Epson has announced a new 24ins dye sublimation printer, the SureColor SC-F500, which is essentially a smaller version of the 44ins wide F6300 announced at the beginning of this month.
It’s aimed at the short run, sampling and objects market that Epson had originally targeted with the F6000-series. However, Epson discovered that many customers simply grouped the bigger machines to set up production print farms, which in turn led to the introduction of the F6300 and its new take up roll.
So this new F500 is an even smaller and cheaper machined targeted specifically at smaller promotional houses, photo labs, clothing producers and copy shops looking for short run and on-demand printing. It’s the first Epson dye sub with Wi-Fi connectivity and also features a 4.3ins touch screen and automatic switching between cut sheets and roll media as well as Epson’s LFP Accounting Tool to help users calculate print costs. The inks are supplied in 140ml bottles that can be refilled.
Neil Greenhalgh, product manager, Epson Europe, says: “We’re excited to offer this dye-sublimation printer that’s set to open up new opportunities for many small businesses. This is our first 24-inch printer in our dye sublimation range. What’s most rewarding for us is to see just how many applications that are supported by the SC-F500 – the range of gifts and promotional items that can be produced is truly impressive. We’re also confident that the suite of new and enhanced features we’ve introduced, including the refillable ink solution, will help keep businesses running for longer, with little user intervention needed. That has to be a benefit to ambitious small business owners looking to steal a competitive advantage, without having to have specialist staff.”
It should be available from October. In the meantime you can find more information on Epson’s dye sublimation wide format printers here.