UK and Eire digital picture switch gear provider The Magic Contact has added the Mutoh/STS VJ-628D desktop modular system to its ‘DTF Magic’ direct-to-film (DTF) portfolio.
Displayed at Fespa in October, the collaborative Mutoh/STS VJ-628D system combines the STS VJ-628D, which relies on Mutoh’s Valuejet 628 eight-channel printer chassis with Epson industrial printhead expertise and the STS switch and curing expertise.
Priced at £9,000 for the system, that is an entry-level choice for these seeking to get into the customized attire market, stated The Magic Contact managing director, Jim Nicol. He highlighted the system’s cost-per-transfer function which might produce work for as little as 4p per switch.
“That is the primary main producer that has put one thing collectively like this and it gives folks a implausible alternative. Curiosity has been phenomenal as a result of having the ability to produce transfers at such a low value is actually enticing and might help printers entice new prospects.
“The personalisation of clothes and workwear is simply getting greater and greater yearly, there’s nice repeat potential in it as effectively,” he added.
“It’s excellent for individuals who beforehand might have tried DTG however had been restricted with the pre-treatment and the restricted gadgets that could possibly be adorned and in addition industrial printers who need to provide personalised workwear to their current prospects,” he added.
The 630mm-wide VJ-628D printer can be utilized on a desk high or a rolling stand and as a part of the modular system the CMYK plus double hit white machine prints on to STS coated PET movie utilizing water-based inks from STS.
The printed picture then has a powder adhesive utilized utilizing an computerized ‘Shake and Bake’ unit or alternatively, for auto cut-sheet or roll-to-sheet prints, the movie could be cured at as much as 95°C in a desktop curing oven.
DTF is suited to each white or darkish textiles, providing a matt or gloss end with no pre-treatment, chopping or weeding, or superior technical data required therefore its suitability to new market entrants.
Based on Nicol, the important thing benefit of DTF over DTG (direct-to-garment) is its compatibility with a wider vary of supplies comparable to non-treated cotton, silk, polyester, denim, nylon, leather-based and 50/50 blends, whereas DTG is suited to a extra restricted vary.
The printer is pushed by a bespoke RIP and gives a pre-production ‘cost-per-transfer’ function enabling customers to cost every switch to an actual value.
“Having thought-about over the previous 12 months the nice response and uptake of DTF expertise, mixed with the success of these now utilizing the method in manufacturing environments, we should guarantee we’re capable of provide the correct answer for particular buyer wants,” stated Nicol.
“The prevailing DTF600 printer is really implausible and gives actual switch manufacturing capabilities as much as 15sqm/hr, however we strongly really feel the scale and house requirement is restrictive for a lot of potential customers. This new desktop choice is ideal regardless of the slower manufacturing pace,” he added.
With inventory of the brand new system anticipated to be out there from The Magic Contact in mid-January, demonstrations by way of Zoom or in-person from its Dunstable showroom are at present out there on request.