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Mimaki has launched a new mid-range, 1.8m-wide dye-sublimation printer at Fespa targeted at users looking for low-cost production of high-value applications.

The TS300P-1800 is available in four- or six-colour configurations, offering a top speed in one-pass draft mode of 115m2/hr CMYK or 38m2/hr in four pass standard mode. Speeds in the equivalent six-colour modes are 65m2/hr (two-pass) and 20m2/hr (eight-pass).

The TS300P-1800 sits between the TS500 flagship sublimation printer and the TS34 in Mimaki’s portfolio.

“One of the big advantages over the TS34 is you can fire at a higher head gap with excellent precision and so avoid any problems with wet cockling, which can be a big issue in dye-sub when you’re printing on thin transfer papers,” said Mimaki Europe general marketing manager EMEA Mike Horsten. According to Horsten, the TS300 is perfectly suited to multi-machine industrial users wanting to run multiple printers from one RIP as well as entry-level users already in vinyl production looking to take their first steps into “professional” textile.

It runs the new Sb410 inkset, which Horsten said “will be at a very attractive price point”, designed to go head-to-head with third-party inks, but at the highest quality. The ink is available in two-litre packs, for unattended operation, which can be also changed on the fly.

The TS300 is available for immediate order, with shipping expected to begin in mid-July. Pricing is around $27,207.  As well as a wide-range of established print engines, other new kit on the firm’s Fespa stand will include the recently launched A2-format CFL-605RT low cost flatbed cutter.