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A Direct-to-Garment Deluge

(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

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.


By Ben P. Rosenfield

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Lawson Screen & Digital Products

Lawson plans to make its entry into di-gital apparel decoration in August 2009 with the Digi-Tex, a printer the company describes as an industrial, high-speed system designed for decorating ad-specialties and textiles. It will have a modular head configuration to support the use of up to six colors and will offer a maximum imaging resolution of 600 dpi. Other features slated for the Digi-Tex include ad-justable platen and head height, adjustable print speeds, bi-directional printing, custom platen sizes, and more. Lawson reports that Digi-Tex will print at speeds up to 70 ft/min (21.4 m/min) or faster in some applications and print T-shirts at speeds up to 300 garments/hr. It’ll use water-based inks formulated for adhesion to cotton, 50/50 blends, and other materials. According to Lawson, five printer models are in the works, each of which will have a 4-in. (102-mm) print-path width, be compatible with Windows XP, and allow users to print from any art-creation and RIP software they choose. The Digi-Tex 4301 will support a maximum image size of 8 x 30 in. (203 x 762 mm) and come with a standard platen size of 6 x 24 in. (152 x 610 mm). Model 4302 will support a maximum image size of 4 x 30 in. (102 x 762 mm) and come with a standard platen size of 6 x 24 in. Model 4303 will support a maximum image size of 8 x 30 in. and come with a standard platen size of 6 x 24 in. Model 4304 will support a maximum image size of 8 x 30 in. and come with a standard platen size of 10 x 24 in. (254 x 610 mm). Model 16304 will support a maximum image size of 16 x 30 in. (406 x 762 mm) and come with a standard platen size of 17 x 21 in. (432 x 533 mm).

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