Big Picture - May 2017 - 26
DIALING IN ON
sing heat to transfer dye
onto paper: the most commonly used description of
dye sublimation printing.
But this technology's unique chemistry is
capable of much more than that, producing vibrant images on yes, paper, but also
plastic, fabric, aluminum, ceramic, wood,
glass, metal, brass, acrylic, and more.
International Data Corporation, a global provider of
market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the
information technology, telecommunications, and consumer
technology markets, expects the large-format dye sublimation
inkjet ink market to almost double in the coming years, from
more than $190 million to more than $320 million by 2021.
Will your shop be part of the market increase? Are you
considering clients in the fast fashion or apparel industry? Dye
sub allows for higher volumes of digital textile printing, driving
an increasing interest in textiles and garments, like personalized
T-shirts and baseball hats. What about short-run printing for the
sports industry? Shops are using dye sub to print one-of-a-kind
snowboards, skateboards, and more. And are you considering
the interior décor market, with options ranging from ceramic
tiles for the kitchen to couch cushions for the living room?
The forecasted numbers, the machines' visual output, and
the plethora of application opportunities can't be ignored. Are
you paying attention? Hopefully so. Here we share with you
five of the newest dye sub printers on the wide-format market
you should consider:
AGFA GRAPHICS | agfagraphics.us
Agfa Graphics has launched the Avinci DX3200 dye sublimation
printer. The 126-in. machine features 6 colors (CMYKcm) with a
resolution up to 1440 x 540 dpi. Speeds reach up to 1862 sq ft/hr
for applications including banners, P-O-P displays, indoor wall
graphics, outdoor advertising, tradeshow displays, and flags.
The media transport system is designed specifically for textiles.
The printer is equipped with the company's Asanti workflow
platform featuring production automation, color management,
preflighting, templates, integration with the company's
Storefront web-to-print platform, automated tiling, and more.
INKJET TECHNOLOGY, INC. | inkjettechnology.net
Inkjet Technology, Inc. has added a high-speed model of its
126-in. TX3200 textile printer. The new TXK version is
configured with two or four Kyocera KJ4B printheads for
speeds up to 2195 sq ft/hr; its sister machine features Ricoh
Gen5 heads for speeds up to 1300 sq ft/hr.
The Kyocera model also offers a rear media handling
system for transfer paper or direct-to-fabric media. The
company's ink is specially formulated to print on either type of
media without changing inks. Additional features include an
internal vacuum system and an ink collection gutter.
An internal bottom-mounted heater is available for