The new XTend! software from Lüscher Technologies is designed to address the demand for reproduction of increasingly finer details in technical screen printing. The software, designed for use with the company’s MultiDX! Laser exposure line of exposure systems (which includes CTS systems for flat and rotary screens), automatically detects the finest lines and smallest letters or patterns in an image, reportedly increasing the exposure range of the emulsion.
M&R’s new i-Image S computer-to-screen imaging system is designed for small- to medium-sized print shops. The system images up to 100 screens per shift onto frames up to 26 x 36 in. (with a max. image size of 20 x 26 in.). Included is a computer, monitor, and software platform with customizable print parameters. Each screen is preregistered for use with M&R’s Tri-Loc registration system, with the company’s Tri-Sync feature ensuring that the screen is properly positioned prior to imaging.
International Coatings’ Guardian Gray 7043 is designed for use as a dye migration-blocking underbase on polyester and performance fabrics. The company reports the ink offers a wide curing range of 275 to 320 F, providing compatibility with a variety of substrates and ink systems for overprinting; it prints through screen mesh from 86 to 160 threads/in.
Workhorse Products has added the Powerhouse 2608 quartz conveyor dryer, featuring a 26-in. belt and medium-wave IR elements for faster heating. The Powerhouse also includes Flash Phase, a feature that raises garment and ink temperatures quickly in the first heat zone; the remaining heat zone is controlled by a digital temperature controller.
Mimaki has introduced the TX300P-1800 roll-to-roll printer. The direct-to-textile machine measures 75 in. wide and is compatible with five different types of textile inks for imaging on a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics. Applications include samples, one-offs, custom fashion, runway designs, and quick-response orders.
The 3D printer is much more than a toy for hobbyists. This technology has enabled the development of creative products with real value and has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing. The basic benefits of additive manufacturing, where 3D parts are deposited layer by layer in a precise pattern, lie in the ability to quickly change the physical design of an object by editing a software file, while avoiding the material waste inherent in subtractive processes like machining and metal electroplating.
Vastex International has introduced a new screen washout booth available in two different widths. Each measuring 21 in. deep, the models are offered at 36 or 51 in. wide. Features include translucent acrylic back panels – designed for the addition of backlighting for thorough screen inspection, screen stand-offs that hold screens in place during washdown, and 3-in.-wide squeegee shelves.
A vacuum tool for removing excess water is optional.
Roland has expanded its TrueVis line of wide-format eco-solvent printer/cutters. Offered in 30- and 54-in. models, the machines feature FlexFire printheads, a rigid design for minimal vibrations, and a grit roller for non-skew media handling.
Cutting speed reaches 11.8 in./sec while max. print speed is 101 sq ft/hr; Roland reports production is up to 60% faster than its previous models. The company’s 4-color TrueVis inks are available in 500-mL reusable cartridges. Max. resolution is 900 dpi.
Ryonet is now offering Riley Hopkins Rotator Flash Pallets, a pair of 16 x 16-in. steel platens that attach to a Hopkins flash curing unit, enabling it to be converted into a garment curing solution for mobile operations and small-space shops. The platens attach to the main pole of the flash-curing unit and fold down when not in use. Their lightweight steel design deflects heat from the garment for curing plastisol and water-based inks.
ITI has launched the TX3200 textile printer, a 126-in. model engineered to print directly to fabric and to dye-sublimation transfer paper. An internal vacuum mechanism holds down thin materials, like transfer paper, to prevent wrinkling, while an ink collection gutter assembly handles polyester and mesh textiles. In addition, the ink has been formulated with properties similar to disperse dyes for direct printing and dye-sub ink for transfer paper printing to enable both applications to be done from the same machine.