Direct print printer for printing on fabric

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Service and training. Considering the complexity of the device for direct printing on textiles, as well as a lot of subtleties in their work. timely service and technical support. In this matter, Epson and Brother are again leading with authorized service centers and experienced field specialists around the world, which Col-Desi cannot boast of, which provides exclusively remote support.

Manufacturing costs. ITNH specialists do not undertake to accurately estimate the average cost of manufacturing a unit of production (T-shirt) for each of the machines, since it depends on many production factors that are not directly related to the characteristics of the printer. However, in their opinion, Epson and Brother have the most transparent pricing policy, which allows the most accurate calculation of production costs in advance.

5 best textile printers (for direct printing on fabric)

The American company ITNH has published a list of the 5 best direct printers for printing on fabrics from those that are available for sale. The list includes flagship models from leading manufacturers, so they all have a high cost and are unlikely to be suitable for small businesses. The list is completed by a table comparing the listed models.

  • Epson F2100
  • Brother gtx
  • Col-Desi (DTG Digital) M2
  • Kornit breeze
  • MR M-Link-X

comparison table

Parameter Epson Brother DTG Kornit MR
Model F2100 GTX M2 Breeze M link X
RRC 17995 22500 19995 65000 74995
Retail price 16995 22500 19995 65000 70995
Colors CMYK 2 white CMYK 2 white CMYK 1 white CMYK 2 white CMYK 1 white
Volume of cartridges 600 ml 200/500/700 ml 250 ml 150 ml / 1.5 l 1 L
Cost of cartridges 207 103/183/218 42 180/280 241 color / 262 white
Price per ml ink 0.34 0.52 / 0.37 / 0.32 0.17 0.83 / 0.19 0.26 / 0.24
White ink circulation system Yes Yes Yes Not Yes
OEKO-TEX 100 certificate there is there is Not there is Not
Max print area, mm 406 x 508 406 x 457 (with white), 406 x 533 (color only) 450 x 610 355 x 457 406 x 508
Number of prints (with white ink) 35-45 40 20-25 25 55
Number of prints (no white ink) 50-60 45-55 45 32 75
Print head Epson TFP x 1 Brother x 2 Epson DXS x 1 Spectra x 6 Ricoh Gen5 x 2
Max resolution, dpi 1440 1200 2880 1200 1200
Software included Garment creator Printer Driver RIP RIP RIP
Guarantee 1 year 1 year full, 2 years limited 2 years 1 year 1 year
Training Local Local Remote Local Local
Daily maintenance Automatic Automatic Required Required Required
Heat press Not Not Not Built in Not

It is worth noting that for the Russian realities, such solutions look extremely expensive, so most small businesses are converting inexpensive paper plotters to textile ink. You can read more about textile printing in our article.

High performance 44 ” dye sublimation printer

Print width up to 44 inches
Print speed over 63 sq. m per hour
Built-in drying of finished prints

Direct printing on fabric

The Epson SureColor SC-F2100 is a popular and reliable T-shirt printer for direct printing on natural fabrics. Detailed, vibrant prints, rich colors, strong and tear-resistant whites are successfully combined with the productivity and high speed of the device (thanks to additional high-speed printing modes and improved ink circulation system).

The following models will be presented at the Allart Service stand (E64, Pavilion 75, Hall A):

  • SureColor SC-F9300
  • SureColor SC-F2100
  • SureColor SC-F500

The Textile and Technologies company together with Epson specialists will make presentations:

    February 11
    Presentation “The latest sublimation printers Epson SC-F6300 and Epson SC-F500”
    Demonstration and positioning of the Epson SureColor SC-F6300 and SureColor SC-F500 printers in the modern Russian market. who is the potential client?
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13.30-16.00 h.
Pavilion 5
2nd floor, conference hall No. 215
February 13
Practical seminar “Sublimation printing on fabric on the new printers Epson SureColor SC-F6300 and Epson SureColor SC-F500”
The basics of sublimation printing. What is quality printing? Epson Upcoming New Products Announcement.

11.00. 14.00 h.
Pavilion 5
2nd floor, conference hall No. 239

See you at the exhibition “Textillegprom” 2020!

Sublimation Printing

The Epson SureColor SC-F500 is an entry-level compact sublimation model with a print width of 24 inches. The device is equipped with built-in 105 ml ink tanks and a touchscreen display with a Russian interface. The printer automatically switches between media (roll / sheet), and the original four-color inks and the innovative Epson PrecisionCore TFP print head ensure rich and clear images on all types of sublimation media.

Epson UltraChrome DS four-color ink delivers unrivaled color vividness and image clarity. And the new high-density black ink offers additional savings (up to 30%!) As it can reproduce rich blacks with less ink and fewer passes.

Also, the flagship of the Epson sublimation series will be traditionally presented. 64-inch Epson SureColor SC-F9300.

