Poseidon and Apollon – two new large-format inkjet printers for textile printing – were presented by South Korean company DGI at ITMA 2019, which was held this time in Barcelona from June 20 to 26.
Poseidon is a dye-sublimation printer on Kyocera’s heads, aimed at manufacturers of sportswear and custom-made clothing in medium to large volumes. It prints on roll-fed thermal transfer paper up to 1.6 m wide at speeds of up to 120 m2/h. According to the manufacturer, Poseidon is designed for automatic printing with the support of a new “sleep” mode that allows you to print orders without the presence of an operator. The printer will be available for sale in August. The model will be available in SE versions with additional heads, which can be used for special colors. Fluorescent inks (other than CMYK) can also be applied through them. Poseidon expected to cost around £40,000.
Apollon is a 1.9 m wide inkjet printer that allows direct printing with reactive ink on natural fabrics. At the above-mentioned ITMA exhibition, it was shown with reactive ink. The printer is designed for the production of fashionable clothes and interior decoration. The printer is equipped with 16 Kyocera heads and can print at speeds up to 250 m2/h. Sales of this model will start towards the end of 2019. Apollon’s estimated price is circa £250,000.
According to Sabur Aaron Burton, Director of Digital Development, “The Poseidon printer is designed to meet the needs of customers who require medium to high volumes of sublimation printing that require the speed of an industrial Kyocera printhead printer, as well as the ability to easily and efficiently change design and print runs.”
With Apollo, you can print on natural fibers, including cotton and silk. It is equipped with an advanced belt system to improve the transport of media and the handling of complex fabrics. It was developed in response to the growing demand for reactive printing, with companies moving from traditional to digital printing methods.
Both machines are very well received. After a successful presentation at the exhibition, the DGI company begins their commercial sales.
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