Great news for DIY fashion designers and artists, Epson is making moves in the fashion world with it’s dye-sublimation and direct-to-garment printing technology released over a year ago allowing independent entrepreneurs access to cheaper fabric equipment to own and use. Dye sublimation (“dye sub” for short) refers to the process of using high heat to transfer dye onto a material, much like a giant iron-on transfer. During the Fall 2015 New York Fashion Week, Epson drew attention to its SureColor F-Series printers that yield high quality, industrial level print affording designers the ability to print their own patterns directly on large fabrics. The only downside uncovered from a number of users is that the printer only works on heat-reactive synthetic materials like polyester.
The SureColor F-Series models support a range of applications, including soft signage, sportswear, apparel, accessories, and customized promotional items such as mouse pads and ceramic mugs. Depending upon the application, F series models can output at speeds up to 618 sq ft/hr, boast output up to 720 x 1440 dpi on leading transfer papers, and feature an integral high-capacity 1.5 liter bulk-ink system.
Epson also introduced a line of dye-sublimation transfer papers designed specifically for the F series printers. Epson’s low-tack adhesive sublimation paper is designed for high-end cut-and-sew fabric and apparel production. This paper utilizes a unique chemical coating that allows for heavier ink loads to provide superior color and is available in a variety of sizes.
Priced on the low end at $9,000 for the F6070 and on the high end at $20,000 for the F7070, they’re at a price point that could make them within the budget of many fashion entrepreneurs and emerging fashion houses.
To read more about this new printer, click here for visit the Epson website.