Epson fabric printing

Sunday, 01 October 2017
By Print21

Fabric printing is the ‘new black’ in Epson wide format inkjet as the excitement of the new brilliant fabric printing revolution sweeps the printing industry.

Wide format printers are discovering the potential for printed goods and materials that can be run off their Epson wide-format printers – the SureColor F9200 and it’s little brother, the F2000. Designed to enable rapid and cost-effective production of printed goods and material they’re outputting clothing, sportswear, soft-signage and gifts. With flexible output capabilities, easy management and low maintenance they are backed with Epson warranties and on-site service.

SureColor F9200

When the Epson SureColor Fabric DS series was first released it represented a revolution: designed from the ground up for Dye Sublimation, it provided one of the first turn-key single-vendor production platforms. Today it continues to lead the way with predictable, consistent and superior image quality that is augmented with a range of models to suit different production requirements. The F9200 combines wide format output with low running costs, and efficient roll-to-roll operation. It suits production of clothing, soft signage, and printed fabrics. Prints are made on paper that is then transferred (sublimated) via a heat press onto material that contains a polyester base or has received polyester pre-treatment.

The SC-F9200 is designed to operate in conjunction with a calendar style heat press. It combines Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore print head technology with UltraChrome DS ink, a large Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS), 64″ wide print engine with media output heater, and high precision Auto Take-Up. Dual print heads enable high-resolution output with adjustable dot sizing, precise ink density and placement control at high speed. The ink supports a wide range of industry standard transfer media with output that is not only cost-effective but has predictable and precise colour. The engine, supply system and ATU all work together to facilitate continuous roll-to-roll printing at speeds up to 100.1m2/hr for an efficient production process.

SureColor F2000

The SureColor Fabric series represents a revolution in textile printing technology. Equipment has been designed from the ground up to ensure superior quality, performance, and reliability when imaging on cloth, garments, and merchandise. The F2000 is a Direct To Garment (DTG) printing platform for work involving cotton-based shirts, caps, bags, and promotional items. Prints can be made to pre-cut fabric or directly onto a finished garment with a heat press then used to ‘fix’ the dye. It enables production of customised and value-added goods with high impact and good wash/wear durability. Unique to the Epson solution, the printing platform and ink have been developed together. This integrated approach not only ensures exceptional image quality with reduced running costs, but also enhanced mechanical durability with a reduced maintenance burden. The system is quick to install, easy to operate and offers fast, flexible production for low volume applications.

The SC-F2000 uses Epson UltraChrome DG ink along with an advanced PrecisionCore print head. The ink provides a significantly enhanced colour range with high brightness, formulated for easy fixing with a flexible and durable finish. The head provides improved resolution and enhanced reliability with precise dot sizing and placement for smooth predictable colour with minimised bleed and ink consumption.


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