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Epson releases the SC-F2000 Direct-to-Garment Printer

May 2014

Sydney April 2014: Epson Australia has released the SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment (DTG) printer in two desktop configurations for rapid, reliable and cost-effective value-add printing on cotton based clothing and merchandise products.

The SC-F2000 features Epson’s latest PrecisionCore ™ high speed thin film piezo (TFP) print head and has been engineered by Epson from the ground up to deliver superior performance, image quality, reliability, and durability.

With the ability to print directly onto a wide range of fabric based products up to 25mm thick – from t-shirts and hoodies to jackets and carry bags, made from high quality 100 percent cotton to 50/50 fabric blends – the SureColor SC-F2000 printer offers a high degree of production flexibility.

With its high quality output and low running costs it provides line extension opportunities to clothing and merchandise manufacturers, prototyping opportunities for clothing designers and value add opportunities to event organisers, print shops and retailers.

The SC-F2000 uses Epson UltraChrome® DG ink technology – an all new, direct-to-garment ink formulation developed specifically for the Epson PrecisionCore print head in the SC-F2000 – that produces precise and repeatable performance, outstanding image quality, and high reliability.

UltraChrome DG Ink is an Epson-exclusive water-based pigment CMYK and CMYK + White ink technology that is available in 250ml cartridges for small volume custom work and large 600 ml cartridges for low-cost-per print volume production.

UltraChrome DG Ink produces a significantly enhanced colour range with high brightness, and is formulated for easy fixing with a durable low tack finish. The PrecisionCore print head provides improved resolution and enhanced reliability with precise dot sizing and placement for accurate colour with minimal bleed and low ink consumption.

Epson’s integrated approach to development of the hardware and ink technology not only ensures exceptional image quality with predictable consistent colour, but also gives enhanced mechanical durability with a reduced maintenance burden to cut operational costs. The system is quick to install, easy to operate and unlike many other solutions in the market, comes with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Prints can be made on pre-cut material or directly onto a finished garment with a heat press then used to fix the ink, enabling production of customised and value-added goods with high impact and good wash/wear durability.

The Epson SureColor SC-F2000 can be purchased in a high-speed 4 colour (CMYK) configuration or a 5 colour configuration with additional white ink for enhanced presentation on light coloured material as well as support for printing on dark or coloured fabrics.

Features of the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 DTG printers:

  • High Productivity – easy platen loading and height adjustment with a mechanism that will print a small logo on a t-shirt in as little as 22 seconds and a 10” x 8” image in as little as 44 seconds
  • High Flexibility – supports individual garments up to 1.5kg with fabric up to 25mm thick, platen options support print areas up to 406x505mm and ships in a choice of two configurations for high speed colour on light material or white + colour on mixed light and dark material
  • Low Operational Cost – uses minimum power and ink to achieve maximum colour and impact with a choice of cartridge sizes to suit different production levels and cost-per-print requirements
  • Compact and Convenient – features a small footprint with front-loaded consumables, a large colour LCD control panel, easy platen height adjustment, and will accept print jobs from either a PC or USB storage device
  • Easy to Install and Operate – Quick to set-up, features automatic optical platen height checking, automatic white ink recirculation, automatic self-cleaning, supplied with easy to use Epson Garment Creator software for Macintosh® and Windows®, and delivery is co-ordinated by Epson Australia.
  • Epson PrecisionCore™ (TFP) Print Head – supports resolutions up to 1440x1440dpi with precise dot placement and volumetric control to ensure superior image quality/consistency and outstanding operational durability
  • Epson UltraChrome™ DG ink – features a formulation that has low toxicity for safer and easier handling, provides a superior colour gamut with high brightness, excellent elasticity, wash/UV durability, and has Oeko-Tex conformity to ensure printed products are safe for wear by adults and children.

The Epson SureColor SC-F2000 DTG is RRP $22,995AUD ex tax for either the 4 or 5 colour configuration with a one year on-site warranty. The five colour configuration comes with a bonus 20L pack of concentrated pre-treatment liquid along with an applicator tool ($800 added value).

Optional 1 and 2 Year Service Pack is available for customers who want to protect their investment for a period of up to 3 years.

The five colour Epson pigment inks used in the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 series printers, when applied to cotton fabrics, pass the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 for human ecological requirements of Class I products for adults, children, and babies up to 36 months. Oeko-Tex Standard 100 specifies testing criteria for the presence of harmful substances within a textile product. The standard belongs to the International Association for Research and Testing in the field of Textile Ecology (Oeko-Tex).

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