Mimaki introduced their new direct-to-textile inkjet printer at ITMA 2015 in Italy in November. The Mimaki TX300P-1800, is an innovative 1.8m roll-to-roll direct-to-textile inkjet printer, which was shown for the first time at the show.
“The TX300P-1800 is designed to meet the market demand for smaller lot sizes, faster delivery times and the ability to quickly produce samples,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “We are also mindful of the shift in textile production from both analogue to digital and from centralised to distributed production. We envision a day not too far in the future when consumers will be able to download or create their own patterns rather than being limited to commercially available designs. The TX300P-1800, which is available with a variety of ink types and produces very high quality, is ideal for this new distributed model of textile printing.”
Designed specifically for direct-to-textile printing, the TX300P-1800 eight-colour inkjet printer features a new printhead that ejects ink droplets at high speed to ensure accurate ink placement with a high head gap. This makes the printer ideal for printing high quality images on all types of fabrics, such as thicker and textured materials.
Other features of the TX300P-1800 include print resolution of up to 1,080dpi with drop sizes ranging from 6 to 24pl. Small droplets create beautiful high-resolution printing, and large droplets are useful for high-speed printing. Print speeds more than twice as fast as that of a conventional printer makes the TX300P capable of printing up to 68m²/hour. And based on Mimaki’s unique and reliable techniques developed over years of textile inkjet printer research and development, the TX300P has stable textile transport that maintains optimum tension, says the company.
It's available in the UK and Ireland from December 2015 through exclusive Mimaki distributor, Hybrid Services Ltd. Hybrid’s national sales manager, Textile and Apparel, Stephen Woodall said: “Mimaki’s expertise in the digital textile market is undisputed and the release of the new model confirms its ongoing commitment to the sector. The TX300P-1800 is set to be an exciting addition to Mimaki’s textile and apparel portfolio with such versatility of printing onto almost any type of natural or man-made fabric.”
The TX300P is compatible for use with sublimation dye, disperse dye, pigment, reactive dye, and acid dye inks to meet a wide range of application needs. Sublimation dye inks are available at commercial launch with other inks following soon. These 2L ink packs enable uninterrupted printing on longer runs, which are assisted by automatic detection and cleaning of clogged nozzles.
Mimaki offers the TX300P with a choice of digital front ends; Mimaki RasterLink 6 or TxLink3 Lite. The production of large, seamless patterns from a single image, including repeat and mirror patterns is possible, along with the simple creation of multi-colour ICC profiles using Mimaki’s unique profile wizard.