Mimaki has launched a new 1.8-meter-wide digital printer, specifically designed to address the need in the textiles and apparel industries for cost-effective short run printing of textiles for products or samples.
The printer is suitable for a range of fabrics including bulky textured materials as well as sheer fabric and stretchy materials such as knits, announced Mimaki in a press release. It eliminates the need of steaming or washing when printing with the Mimaki TP400 textile pigment inks, thus reducing the space required for on-demand textile printing.
“As consumers increasingly turn to the Internet for their shopping needs, we believe they will want to regularly create custom designs and not rely solely on standard designs available in retail outlets,” says Mike Horsten, general manager marketing of Mimaki EMEA.
“In addition to the need to cost-effectively produce samples and small runs, enterprising garment makers will be looking for solutions that will help them meet this emerging consumer demand. And they will not want their fabric types to be as limited as they are with many digital textile printing solutions today. That’s exactly what the Mimaki Tx300P-1800B belt-type printer was designed to do. Furthermore, while offering a complete set of textile inks, the TP400 textile pigment ink allows customers to produce small runs in-house without the need of steaming or washing.”
The first machines were exhibited at Viscom Italia show.  Mimaki announced that the printer can operate at speeds of up to 50 square meters per hour, and can achieve print resolutions up to 1440 dpi.
“We believe this new printer is poised to bring significant transformation to the textile and apparel industry with its speed, quality and flexibility at an affordable price point,” Horsten added.