High-performance 44-inch high-density black ink dye sublimation printer

Print width up to 44 inches
Print speed over 63 sq. m per hour
New high density black ink

Epson to showcase novelties for sublimation printing for the first time at Textillegprom 2020

Federal Wholesale Fair “TextillegProm”. one of the largest specialized exhibitions in the field of textile and light industry in Russia and the CIS countries. Together with partners Allart Service and Textile and Technologies, Epson will present both proven solutions for sublimation and direct printing on fabrics, as well as new products:

Universal printer for direct printing on textiles

Improved speed and quality: additional modes for high-speed printing and rasterization for smoother color transitions
Epson’s complete solution: printer, printhead, ink, software and warranty
UltraChrome DG ink: rich colors and long lasting whites

Universal printer for direct printing on textiles

Improved speed and quality: additional modes for high-speed printing and rasterization for smoother color transitions
Epson’s complete solution: printer, printhead, ink, software and warranty
UltraChrome DG inks for rich colors and lasting prints

Laser engraving machines

  • high printing speed;
  • versatility;
  • a high resolution;
  • Ease of controls;
  • durability of the machine.

Desktop models are more like 3D printers. Modern installations, in addition to fabric, accept plastic, paper, rubber. When selecting an installation, the following parameters are evaluated:

  • Power.
  • Accuracy of printing.
  • Acceptable fabric thickness.
  • Connection interface.
  • Dimensions (edit).

Impact engraving machines

Impact engraving type printing equipment is supplied with a control unit. Desktop and floor modifications are provided. Impact engraving units are in demand at printing enterprises. In addition to fabric, they are allowed to work with glass and plastic.

  • Classic machine.
  • Tablet option.
  • Universal models.

If we consider the classic installation, three-dimensional models are considered common. There are devices with a lightweight frame and a wide rack. Impact sockets are usually supplied with suspension. Stabilizers are rarely used on machines, so they are distinguished by their mobility.

The universal version is equipped with a safety drive and is fully automatic. The presented equipment is suitable for printing on various types of fabric. Models of increased power with an asynchronous motor remain in demand. When selecting equipment, the consumer pays attention to the accuracy of work and the size of the unit.

The last category is the tablet type and its peculiarity lies in the use of a wide work area. The installation is completely controlled from the computer, while the image is better created in Adobe Photoshop. Before printing, it is important to decide on the size, as well as the mode (fast printing, high accuracy).

Laser Ceramic Printers

Ceramic printers look compact and are mainly manufactured by Xerox.

  • high reliability;
  • wide color rendering;
  • simple technological process;
  • work with various types of fabrics;
  • suitable for promotional items.

If you look closely at the devices, you will notice that they differ in design. There are compact inkjet models, they differ in the kit, the characteristics are also taken into account:

  • Print format.
  • The weight.
  • Dimensions (edit).
  • Stamps.
  • Operation page support.
  • Print speed.
  • Maximum resolution.
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Features of the device of textile printers

If we consider a stencil machine, it includes the following elements:

  • Printed hand.
  • Desktop.
  • Catcher.
  • Spring element.
  • Support disk.
  • Support leg.
  • Upper disc.

Printer for printing on fabric

Interesting! There are complex modifications with adjustable frame position. With modern equipment, the frame can be lowered. Supports are made of various materials, there are models for 1, 2, 3 posts.

Description of dye sublimation fabric printers

A printer for printing on fabric is looking at the house and at the enterprise. Devices are supplied by various companies. Manufacturers offer models for household, industrial use, type, characteristics are taken into account. It all depends on the tasks and financial capabilities.

The type of fabric is an important criterion when choosing a device

False mesh meets with a density of 135 grams per square meter. They make T-shirts, T-shirts from it. The material is in demand for screen printing. Piqué has a low density, shirts, polos are made of it.

Important! The material is absolutely not suitable for laser ceramic printers, it is used only on engraving machines.

Sports jersey is suitable for printing on linen or T-shirts, it has a density of 130 grams per square meter. The material is suitable for screen printing.

Screen printing machines

Screen printing is suitable if you have a simple image (1, 2 colors). There are interesting carousel models on the market that have the following features:

  • wide table;
  • various types of fabric are allowed;
  • micro-adjustment of bearings;
  • additional handle for adjustment.

Screen Printing Machine

The units look cumbersome and require shapes to operate. The printing unit rotates, therefore, qualified personnel are needed for operation. The advantages are attributed to high accuracy of work, the image looks contrasting, pleases with bright colors. If necessary, place the fabric, you can use other materials:

The most common are single color options. As for the printing standards, there are the following types:

  • 40 × 50 cm;
  • 50 × 70 cm;
  • 41 × 56 cm.

We should also mention hand-held machines. Printex is considered one of the leaders in the production of these installations. The company supplies models in various formats. In terms of technology, the installations are similar to the “Americans”, they are made with aluminum tables, thermo rubber is used. Side clamps are used to fix the frames.

