Complete textile printing solution from Mimaki

bb160919-mimaki-3200dsMimaki launched its Tx500P-3200DS, a 3.2m wide direct sublimation printer. This new printer significantly shortens production time because of the simultaneous performance of printing and colour fixation. Two steps become only the one. With printing speeds of up to 130m2/hour the Tx500P-3200DS is not only ideal for the production of samples, but also for bigger productions with a quick turnaround.

“There is a growing demand for soft signage due to its economic and environmental benefits,” said Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “At the same time, the textile industry is shifting increased volumes from analog to digital printing in order to meet market demand for the growing number of small lot orders and shortened cycle times. The new Tx500P-3200DS was designed specifically to meet these requirements in both segments, as well as the growing demand for digitally printed textiles in home décor, with its requirement for extra-wide fabrics to draperies, linens and upholstery. We are also seeing an increase in custom orders via the Internet that can more easily be fulfilled leveraging the productivity benefits of this printer.”

The details
The Tx500P-3200DS is uniquely suited for a wide array of textile printing, including soft signage, customised apparel, and fabrics for home décor and furnishings. It delivers:

  • Print speeds at up to 130 m2/hour with 4-colour printing and up to 105 m2/hour with 6 colours.
  • Unmatched print quality with resolution up to 720 x 1080 dpi using 12 print heads in a staggered 3-line array.
  • Stable quality enabled to its pulling roller that maintains appropriate pressure during printing onto rolled textiles with widths up to 3,2 meters and weight up to 130 kg.
  • Worry-free uninterrupted print operation with automatic detection and cleaning of clogged nozzles, substituting good nozzles for printing during this process. This allows constant printing and reduces waste due to defective nozzles.
  • What is truly unique about this printer,” Horsten added, “is the combination of printing and heat fixation in a single pass. Direct sublimation transfer printing requires the fixing of printed inks through heating. In a typical operation, these processes are performed separately, adding time and touches to textile printing. When operations are dealing with very small lots, samples or longer runs with tight delivery schedules, every minute counts. Our goal in bringing this unique configuration to market was to deliver a printer that was more efficient than anything else on the market, and this new printer meets that need.”


Rob van den Braak

Printer’s devil (1964), phototypesetter, offsetprinter, teacher of graphic techniques, salesmanager, productmanager, trade journalist, founder of BlokBoek e-zine (2011). But above all husband, father, friend and lover of life in southern Spain (since 2010).

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