Mimaki announces TS100 textile printer

Mimaki has announced a new entry-level textile sublimation wide format printer, the TS100-1600, as well as updating its existing Tiger 1800B with two new mark 3 models.

Mimaki’s new sublimation TS100-1600 is another in the 100 series of 1.6m wide rollfed printers.

The TS100 is the latest addition to Mimaki’s 100 series, which are all based around a common platform using the same printheads in order to cut the development costs. Mimaki says that the price will vary per region but that it should be under €9000, which is quite astonishing. It’s already available in the Japanese market, where I believe its priced at ¥890,000. 

Mimaki won’t say which printheads its using, other than that there are two heads, arranged in a staggered configuration, with resolution ranging from 360 to 900 dpi. The 100 series also includes the JV100 and UJV100, plus there is the 3DUJ-2207 3D printer, which is not a wide format machine but does use the same heads.

It’s a 1.6m wide roll fed machine, designed to print to transfer paper. It can produce up to 70 sqm/hr in SuperDraft mode of 360 x 600 dpi with two passes; or 19 sqm/hr in High Quality mode at 720 x 900 dpi with eight passes. However, the same resolution with six passes can deliver 25 sqm/hr and many users may find that 360 x 900 dpi with four passes is sufficient, leading to a realistic 36sqm/hr. This makes it roughly twice as fast as the existing 1.3m wide TS30.

It uses Mimaki’s SB610 ink, with blue, magenta, yellow and black. It takes 1-litre ink bottles that Mimaki says should help customers achieve savings over the old 440cc cartridges. 

It has all the usual Mimaki features, including the new Dot Adjustment System, which was first introduced with the other 100 series printers. Thisfinetunes the relationship between the dot positioning and the media feed system to ensure that all the drops of ink land in the right place.There’s also the ability to check for and replace failed nozzles, and the MAPS4 feature, which uses variations in gradation in multiple passes to reduce the effects of banding, uneven colours and streaking.

There are two RIPs available, TxLink4 and the newer RasterLink 7. Mimaki says that its suitable for most textile applications, including sports and fashion garments, as well as flags and interior décor fabrics.

As well as the TS100, Mimaki has also upgraded its industrial textile printer, the Tiger 1800B, with a new Mark III launch. This machine is sold in two versions, one for printing direct to textile and the other for printing to sublimation transfer papers. Both are fundamentally the same machine though the sublimation version has only eight printheads as against 16 heads in the direct model. 

The Mark III printers gain a new touchscreen with associated software, called the Mimaki printer controller. This appears to be the only new feature and is designed to improve the overall operability of the machine. 

The Tigers can be used with Mimaki’s TXLink4 RIP, which can RIP one set of data whilst simultaneously printing another. It’s also been upgraded from 8-bit to 16-bit rendering for smoother gradations. The MkIII versions also gain a 10GB Ethernet controller for faster data transfers. However, the basic specifications remain the same with maximum output of 385 sqm/hr.

It is worth noting that Mimaki also sells an additional textile printer to the Japanese and Asian markets, the MM700, which is actually build by Miyakoshi. This is an older machine, having first been launched back in 2016 but is capable of much higher speeds – up to 800 sqm/hr.

All of these printers should be available worldwide from February 2021. You can find more details from mimaki.com.

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