Printing onto Fabric Made easy by Chemosol

When we think of printing, the first thing that comes to mind is an image or text onto paper. However, there is so much more to printing than merely paper. Any number of items can have an impression printed onto them. One which you may not often think of is fabric, but each year vast volumes of fabric are printed, whether it be T-shirts, table cloths, dish towels or any of a wide range of other garments and other household and commercial items. It is possible that in sheer volume fabric could rival paper as the most printed substrate in the world. However prevalent printing onto fabric may be, it is no longer just a question of making screens and being able to create an image. While screenprinting is still used for much of the fabric printing, this particular printing process has seen a dramatic decline with the advent of large-format digital printing. Local printing supplies company Chemosol, is able to provide a full spread of technologies from screen printing, through to dye-sublimation and even direct-to-garment printing. In order to meet the needs of fabric printers it is the designated distributor for the Epson range of dye-sublimation fabric printers and the Epson direct-to-garment printers. Said Dov Meyers, sales director of Chemosol, ‘Fabric printing is the core of our business and as such we are able to provide our customers with all the advice and information they will need to be able to achieve the best possible result depending on their specific production requirements.’ The Epson SureColor SC-F7000 is part of the F-series of fabric printers. It is designed for dye-sublimation prints for transfer onto a range of fabric including soft signage, sportswear, apparel, accessories and promotional material. It handles all major dye-sublimation transfer papers for a wide range of polyester applications. It provides a high quality output of 720 x 1440dpi and prints at speeds ranging from 16sqm per hour up to 57sqm per hour. Prints require a post-heating and pressure curing process. The SureColor F-Series has recently been enhanced with the addition of the F6000 for prints up to 1117mm wide and the F7100 for prints up to 1625mm wide. These printers feature a completely re-engineered design with a ground-up philosophy aimed at improving all aspects of the printer ensuring that every component works together to create a complete solution. From the print heads, through to the ink technology and on to the printer engine and software have been completely redesigned. The result is a high-performance dye-sublimation transfer printer with extreme reliability for industrial printing productivity. Chemosol also has the Epson solution for printing directly onto garments such as T-shirts. The SC-F2000 direct garment printer is available in two versions: a four-colour model for printing onto light-coloured materials and a five-colour version which includes white ink for printing onto dark materials. Both versions deliver short-run, print-on-demand production, quality and reliability. They can print onto a variety of fabrics ranging from 100 percent cotton through to 50/50 blends. The printers feature a standard platen measuring 355 x 406mm and include a frame to ensure accurate printing. Other platens are available for handling different sizes of print. The print only requires a few seconds of heat and pressure to cure the image. Dov added, ‘Epson is the market leader in technology for printing onto fabrics. With its advanced printing technology both in the dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment sectors combined with our knowledge and understanding of customer requirements we can meet the needs of even the most demanding customers.’