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A Guide to Garment Inkjet Printers

(February 2010) posted on Mon Jan 25, 2010

The garment-inkjet landscape is changing. Use this source list to keep up with the latest systems on the market.


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By Ben P. Rosenfield

DTG Digital Garment Printers
DTG offers four solutions for digital garment decoration, all of which now feature the company’s WIMS, a white-ink-management system that constantly circulates and filters white ink. The Kiosk II is a seven-color (CMYK + 3 x White) printer that supports a maximum image area of 20.8 x 12 in. (528 x 305 mm) and imaging resolutions from 360-2880 dpi. The HM1 is an eight-color printer (CMYK + 4 x White) that supports a maximum image area of 21.2 x 12 in. (538.5 x 305 mm) and imaging resolutions from 720-2880 dpi. The HM-1 features auto reflush cleaning cycles, built-in bulk ink system, fan-forced ink extraction, and Head Moving Technology for enhanced registration accuracy.

The K3 Raptor (pictured) offers a 13-in.-wide (330-mm) print area and can print images up to 32 in. (813 mm) long. It features a micro-servomotor-driven conveyor system and uni- or bi-directional printing. The Raptor supports imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi, a 16-in.-wide (406-mm) print area, and image length up to 45 in. (1143 mm). It features a micro-servomotor-driven conveyor system and uni- or bi-directional printing. The Raptor supports imaging resolutions up to 2880 dpi. It includes a four-in-one configurable platen that can be set up as one oversized platen, two adult platens, or four youth platens.



Durafos
The Durager 650-TP from Durafos is a seven-color (CMY + Red + Blue + 2 x Black) printer that supports a maximum print size of 12.95 x 20.5 in. (329 x 520 mm), imaging resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 dpi, and a maximum media height of 5.9 in. (150 mm). Durafos says its Durager 650-TP can print an image at A3 size (11.7 × 16.5 in. or 297 × 420 mm) in less than two minutes at 1440 dpi and notes that no garment pretreatment is necessary. The device can print directly from CorelDRAW, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator.

Kornit Digital
Kornit’s new Breeze 921 (pictured) is billed as an entry-level printer that’s engineered to provide affordable operation and high-quality performance. It can print on light and dark garments and is equipped with an automatic pre-treatment system. The Breeze uses six Spectra printheads (CMYK + White), Kornit’s pigmented ink, and the Kornit QuickP RIP. Standard print size is 14 x 18 in. (356 x 457 mm), and the Breeze supports imaging resolutions up to 600 x 1200 dpi.


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