The garment-inkjet floodgates are wide open, leaving many screen printers who want to boost revenues with complementary digital technology drowning in options. This article will help you wade through the crowded pool of printers.
The Durager 650-TP from Durafos is a seven-color (CMY + Red + Blue + 2 x Black) printer that supports a maximum print size of 12.95 x 20.5 in. (329 x 520 mm), imaging resolutions up to 5760 x 1440 dpi, and a maximum media height of 5.9 in. (150 mm). Durafos says its Durager 650-TP can print an image at A3 size (11.7 × 16.5 in. or 297 × 420 mm) in less than two minutes at 1440 dpi and notes that no garment pretreatment is necessary. The device can print directly from CorelDRAW, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator.
Graphics One’s GO Tee Rex Jr. sports what the company describes as an industrial design for long-term use. Tee Rex Jr. is a 24-in.-wide (610-mm) printer that uses GO FabriColor (2 x CMYK) inks and supports imaging resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi with Epson Variable Sized Droplet Technology. It accepts materials up to 1.57 in. (40 mm) thick and offers bordlerless printing at a variety of widths. The printer’s driver is compatible with Windows 98/ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 9.1 or later, and Mac OS X 10.2 or later. It’s bundled with Wasatch SoftRIP with optional variable data capability. The printer in-terface is via USB 2.0 (compatible with 1.1) and IEEE 1394, and the printer has an expansion slot for an optional 10/100 Base-T card.
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