HP has launched a portfolio of digital textile printers that “deliver fast, precise colour matching alongside efficient, simplified processes.”
“Décor and fashion application trends, on demand production and personalisation are boosting digital print growth,” says Santi Morera, head of graphics solutions business. “The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformation with the arrival of the HP Stitch S series.”
The printers couple HP Thermal Inkjet technology with industry standard dyes for superior colour durability while the first built-in spectrophotometer enables fast and exact colour matching. The series includes the HP Stitch S300 64-in, HP Stitch S500 64-in and HP Stitch S1000 126-in printers. The HP Stitch S300 printer holds the “first user-replaceable printhead”, resulting in reduced down times and service costs. It was designed specifically for new-to-dye sublimation professionals, prototyping departments and growing print providers.
“Our experience with HP Stitch S300 has been much easier and faster than other dye sub printers we’ve used;” says Teunis Roos, Colour Concepts. “With its automated performance, we’ve experienced a 50% reduction in time.”
Designed for high production sites, the S500 enables predictable dye sublimation colour and less media waste. With symmetrical 2xCMYK printhead configuration and Optical Media Advance Sensor, it allows for saturated and reliable one pass mode for true top speed. HP has launched a set of dye sublimation papers, designed and tested as a system with HP dye sublimation inks and the HP Stitch S Printer series to achieve excellent image quality and colour consistency.