Sign & Digital Graphics

February '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2019 • 63 David Lopez, textile solutions specialist/ business development for Mimaki, says that he always tells customers that paper transfer is more versatile. Mimaki's direct-to-textile printer is geared more toward the flag busi- ness where you want the design to bleed through to the other side. "Sometimes I have customers come up to me who want to do direct-to-fabric so they don't have to purchase paper," he says. They believe it will be a huge cost savings for them. "What they don't realize, with our system, is you can't print to polyester without pretreating. There is still an added cost to pretreat." The Mimaki TS30-1300 dye sublimation inkjet printer. (Image courtesy of Mimaki) Mimaki's David Lopez says you get better image clarity with paper transfer and better ink penetration with direct-to-fabric. (Image courtesy of Mimaki) If shops want to source 10-foot pre- treated fabric, it isn't the easiest to find in the U.S., he adds. There are only a couple of textile companies that offer pretreated fabric in that size. There are many more options with paper transfer because a shop can purchase any polyester fabric. Mimaki now offers its Rimslow line of pretreatment equipment to help shops that struggle finding pretreated fabrics One benefit of transfer paper is that you can easily do small- run projects. (Image courtesy of Mimaki)

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