Epson launches desktop dye sub

Epson has announced a small desktop entry level dye sublimation printer, the SureColor SC-F100, which prints to sublimation transfer paper.

Epson’s SureColor F100 is an A4-sized dye sublimation printer for decorating objects.

It has a maximum print width of A4 or 210mm and can print an A4 page in 65 seconds. It uses a single Epson PrecisionCore printhead with four channels for CMYK. Resolution is 600 x 1200 dpi. The inkset is Epson’s UltraChrome DS, which is supplied in 140ml bottles so that the ink tanks can be refilled easily.

It’s tempting to see this printer as a cut down version of the 60cm wide SureColor F500 but the F100 is a lot smaller so whereas the F500 is aimed at the entry level fashion and sports apparel market, this new printer is really designed for producing promotional and personalised goods such as mugs, key fobs, phone covers and other small items. It’s not really meant to be a textile printer as its too small for a full sized shirt but could be used for some small items such as hats, pockets or tote bags.

It comes at a radical price point of just £349 versus £2,154 for the F500, meaning that not only is it suitable for entry level users looking to experiment with this market, but that there’s also room for growth simply by buying additional printers and farming them together. However, users should bear in mind that they will also need to factor in the cost of a heat press – typically at least another £400 for a basic model – slightly more if you want to be able to decorate a wide range products. And, of course, some customers should consider investing in a more productive heat press if they ultimately intend to run more than one of these printers or to expand into a larger printer.

It should be available from January 2021 and costs £349 or €399. The inks are priced at £20.99 or €20.99 each. You can find more details on Epson’s dye sublimation printers from epson.co.uk though the F100 is not listed yet. 


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