Epson has updated its desktop textile printer, replacing the older SureColor F2000 with a new faster F2100 that should also be cheaper to run.
This printer offers a relatively cost-effective way to get into digital direct to garment printing. It can print on to fabric up to 25mm and handle a fairly wide range of products for its size, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts and tote bags, and can be used for offering short run production, promotional items or even just for producing in-house branded workwear.
There are new fast print modes and improved ink circulation for quicker start-up and the new model also gains improved screening for smoother reproduction of images and a wider gamut than the previous model. Epson has also improved the control panel with additional functions and to display more information.
There’s also an auto-maintenance mode with a separate cleaning cartridge as well as a dust catcher to prevent fluff and dust on the printhead, which should help to reduce maintenance time and extend the life of the printhead.
Naturally Epson is behind the PrecisionCore TFP printhead and ink as well as the Garment Creator software, which allows users to add text and multiple images as well as setting up hot folders. It uses 5-colour (CMYKW) UltraChrome DG inks supplied in 600ml cartridges. These inks also include the Eco passport sustainability certification from Oeko-Tex.
It comes with an optional fabric platen grip pad and platen grip tool to make garment placement easier and there are also spacers for more accurate platen gap adjustment.
Phil McMullin, sales manager for Epson UK, says: “Our first direct-to-garment printer was a great success, so following it up was always going to be a challenge. With the SC-F2100, however, we’ve managed to improve in every area – it’s faster, higher quality and more versatile, with software that makes it easy for you to create your own unique designs. And all of that is backed up with quicker, easier maintenance and a lower targeted TCO.”
It will be commercially available from March.