Epson Enters the Direct-to-Garment Industry With The All-New SureColor SC-F2000
Here are some details about the first Direct-To-Garment printer. Epson’s entry into the textile industry is marked by a large format printer that has been wholly designed and developed using Epson’s proprietary technology -- from its newly developed PrecisionCore print head to its UltraChrome DG ink -- and even in the pretreatment liquid used in the process.
Epson, digital imaging and printing solutions leader, recently introduced their first direct-to-garment printer, the SureColor SC-F2000.
As the Asia Pacific region represents the largest and fastest growing market for textile printing, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 4%, there is no doubt that small to medium businesses can benefit from the Epson SureColor SC-F2000’s revenue-generating features. Combined with high performance, low maintenance, and low running costs, the F2000 is an ideal investment for SMEs.
Online t-shirt shops, production t-shirt printers, and even corporate users will benefit from the SC-F2000, with its crack-resistant ink that is soft against the skin. Users can configure the system to suit their needs by choosing from two sets of CMYK ink for white garments or up to four white inks for color garments.
While this is Epson’s first direct-to-garment printer to be unveiled, the printing solutions leader is no stranger to the textile industry. Epson has been an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) for the direct-to-garment industry for more than 10 years and is leveraging on their experience and strong background to forge a path toward market leadership.
Jino Carlo Alvarez, Head of Epson Philippines’ Commercial & Industrial Department says: “This printer is unique to this industry, in the sense that this is the first system where the entire printer has been designed and manufactured by a single brand. The hardware and ink are designed to work together and users benefit from the reliability and high-quality output that Epson is renowned for.”
“Our customers can be assured that, as always, Epson is putting to good use its years of print expertise and experience to deliver a device that excels in performance and delivers low running costs.”
Featuring Epson’s durable PrecisionCore Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead, the SC-F2000 is capable of quick production without sacrificing print quality.
The PrecisionCore TFP printhead is an evolution of Epson’s Micro Piezo printhead technology, which gives Epson inkjet printers its award-winning print quality. PrecisionCore allows for a greater nozzle density and increased ink droplet placement control which, in turn, allows for greater printing quality and speed.
When used in conjunction with Epson’s UltraChrome DG Ink (available in 250 or 600ml cartridges), the SureColor SC-F2000 excels on dark fabric, because it’s white ink is tough. The white ink is circulated within the system and has been designed to reduce clogging, which increases productivity, allowing deadlines to be met consistently.
The SC-F2000 offers a resolution of up to 1440x1440dpi for accurate dot shape and placement, while its wide color gamut produces vibrant colors, sharp contours, and smooth gradations.
Despite its ability to create a lasting visual impact, Epson's UltraChrome DG ink is kind to those it comes into contact with. The eco-friendly ink has been awarded a part certification from Oeko-Tex® Standard 1001, which means it doesn’t contain any harmful substrates.
Key Specifications of the SureColor SC-F2000
PrecisionCore Print Head
Up to 1,440 x 1,440dpi (White Ink)
Up to 1,440 x 720 (Color Ink)
27 sec2 (default – production)
Product Class 1
UltraChrome DG Ink
Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, White
600ml, 250cl (C, M, Y, BK, WH)
Platen Feed Method
Large Platen 406 x 508mm (16” x 20”)
Medium Platen 356 x 406mm (14” x 16”)
Small Platen 254 x 305mm (10” x 12”)
Sleeve Platen 102 x 102mm (4” x 4”)
2.5” Color LCD
Dimensions (D x W x H)
1,425 (max. 1,521mm for operation with large size platen) x 985 x 490mm (covers closed)
Support Operation System
Windows XP/Vista/ 7/ 8/ MacOSX 10.6.8 – 10.8
Support File Format for Print
.jpg, .tiff, .png, .bmp
1 SC-F2000 is certified to Oeko-Tex Standard 100, an international safety standard in the textile industry, certifying the printer's output on textiles to be safe for adults and children, including babies.
2 Refers to head firing time when using dual colour mode, image size is 10" x 8" landscape, applicable for white t-shirts only