Mutoh has said that it will be demonstrating three new printers at the upcoming Fespa show in Cologne. This will include a new 1.6m wide solvent printer, the ValueJet 1628X. This is an entry-level printer with eight channels for white and metallic inks as well as CMYK. It appears to be based around the 1638X, announced last year and uses the same Eco Ultra inks.
There’s also a 1.9m wide dye sub printer, the ValueJet 1938WX, capable of both printing direct to textiles and to transfer media. Essentially, it’s a wider version of the 1638WX that was shown at last year’s Fespa show. It’s designed for production environments and boasts two piezo drop-on-demand print heads mounted in a staggered configuration. It’s mainly targeted at the home furnishings market as well as garments and soft signage.
The third of these new printers is the ValueJet 405GT, Mutoh’s first ever desktop direct-to-garment printer, which looks like a direct competitor to Epson’s F2000 t-shirt printer. It’s going for the same market – small items such as t-shirts, caps and canvas bags.
It uses CMYK plus white and Mutoh claims that its water based pigment direct textile inks will be suitable for high cotton blends and 100% cotton garments. It can be fitted with different sizes of interchangeable print platens.