PrintEx: Epson to launch SureColor 44” dye-sub
At PrintEx Epson Australia will launch the new SureColor F6360, a 44-inch dye-sublimation printer created for soft signage, merchandise, custom décor and clothing manufacturers.
According to Epson the new SC-F6360 is designed to replace small format screen printing, with a flexible low-cost solution that enables repeatable high-quality output production with minimal equipment, materials and mess.
The company says it produces images that are bright and colourful, and durable. It can be used for imaging onto fabric with 50 per cent or more artificial content, such as Polyester, Lycra and Neoprene. It can also be used on PVC, poly film, and materials which will accept a polyester spray and resist damage through short-term exposure to heat and pressure such as ceramic, glass, metal, coated plywood, certain plastics, fibreglass and polycarbonates.
The new model is designed for user self set-up and can be purchased as a base unit with an integrated auto-cutter for sheet based transfer using a flat heat press or efficient high-speed roll-to-roll production with an optional Auto-Take-Up and calender style heat press.
Epson says that what differentiates the SC-F6360 is its cost effective operation and output quality. Images are processed using Precision Dot Technology and printed using the included Epson Edge Print software. When combined with the advanced Epson ink, MicroPiezo Print Head, and Dye Sublimation process, it enables the printer to achieve output that traditional equipment needs six or eight colours, using just four process inks.
The F6360 is designed to produce banners, backlit fabric signs, sportswear, custom cabinetry, furniture coverings, or fashion items.
It uses media from 10" to 44", and has an integrated auto cutter and an optional auto takeup roll. The SureColor F6360 commences shipping in mid-August with an RRP of $11,695 (ex tax), complete with an on-site warranty and five years comprehensive cover, which includes printheads.
Epson Australia will also launch the SureLab D860, a compact commercial grade photo printer, aimed at photographers, event management, business and retail. Epson says the D860 has extended durability which has enabled a lower total cost of ownership, and says enhanced functionality and quieter operation have expanded the business opportunities it offers.
It can output common 4” x 6” and 8” x 10” inch photo sizes, as well as small 2” x 3.5” and large A4 prints, with or without borders. Epson says that unlike traditional commercial photo production technologies it is easy to use, consumes minimal power, requires little maintenance, and involves no nasty chemicals.