Epson recently launched its new fabric printers in the Philippines, targeting the local fashion industry and textile printing industry.
The new Epson F-series fabric printers, which include the SureColor F7170 and SC-F2000, are designed for extreme reliability for true industrial-level production.
Epson SureColor F7170 is the company’s latest dye-sublimation printer designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market and integrates true roll-to-roll support for performance, reliability, and image quality for printing on fabrics and soft signage.
It features a highly accurate take-up reel and substrate system to deliver winding accuracy between 0 and 0.19″ on transfer paper rolls for digital textile applications, including soft-signage products such as decorative table tops and runners, as well as point-of-purchase (POP) banners and exhibit displays.
Other roll-to-roll fabric applications that customers can create with the SureColor F7170 include home furnishings, fabric patterns, apparel manufacturing and more.
The Epson SureColor F7170 features Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP print head, and uses Epson’s UltraChrome DS ink system to provide high-quality printing, superior dot control, precise and repeatable performance, and excellent longevity for a range of dye-sublimation applications.
Built for increased productivity, the SureColor F7170 also features a high-capacity ink tank system with refillable tanks to allow continuous printing through a full roll of media, as well as a new post-platen heater for faster drying times.
“We are excited to bring the F7170 into the hands of digital textile producers, so they can increase productivity, minimize downtime and maximize profitability, and look forward to the new applications and innovative designs enabled by the technology,” explained Epson Philippines Commercial and Industrial Division Head Jino Alvarez.
“For Filipino designers we have collaborated with, the SureColor F7170 allowed them to produce full color images without having to compromise image quality by cutting colors.”
Another new fabric printer from Epson is the Epson SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer. Engineered to meet the needs of garment printing businesses, the SC-F2000 can print a t-shirt in just 27 seconds, because of its PrecisionCore TFP printhead.
PrecisionCore is thin film piezo printhead technology that merges advances in materials science and MEMS fabrication with Epson’s deep portfolio of inkjet technologies. With the flexibility to deliver high-speed solutions for commercial, industrial, and office printing, the F2000 is capable of very high-production, with very little downtime for maintenance, ensuring that production lines will always be up.
The technology within the Epson F2000 is designed to draw out the best of all components. The printer uses Epson UltraChrome DG Ink — a water-based pigment CMYK ink manufactured to deliver precise, repeatable performance, and superior image quality. Epson’s UltraChrome DG ink works with the PrecisionCore printhead to deliver the ultimate in print quality with an extremely high resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi.
To showcase the new fabric printers, Epson Philippines collaborated with some of the brightest Filipino designers in a fashion show entitled “Fashion Forward.” Creations by Philippine fashion brands including Avel Bacudio, Conspicuous Swimwear, Ziya, and Empire used Epson’s latest direct-to-garment and dye sublimation printers to create custom fabrics straight from their artistic vision to the fabric itself.
“Super happy ako kasi kung ano yung print na pinagawa ko sa artist, yun ang lumabas (I am elated with how faithfully my design is rendered. What I asked the artist to do is exactly what came out of the printer). I am so excited to see the clothes on the runway,” remarked Asia’s Most Influential Designer of 2014, Avel Bacudio. Avel leads the roster of prominent Filipino designers featured in the fashion show.