JV5-320DS direct and dye sub production printer joins Mimaki line-up
Expect to see the first units of Mimaki's new 3.2m-wide direct to textile JV5-320DS printer by early February. The machine, based on the existing JV5-320S solvent printer, enables high speed, direct printing onto polyester substrates and provides a water-based dye-sublimation option.
The JV5-320DS has a maximum resolution of 1,440dpi and can handle media up to 130kg. Print speeds vary according to resolution - from 60m2/hr (540 x 720dpi) for long distance viewing to 44m2/hr (at 540 x 1,080dpi) for closer viewing. It uses Mimaki's Sb52 dye-sublimation inks which can be delivered via an optional bulk supply system for longer uninterrupted print runs.?
UK distributor Hybrid Services expects the new printer to extend the range of textile-based applications, especially in the outdoor signage market where it has been designed to meet the growing demand for polyester based flags, banners and soft signage that are better catered for with water based dye-sublimation inks.
Because inks can easily pass through polyester substrates to the fabric underneath the JV5-320DS is equipped with an ink catching trough to prevent any ink that penetrates the fabric from staining the back side. A fan dries inks directly after printing in order to prevent media sticking during the winding process. The JV5-320DS also has a new spray suppressor system to improve printing consistency.
John de la Roche, national sales manager, Hybrid, said: "We're answering market demands for production printing of grand format soft signage with this machine. The desire to print directly to polyester seems to be on everyone's lips at the moment and with the new JV5-320DS it's a commercial reality."