Posts Tagged ‘Fabric printing’

  • Epson DTG packs a punch in Padstow

    Hannah Nasari, Bowlilly (left) with Ryan Warby, Epson, and the new SureColor F2160 DTG printer.

    When boxing promoter and fashion designer Hannah Nasari decided to launch her own kids’ clothing line, she needed a direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that could translate her ideas into reality – and Epson’s latest machine proved just the thing.

    Nasari is set to launch her label, Bowlilly, at the end of the year, with kids’ sizes from three to seven. “The whole brand is a beautiful bohemian luxe range,” she said. “I’ve got a line coming up of kids’ T-shirts, and hopefully some mummy-and-kid shirts as well.”

    To support her new business, based in Padstow in Sydney’s southwest, Nasari purchased Epson’s latest garment printer: the SureColor F2160, one of the first of its model to arrive in Australia. “I’m looking forward to using the new machine. It can print within a timeframe of just three to five minutes, so the productivity is amazing,” she said. “I had to print out some shirts for a gala and market day last weekend, and I was able to produce at least 25 to 30 T-shirts within the hour. It was fantastic, and the quality was wonderful. I’m happy to have the machine behind my brand.”

    Hannah also gave Epson’s Garment Creator software her seal of approval for utility and ease of use. “I can design my print on Illustrator and transfer it into the software, and it gives me an accurate estimate of cost. It’s very helpful and very useful.”

    The second-generation SureColor F2160 is a follow-up to Epson’s previous model, the F2000, which according to Ryan Warby, business development manager for professional print solutions at Epson, was a very successful machine. “It changed the industry quite a bit with its low maintenance and its reliability,” he said. “We’re improving on that with the F2160, adding a cleaning cartridge, adjusting speeds and resolutions, and putting in variable-dot printing. It’s a good step up from the F2000.”

    The addition of variable-dot printing is a significant improvement from the F2000’s single dot size. “We can print small, medium and large dots, which gives us better gradients and higher resolution without sacrificing speed – in fact, it speeds it up for us,” said Warby. “It also allows us to be more economical with the printing, as it uses less ink.”

    Warby is very happy to work with Bowlilly, and looks forward to continuing to explore the fabric printing market. “Hannah’s doing some great work, and the quality that comes out is fantastic,” he said. “It’s been exciting for us being in this textile space – the textile market has been analogue for a very long time, and is now moving towards digital. We’re seeing that not only in DTG, but in the dye sublimation side of the business as well.”

  • Ricoh launches new DTG printer range

    Ricoh ri 100 printer with Ricoh Rh finisher option.

    Ricoh Australia says its new range of Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printers will enable users to rapidly produce high-quality applications on a variety of fabrics.

    “We continue to invest in the industrial print market’: Simon Lane, Ricoh Australia.

    “These new DTG printers enable printers to meet the needs of customers by delivering the high-quality output that comes as a result of the combination of Ricoh innovation and engineering,” says Simon Lane, country manager, commercial & industrial printing solutions, Ricoh Australia. “As businesses of all sizes grapple with the impact of digital disruption, we continue to invest in the industrial print market and make it easier for our customers to grow, improve, modernise and advance their businesses.”

     The Ri 100 entry-level all-in-one printer combines high-quality output at an affordable price and is designed for those with low-volume printing needs such as schools, small businesses, sports clubs and charity or promotional organisations. The DTG devices allow a business to produce on-demand promotional and personalised items such as light coloured T-shirts, cloth bags and sweatshirts on a wide range of blended materials with 50 per cent cotton or more.

    The Ri 100 incorporates Ricoh piezo-electric inkjet technology to deliver high-quality prints. The integrated variable drop size technology enables printing of detailed designs and photographs with smooth gradations at 1200 x 1200 dpi resolution.

    The new Ricoh DTG range also includes the Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 printers, designed to meet the needs of established garment-printing businesses. Both can print a wide range of materials from 100 per cent cotton and 100 per cent light polyester to mixed cotton fabrics with up to 50/50 blends.

    Both units incorporate Ricoh’s piezo-electric printhead technology and include maintenance features such as an automatic ink circulation system for white channels that improves ink flow and increases performance. Print workflows are managed with a 18cm, touch-enabled operation panel. Ricoh’s closed-loop delivery system also reduces ink waste.

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