The Tx300P and Tx300P-1800B direct to textile printers from Mimaki have been updated to provide the capability to simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation inks.
This update enables the use of a single printer to print directly onto a much wider range of textiles without the need to swap out ink systems.
Mimaki already offers five different ink types for textile printing, including sublimation dye ink, dispersion dye ink, textile pigment ink, reactive dye ink and acid dye ink. In the normal course of operation, one ink per printer must be selected. Textile print producers will now be able to use the two most popular ink types in one single printer. Both the Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct to textile printers will have the capability to simultaneously load TP400 textile pigment ink for cotton and hemp materials as well as Sb420 sublimation dye ink for polyester material. Since neither ink type generally requires steaming or washing in the post-treatment process, there is no need for a large operational space, huge volumes of water, or special expertise in handling the printed fabric. All that is required is the printer and colour fixing equipment, making these entry-level printers suitable for use by designers, fabric workshops, and educational and research institutions.
Stephen Woodall, national sales manager – textile and apparel, for Hybrid Services, Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, said: “This is a very exciting development for our textile print customers.
“Mimaki has listened carefully to feedback from this sector and understood the need for greater print production flexibility and productivity while still providing an affordable package coupled with a compact footprint. We are finding that these printers are increasingly in demand from professional design and educational environments, which in turn is likely to create even more momentum and interest in on-demand digital printing of textiles.”