Mimaki have a wide range of printers specifically designed for the Textile and Apparel market. Enabling direct and sublimation printing onto a wide range of fabrics and garments. Easy operation and exceptional print quality give customers the power to transform creative ideas into profitable products…at a fast pace.
Mimaki have just launched the new Tiger-1800 MkII at the ITMA 2019 held earlier this week along with their new Hybrid printer, TX300P series.
What Type of Fabric Printing Machine Do You Need?
The two fabric printing machines we’ll be focusing on are dye sublimation and direct-to-fabric. Ultimately, your printing application will determine which fabric printing machine you need.
If you’re printing on materials like cotton, silk or nylon, a direct-to-fabric printing machine will provide the exact chemistry you need. For polyester materials, you’ll need a dye sublimation printer.
Dye sublimation printing is an integral part of the textile market. The process creates the perfect chemistry for printing on polyester, which is one of the most popular textiles used for soft signage at tradeshows, airports and malls. Sports apparel and home décor such as tapestries and shower curtains are also best printed using dye sublimation techniques.
According to ITNH Inc:
The Mimaki TS300 is rated one of the top five dye sublimation models currently available.
The Mimaki TS300 combines great print quality with technical sophistication. This model has self-monitoring capabilities while printing, making it a great option for unattended print jobs. The TS300 is also an eight-colour channel printer that offers pink and yellow fluorescents as an option.
When it comes to cotton, silk, nylon and all other (non-polyester)fibres, the dye sublimation paper transfer process won’t work. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t print on these fibres! The process will just require different ink chemistry so you can print directly onto fabrics and not have to transfer from paper. Polyester applications that require deep ink penetration — like printing on flags — can also benefit more from a direct print process.
Two of Mimakis’ Direct-to-Fabric printers are in the top three on the market today.
The Mimaki TX300P is the perfect choice for entry-level and mid-level production, especially on woven goods. This fabric printer is simple to use and maintain and has the technical sophistication to help self-monitor its performance.
The TX300P-1800B offers the same fabric printing technology as the standard TX300P-1800. However, the 1800B uses an adhesive print blanket to transport the fabric through the printer, which is critical for production printing on knit goods and delicate fabrics. This model also has a belt that keeps it from distorting and curling on the edges.
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