Interesting! If you need to adjust something, no special tool is used (everything is done with pens).

What fabrics can be printed on

The machine for drawing on the fabric is not capable of working with different materials, therefore it is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the classification. Manufacturers suggest considering natural as well as synthetic fabrics. They differ in texture, have individual density, other features (elasticity, water-repellent properties, etc.).

  • felt or felt;
  • footer;
  • hockey net;
  • sandwich;
  • ribana;
  • prima;
  • pique;
  • false mesh;
  • supplex.

Drawing on fabric

Direct print

Direct printing on fabric is used in the manufacture of various types of textile products. As the name implies, the distinguishing feature of any direct fabric printing technology is that the printer does not apply ink to an intermediate paper substrate, but directly to the fabric. This explains a number of special requirements for its design.

First of all, they relate to the uniformity of the tension of the fabric during the printing process, the stability and accuracy of the system of feeding and winding the media. It is also necessary that the design of the printer prevents ink from getting onto the back of the media and smearing them.

For the technology of direct printing on fabric, printers specially designed for these purposes are used:

Suitable for beginners, small productions of low productivity, with a print width of 1.6m.

  • Print speed. up to 56.2 m 2 / hour
  • High print resolution. up to 1440 dpi
  • One 8-channel Variable Drop Volume Printhead
  • Proprietary MAPS3 print control technology
  • Automatic Media Feeder (AMF)
  • All hardware for continuous printing without operator supervision
  • This model is used for sublimation printing in a bond with a SuperTex B1735 calender heat press, a SuperTex SR1735 calender, a Corona 1700 DST calender. electric, an oil SuperTex RR1735 calender. Please note, not suitable for direct printing on fabric as standard
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The printer is designed for sublimation digital printing.

  • Easy-to-use entry-level model
  • No heater or winder (printer only has the features required for dye-sublimation transfer printing)
  • High quality printing (Maximum resolution 1,080 dpi)
  • Printing width 1361 mm
  • Print speed up to 19.6 m2 / h
  • Variable drop printing for superior quality (variable drop for smooth gradient prints and high-quality skin tones)
  • MAPS function for smoothing the image
  • Mimaki TS30-1300 comes with a knife, which makes it easy to cut the paper for later transfer after printing.

Building on key Mimaki technologies, the new JV300 “Plus” series boasts significant increases in productivity over its predecessors in addition to superior print quality at higher speeds.

Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII is a novelty in textile hybrid printers, with the ability to simultaneously load dye sublimation and textile pigment inks.

High performance printer, print width up to 3.2m with the ability to print: direct or sublimation printing for printing on synthetic and natural fabrics. Suitable for advertisements, bedding, curtains and other home textiles, draperies and more.

  • Maximum print speed up to 60.3 m 2 / hour (540×720, 4 pass, 4-colors, bidirectional printing)
  • 4/6 colors
  • Maximum resolution: 1440 dpi
  • 4 high-speed printheads arranged in four rows
  • The automatic material feeder is designed for the stable feeding of heavy materials weighing up to 130 kg
  • Continuous ink supply system provides automatic continuous printing
  • Possibility of optional installation of the MIMAKI bottle ink supply system allows you to reduce the cost of production
  • Optional installation of an automatic clogged nozzle checker during printing
  • Improved performance and quality with new Spatter Suppression system during printing

Direct digital printing on fabric is understood as a set of similar technologies that involve inkjet printing directly on textile material (with the possible subsequent fixing of the resulting image using special equipment for printing on fabric).

Direct printing ink on fabric

The main difference between technologies under the term “direct printing” is the type of ink used, which depends on the type of fabric you want to print on. The type of ink, in turn, determines the features of subsequent technological operations carried out using equipment for printing on fabric.

The most popular inks used for direct printing on fabric are:

  • Mimaki TP400. pigment ink for a wide range of materials.
  • Kiian HiPro. Italian sublimation ink with fluorescent colors.
  • Mimaki Sb54. Original Mimaki ink with excellent color performance.
  • HI-LITE Sublimation Ink

The printing of flags and flag products, for the production of which, as a rule, polyester is used, is carried out using sublimation inks. Printing on more expensive natural fabrics, including cotton, silk and wool, requires special ink types.

In addition, the fabric itself for direct printing must be prepared in a certain way: it is impregnated with special compounds that prevent ink spreading. As a rule, this is done on industrial equipment, and already prepared fabric for direct printing (both natural and synthetic) is available for sale.

The technologies described here allow us to apply the flexibility and responsiveness of digital printing to the production of both simple synthetic products and expensive exclusive industrial quality products from natural fabrics. This opens up completely unique opportunities for working in the interior and clothing market. And the presented equipment for printing on fabric allows you to choose an individual solution for the manufacture of a particular product.

Our experts will be happy to advise you on all issues of direct printing on fabric and help you choose a full range of equipment, inks and consumables, taking into account the individual characteristics of your production.

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