosity, for precise placement of ink droplets on to the fabric. A Nozzle Control Unit automatically detects and recovers clogged nozzles.
At Viscom in Frankfurt, Germany, in November, the recently announced Mimaki Tx500P-3200DS received its European debut. According to Stephen Woodall, national sales manager – textile & apparel at Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services: “Mimaki’s new Tx500P-3200DS offers a combined grand format print and fixation solution, making it ideal for companies looking to leverage the growing soft signage and exhibition graphics sectors.