Mimaki launches new textile printer

Mimaki has launched a new wide format dye sublimation printer at Visual Impact aimed at the fabric and soft signage markets.

The 1.8m wide roll-to-roll TS300P-1800 is designed to print onto transfer paper as thin as 50gsm to reduce run costs and increase flexibility of applications.

It can print up to 26-38sqm an hour on standard setting with four colour inks and 14-20sqm with six colours, and costs about $33,000.

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National marketing manager Brad Creighton says the machine will appeal to the growing sports apparel market but also to printers of soft signage, and two firms have already placed orders.

He says a powerful vacuum feed platen that holds media taut, while larger media press plates minimise cockling by reducing media up lift immediately after printing.

Creighton says the TS300P uses Mimaki developed and manufactured Sb410 sublimation ink to reduce production costs resulting in vibrant prints with low smoke emission.

Mimaki also launched the CFL-605RT 20-inch by 24-inch multifunction compact flatbed cutting plotter for packaging that can be easily attached to an existing printer.

Creighton says its key features include reciprocating cutting suitable for substrates up to 10mm thick such as foam cushioning materials, sponge or cardboard.

He says it offers the ability to easily facilitate creation and delivery of high quality, cost-effective designs.

It supports on-demand production and provides a rapid-response solution for the production of items such as short-run or custom original goods, samples and package prototyping.

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