Similar to what is happening in the commercial market, digital devices for the textile arena allow for customization and cost-effective short runs, creating a wide range of marketing opportunities. But that is where the similarity with the commercial market ends. “There is a real opportunity...
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The ValueJet printers are also equipped with ValueJet Status Monitor (VSM), a smart phone application that is used to monitor the printer’s performance and status. The VSM, included with the printer purchase, lets operators monitor ink levels, heater temperatures, media status, and update their firmware remotely. “They can even be alerted to when a print job has started when it is paused and when it is complete, all without having to be standing in front of their printer,” notes Anderson.
The ValueJet 1624W can print up to 600 sqft/hr, and the dual staggered print heads on the ValueJet 1638W provide the production capability of 1,000 sqft/hr. The ValueJet 1628W’s dual print heads allow for up to 8 colors (CMYK x 2); both models offer an optional heavy-duty take-up to provide for additional production capability for long run jobs.
These ValueJets also models offer an easy to navigate control panel and advanced paper handling capability for seamless paper path printing onto a variety of different types of transfer paper, says Conrad.
Keeping All Your Options
Inkjet allows for direct to substrate prints that require none of the postprocess finishing that dye sub needs, explains Currier. With recent developments in coatings from the fabric manufacturers, color saturation and deep blacks can be achieved with very little difference in comparison to dye sub.
Durst also offers the P10 320R, a UV curable inkjet roll-to-roll printer with fabric handling capabilities, a resolution of up to 1,000 dpi and speeds up to 160 sq.m/hour. “While its not dye sublimation, the quality makes it a viable alternative for many fabric applications,” says Currier.
One of the benefits of using an HP Latex device, says Martin, is that it can output both traditional wide-format substrates, as well as textiles. HP has added features to its HP Latex printers to facilitate an easy transition into textile printing, he adds. These features include a 61-inch print width on the HP Designjet L26500 Printer, double-sided printing capabilities, a textile loading accessory, front tension for smooth quality, an ink collector on the HP Scitex LX850 Printer, edge holders and most recently, a platen cover.
“With HP Latex, transitioning from signage to temporary textiles does not require a retraining of the employee base, just a new focus for sales staff,” says Martin. “If employees know how to load a roll in the printer, hit the print button on the RIP and cut material as with traditional signage, then training is about 90 percent done.”
PSPs can use the same grommet maker for textiles as they do for PVC and signage as well as the same sewing machine for a professionally finished look. Specific to textiles, they will need to invest in a serger for reinforced edges, a hot knife for cutting, and sealing edges and pinking shears.
There are many digitally printable textiles available that are cut to sizes fitting an HP Latex printer, says Martin. These textiles include polyesters, poly-blends, natural fibers, natural blends and other synthetics. HP Latex Printing Technology can also print on coated as well as uncoated textiles.