Mimaki launches new textile low cost high quality printer
Japanese Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets is introduction a new addition to its family of digital textile inkjet printers
The Tx5oo-1800B printer delivers high speed, high quality digital printing on a wide range of textiles, even stretching qualities, including cotton, silk, hemp and rayon. The new printer joins the TS500-1800 and Tx500-1800 DS rounding the company’s broad textile printing portfolio.
The key features of the new printer are: a specially designed conveyor belt feeding fabric without tension, enabling high quality printing on elastic materials, even with unattended operation. The print speed 1.6 times higher than conventional Mimaki textile printing products at 60 m2/h and 600×450 dpi. Plate-less on-demand printing is possible up to eight colours with fast delivery of small lot manufacturing for improved time to market. A variable dot function delivers rich gradation without banding and accurate printing of fine lines for added value in the final product for fashion design. Various ink types support a wide range of materials to meet the diverse needs of the textile and apparel industries. This includes reactive dye ink (Rc3090, sublimation dye ink (Sb300), acid dye ink and pigment ink. Acid dye and pigment inks will be available in the near future. Ink is available in 2-litre ink bottles for reduced ink costs. For an automated process of cleaning and drying the conveyor belt between or during projects ensures that the media is protected from staining or dampness.
Mike Horsten, General Manager of Mimaki’s European and Middle East Area declared: “Fashion designers and others in the industry will be able to produce vibrant small lot products on unique materials that were in the past not readily available for digital printing in the past, it includes now all popular fabrics in the world of fashion design. Our dedication to eco-friendly printing is also demonstrated with this new textile printer by using less ink and water, thus less waste than other printing solutions.”