Mimaki USA, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, today introduced the TS30-1300 dye sublimation printer for light production environments. This 54-inch wide, roll-based model is a dedicated dye sublimation transfer paper printer ideal for first-time users or design shops producing short-run pieces, samples and custom work for transfer to textiles or hard surfaces. It will be on display at various worldwide expositions including in the Mimaki USA booth 1770 at the upcoming International Sign Expo, April 21-23, in Orlando.
The TS30 printer is an entry-level model best suited to just-as-needed production of apparel prototypes and custom goods. The printer is purpose built for easy operation with features and functionality specifically for sublimation transfer printing.
According to a whitepaper published in 2015 by the International Sign Association based on a study conducted by InfoTrends, “…placements of digital textile printing systems are growing on a global scale …” and “Mass customization is driving the growth of digital printing …” particularly in soft signage applications. The TS30 printer supports these growth trends, providing textile design studios and manufacturers the ability to more quickly create new designs, and gives sign shops and those in the visual communications industry the ability to produce custom, textile-based graphics such as soft signage for exhibits.
“The TS30 printer supports the signage and exhibit industries growing demand for textile, delivering lightweight, easily rolled and packaged products that are more durable than many hard surface applications,” said Tommy Martin, Textiles and Apparel Product Manager for Mimaki USA. “Exhibits of all sizes are a good opportunity for soft signage, from short-term – like trade shows — to mid-term, such as art shows. Likewise, soft signage is attractive for retailers and brand managers because it can be used to produce windsails, dancers and other attention grabbing applications that are also easy to handle and less expensive to ship.”
• Easy-to-operate entry-level model. The TS30 printer features a selected set of functions designed for ease-of-use, even for novice users. The printer is bundled with Mimaki RasterLink6 RIP software, for a quick start to production immediately after installation.
• High quality printing. The TS30 printer utilizes variable dot imaging along with Mimaki Advanced Pass System (MAPS) that applies ink in gradations over several passes using a blending mask pattern. This unique imaging technology reduces banding and uneven color printing.
• Just-as-needed production. This 54-inch model gives designers and print shops the ability to produce only what’s necessary without the need to subcontract, enabling them to maintain control of the quality and timeline throughout the printing-transfer-finishing process – as well as the entire revenue stream. It can achieve print speeds of up to 211 square feet (19.6 square meters) per hour in four-color mode.
• Economical dye sublimation ink and continuous printing. The TS30 printer uses economical Mimaki Sb54 dye sublimation inks that produce vibrant colors on polyester material. The printer can be configured to run dual-CMYK inks or in six-color mode with the addition of Light Blue and Light Magenta. Mimaki’s Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) automatically switches to a full 440ml ink cartridge when one cartridge is empty (in four-color mode). An optional 2-liter bulk ink system is available.
The Mimaki TS30-1300 dye sublimation printer will be available for order in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in May 2016.