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Direct-to-Garment and Sublimation Printers - The Machine Guide

DIRECT-TO-GARMENT AND SUBLIMATION PRINTERS

mPower MP10i

AnaJet LLC (asi/16000);
  Costa Mesa, CA;
(877) 626-2538;   www.anajet.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing.

What it is: The AnaJet MP10i-series is a single-platen direct-to-garment printer that has a small footprint and high-endurance industrial printhead with a nearly airtight ink delivery system.

What's new and Key features:

        
  • Faster, more efficient ink delivery
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  • AnaRIP software enables TrueView that allows user to preview image as output onto a garment; also includes control of ink settings and built-in ink cost calculator
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  • "Plug-n-Print" from storage devices
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  • Versatility of multiple applications
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  • Industrial performance.
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Buyer's note: This printer is a good choice for businesses new to digital printing as well as experienced, high-volume shops.

User review: "We researched the direct-to-garment printers available and always came back to AnaJet," says Sue Wodzicki, co-owner of Color Image Designs (asi/165209) in Lutz, FL. "The quality has surpassed both our customers' and our own expectations." Color Image Designs couldn't be happier with the print detail from the MP10i. "We print photos on shirts that are just incredible, and our customers love how they feel," Wodzicki says. "Some of them come back to show us shirts they bought from us a year ago and they still look as good as the day we printed them. We tell everyone that the print will outlast the shirt."

SureColor F2000

Epson America; Long Beach, CA;
  (800) GO-EPSON;
   proimaging.epson.com

Cost: $19,995

What it is: This is an all-new, purpose-built direct-to-garment inkjet printer.

What's new:

        
  • Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and Epson UltraChrome DG garment ink technology
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  • Garment creator software provides flexibility for print workflow, control to review job history and ability to estimate costs.
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Key features:

        
  • Prints directly onto garments ranging from 100% cotton to 50/50 blends
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  • Epson UltraChrome DG water-based pigment CMYK and CMYK+White ink technology.
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Buyer's note: This machine is ideal for print shops looking to capitalize on short-run, highly customizable printing jobs.

User review: Andrew Lanier, production coordinator at Denver-based Phunkshun Wear, imprints winter facemasks and balaclavas with two Epson direct-to-garment printers. "The colors are far superior to what we used to make," he says. "We're able to create detail that we would never have been able to hit before. We'll print a map of a ski mountain and you can actually read it." When Lanier and his team were in the market for a new printer, they saw the F Series printing on a snowboard. "That sold us on it," Lanier says. "It has far exceeded anything we've been able to do before. We offer multiple mask styles, from perforated single-layer to double-layer with fleece, and we do all of them on the Epsons."

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SureColor F7170

Epson America, Long Beach, CA;
  (800) GO-EPSON;
  proimaging.epson.com

Cost: $19,995

What it is: The Epson SureColor F7170 64" production dye-sublimation printer integrates roll-to-roll support for better performance, reliability and image quality in fabric production and soft signage.

What's new:

        
  • Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and Epson UltraChrome DS ink system
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  • Accurate take-up reel and substrate system, ideal for a range of textile applications
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  • High-capacity ink system with refillable tanks allows for continuous printing through a full roll of media
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  • Post-platen heater for faster drying times.
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Key features:

        
  • Delivers industrial-level production, image quality and reliability
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  • Precise roll-to-roll feeding technology allows for maximum uninterrupted production runs with minimal maintenance downtime
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  • Epson UltraChrome DS dye-sublimation CMYK ink technology produces vibrant colors, intense blacks, sharp contours and smooth gradations.
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Buyer's note: This machine is a good investment for small- to medium-sized print/textile shops looking to improve textile printing with better production times, less maintenance and lower cost of ownership. It's ideal for digital textile applications, including flags, banners, home furnishings and apparel.

Kornit Avalanche Hexa

Hirsch International Hauppauge,
  NY; (800) 394-4426;
   www.hic.us

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: The Kornit Avalanche HEXA printer was specifically developed to meet color and quality demands of the fashion and sports industry.

What's new: Two additional color channels (red and green) increase standard CMYK color gamut by 30%.

Key features:

        
  • Color matching and accurate spot-color printing
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  • 20 Spectra Polaris printheads with six color channels
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  • Enriched accurate spot-color printing
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  • 23.5" by 35" in print area for XXL garment and cut pieces.
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SummitDTG 520

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004),
  Fort Worth, TX; (800) 330-3867;
  www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for pricing.

What it is: The SummitDTG 520 printer uses CMYK and white inks to print directly onto light- or dark-colored garments. It includes a 1"-wide ink-repelling printhead and is capable of both bidirectional and unidirectional printing.

What's new: One-pass printing for faster prints: print a full-color 12" by 12" image on dark garments in three minutes.

Key features:

        
  • Maximum print size is 16" by 20" with included four-in-one platen, or 16" by 45" with custom platen
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  • White ink management system constantly circulates and filters ink to prevent clogging
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  • Bulk ink system saves money
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  • Automatic platen height adjustment.
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Buyer's note: This machine is a good fit for shops looking to offer custom-printed garments.

Texart RT-640

Dye-Sublimation Printer
  Roland DGA Corp. (asi/18201), Irvine, CA; (800) 542-2307;
   www.rolanddga.com

Cost: $19,995 (MSRP)

What it is: The Texart RT-640 uses Roland's Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks, and incorporates advanced print control technology for outstanding imaging and color consistency at speeds of up 351 square feet per hour.

What's new:

        
  • Bulk ink system
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  • In four-color mode, ink-switching system swaps empty pouch to a new pouch for continuous printing
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  • Advanced feed adjuster
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  • Includes Ergosoft Roland Edition Professional Textile RIP software
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  • Ability to control common printer functions from iPad.
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Key features:

        
  • Available in four-color (CMYK) or eight-color (CMYKLcLmOrVi) configurations
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  • Designed for long production runs
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  • Included TU3 take-up system.
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Buyer's note: This machine is best suited for textile/apparel companies, sign shops, screen printers and trade show/exhibit companies.

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