Dave Roper

Full-size images in under a minute from M&R

The M-Link

“M-Link X’s speed and image quality makes it superior to printers costing three times as much,” says M&R. “It prints full-size images on white shirts in 30 to 45 seconds and dark shirts in less than a minute. Its phenomenal image quality results from high-speed industrial printheads, M&R’s i-Color RIP Software and DuPont Artistri Brite inks.”

M&R reveals that the most popular print modes are single-pass for printing on white, colour and black, as well as a single-pass highlight mode. White One-Pass mode prints CYMK with no underbase on whites and lights with no white in the design. Color One-Pass mode prints a graduated white underbase and CMYK on light shirts. Black or Dark One-Pass mode prints a graduated white underbase and CMY on black shirts, using the black background instead of printing K. Highlight mode prints CMYK and a white highlight on light shirts with light pretreatment.

i-Color RIP recognises black and near-black tonal ranges in digital artwork, using that information to prevent the printheads from laying down white underbase and black ink on black areas of the shirt, saving ink and increasing print speed. It also results in printed garments that are softer, more breathable, and much closer to water-based screen printing, says M&R.


Roland DG

The Texart XT-640 sublimation transfer printer

The Texart XT-640’s ink system

“The last decade has seen a huge advancement in the digital textile print industry, with developments in sublimation, direct-to-textile, direct-to-garment and digital transfer systems giving textile professionals access to new, exciting and profitable ventures,” comments Roland DG.

To complement the upsurge in popularity of sublimated textiles, Roland DG recently launched its pro dye-sublimation transfer printer, the Texart XT-640, calling it its “most productive and reliable dye-sublimation transfer printer to date, complementing its younger sister, the Texart RT-640”.

The XT-640 boasts a combination of dual printheads in a staggered formation for increased print speeds up to 63m2/hr, a rugged construction for demanding production requirements, fast set-up times and fixed low costs, meaning, says Roland DG, “the commercial opportunities are endless”. The accompanying Texart Inks offer a wide colour gamut and are available in CMYKLcLm Orange and Violet to enable graphic professionals, interior and fashion designers to create applications with bold and vivid colours and intense rich blacks.

The Texart CS-64 is a great finishing partner for a wide range of textile print applications. The professional heat transfer system offers a fast heating time – from room temperature to 200°C in under 30 minutes – and has been built to meet the production demands of the busiest textile printing business while still appealing to both seasoned professionals and companies new to the dye sublimation process, says the company.


Hybrid Services

The high speed Mimaki TS300P-1800

The TS300P-1800 is ideal for creating bespoke sportswear

According to Hybrid Services, the exclusive Mimaki UK and Ireland distributors, “Mimaki has long been a frontrunner in the textile printing sector, and its TS300P-1800 sublimation transfer printer offers a super-fast and high quality option for printing teamwear, corporatewear and fast fashion to the apparel industry.”

Hybrid’s national sales manager for textile and apparel, Stephen Woodall, explains the benefits of the high-speed printer: ”The TS300P-1800 sublimation printer is a great demonstration of our experience and understanding of what our customers are looking for. Localised production requires fast turnaround from design to print and production then onto the shelves, and the TS300P’s capacity for high-productivity, coupled with enviable print quality, makes it an ideal choice.”

Mimaki’s Sb410 high performance, dye-sublimation transfer ink is designed to deliver competitively priced output, which includes options for fluorescent pink and yellow to add value and vibrancy to bespoke sportswear, while enhancing the visibility of sports garments for outdoor activities.



New neon toner printer

TheMagicTouch’s stand at Fespa Digital 2016

TheMagicTouch introduced a new Neon Toner printer at Fespa Digital in March that can be used for a number of product applications. The printer with its separate neon toners is fully supported by Oki and can be used with TheMagicTouch’s new T.One transfer paper, and for all garments and non-textile applications including mugs and PU surfaces. “This innovation reaffirms TheMagicTouch as probably the best value, no risk option in what is becoming a very complex marketplace,” says Jim Nicol, managing director of TheMagicTouch.

Also launched at Fespa Digital was the brand’s weedless, one-step T.One transfer paper and a range of new foils as well as the introduction of an ‘easy-to-weed’ feature to the existing white 123Flex. For more information on these new products turn to the Fespa Digital review in this issue.