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The Epson SureColor SC-F2260 Series direct-to-garment inkjet print system has won a Good Design Award, the awards given for products that benefit and enrich people's lives and society in general.

Good Design Award: Epson DTG SC-2260
Good Design Award: Epson DTG SC-2260

These garment printers can directly print onto t-shirts and other clothes. Epson says the compact design of these printers makes them easier to install, expand and transport.

Epson has also changed the design of the operating unit, which contributes to reduced downtime and improved productivity. Epson hopes that the product helps contribute to the digitalisation of the textile printing industry.

Epson revamped the design of its previous garment printer in response to feedback from its users. They reduced the depth of the unit and made installation space more compact. The SC-F2260 is now the standard model in the garment printer series.

The judges said that the “high performance and roundness give a sense of intelligence combined with the beautifully arranged details to produce an attractive appearance”. They said that as the controls, movable parts, and top transparent cover are uniformly black on a white-tone background, “this fully expresses a brand identity rooted in usability and gives the impression of reliability and advanced technology over the entire series. In addition, we also appreciated that the software is provided with well-organised graphics that are easy to use, with no PC knowledge required”.

According to Epson, the SC-F2260, the third generation of the printer, combines a “proven” production platform with upgraded componentry, enhanced ergonomics and new ink. The printer incorporates a 33 per cent larger PrecisionCore printhead for faster performance. It ships with upgraded Garment Creator 2 software that offers additional user functionality, and says Epson, also enables more efficient output with finer imaging detail.

A significant number of refinements have been incorporated to make installation easier and operation more flexible. The case features a “more ergonomic” design with a squarer side, a flat top, transparent plate cover and integrated interior lighting. There is an enlarged 4.3” touch panel display, and a cleaner loading bay with repositioned controls. Macro head-height adjustment is simpler and the printer features automatic fine head-height adjustment for optimal quality, maximum speed and minimum hassle.

The new model also employs upgraded ink. Epson says UltraChrome DG2 has been designed to support a wider range of fabrics with better colour and less bleed. The new ink is compatible with DTF workflows.

The SC-F2260 incorporates a number of features to reduce waste and expense. It uses 800 ml ink pouches that are 33 per cent larger, and incorporate “a lot less” plastic than the cartridges used by the previous model. The printer has also dispensed with a fan for quieter operation without the need for regular filter replacement.

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