World-leading digital textile printer manufacturer, MTEX America, is showcasing the new MTEX Blue dye-sublimation printer at SGIA Atlanta on booth 1436 from November 4th – 6th.
The MTEX Blue with disperse inks for dye-sublimation was launched last month in Europe and this is the first time the groundbreaking machine has been shown in the US. With the growing demand in the market for digital textile printing, the MTEX Blue offers superb quality at great speeds with punchy, vibrant colours and in-line fixation.
Like all MTEX digital textile printers, the MTEX Blue has heat fixation in-built, so print and heat fixing (sublimation) is completed in one smooth process, eliminating the need for a separate calendar. As an all-in-one solution, the MTEX Blue with disperse inks and in-line fixation will print and finish at a speed of 550sq ft/hour and will retail in the US at $70k, representing the best price : performance ratio on the market today.
Eloi Ferreira, CEO of MTEX America says, “This all-in-one affordable dye-sub printer will take the market by storm, enabling signmakers and display graphic professionals an easy, efficient and most cost effective route into the textile printing market. “
The MTEX Blue is a direct-to-textile polyester fabric printer with four CMYK Panasonic heads with variable drop and adjustable head height to accommodate different thicknesses and types of fabrics and prints up to 1080dpi. The machine is perfect for printing applications for flag, front-lit and back-lit display, events and exhibitions and all soft signage applications as well as materials for interior soft furnishings and fire-retardant polyester fabrics.
Clem Sison, COO of MTEX America, comments, “We’re very pleased to be able to offer the MTEX Blue printer at SGIA. With award-winning Mimaki technology at the heart of the system, the printer is an ideal option for companies looking for a turnkey textile solution.”
Discussing the virtues of the new printer, Clem highlights a key feature; “The Blue offers a true fabric printing solution with no compromise to the integrity of the material after continuous use. With disperse dyes the inks are essentially ‘bonded’ into the fibres through the heat fixation (sublimation) process and so you can wash the fabrics, fold, handle and re-wash if needed, with absolutely no degradation of the image.”
Bruising, marking, creasing and cracking are eliminated completely due to the image becoming part of the fabric compared to sitting on top of it, as with most other sign and display printers.