TheMagicTouch in the UK and Ireland, under the DTFMagic brand, has added another printer option to its DTF (direct to film) transfer portfolio with the introduction of the new Mutoh/STS VJ-628D printer.
The 630mm wide compact desktop printer, manufactured by Mutoh in Japan, is based on Mutoh’s proven Valuejet 628 8-channel printer chassis and Epson industrial print head. The solution offered is a global collaboration with leading ink manufacturers STS which has configured the best entry-level option for those looking to investigate the many opportunities DTF transfer technology offers.
Jim Nicol, managing director, said: “Having considered over the past 12 months the great response and uptake of DTF technology, combined with the success of those now using the process in production environments, we must ensure we are able to offer the right solution for specific customer needs. The existing R-Jet Pro printer is truly fantastic and offers real transfer production capabilities up to 15sq m per hour but we strongly feel the size and space requirement is restrictive for many potential users. This new desktop option is perfect despite the slower production speed.”
The VJ-628D printer easily fits onto an office table or rolling stand option and prints directly to the coated PET film. The printed image then has a powder adhesive applied using an automatic “Shake and Bake” unit or alternatively, for auto cut-sheet or roll-to-sheet prints, the film can be cured at up to 95°C in a unique desktop curing oven.
Additionally, DTF works equally well on white or dark textiles and allows users to choose a matt or gloss finish, whilst requiring no pre-treatment, no cutting or weeding, creates crisp and defined edges and images, does not require advanced technical printing knowledge, and produces less waste. STS based in Florida, USA, has manufactured inks for over 20 years and offer DTF inks with superb elasticity and durability onto most garments and textiles regardless of composition or colour. The CMYK and white inks are supplied in cartridge and bulk bag options and are all fully certified.
The printer is driven by bespoke RIP software to ensure fast processing speeds, enhanced printing-while-ripping and user defined custom cut-line names and colours. The pre-production cost per transfer feature is also very useful as the user is able to price each transfer to an exact cost. A good example being where 24x60mm transfers are produced in just over six minutes at a cost of less than 5p each and applied in this case to a black pique polo shirt.
The expected arrival of stock in the UK is mid-January and in the meantime the system can be demonstrated via Zoom or in person at the Dunstable showroom. Printed samples and transfers are also available for evaluation. All pricing is inclusive of delivery, installation and training combined with a one year warranty.