Mimaki Europe has unveiled its new digital textile printer, the Tx300P-1800 MkII. Set to headline Mimaki’s product line-up at the upcoming Fespa exhibition in Madrid, the printer is suitable for both direct-to-textile and transfer printing, with interchangeable platens and three different ink combinations.

The original version of the printer, the Tx300P-1800, was released in 2017 and stood out for its ability to handle two different ink sets. With the MkII Mimaki has added dye sublimation transfer capabilities as well. This versatility means the printer can fulfil a wide range of textile applications from fashion to interior decor to wallpapers, all within one system.

‘We are delighted to be bringing the Tx300P-1800 MkII to Fespa this year to show customers exactly how game-changing it can be for their businesses,’ said Danna Drion, Mimaki EMEA’s senior marketing manager. ‘With the introduction of this new printer, we are not only delivering an affordable, streamlined single-system solution for printing on both paper and textiles, but we are also providing print service providers with the versatility to continue exploring different substrates and applications as they grow their businesses into the future. We anticipate a very bright future for digital printing in the textile industry and have no doubt that our new printer, at the cutting edge of this sector, will have a role in realising this transition.’

The ability of the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 MkII to switch between direct-to-textile and transfer printing is enabled by its interchangeable platens. When printing direct-to-textile, excess ink which has penetrated the fabric is drained by a platen with an ink-receiving channel. When printing on heat transfer paper however, this platen can be exchanged for a vacuum platen, without the need for a service engineer. Users can also choose from three different ink combinations: textile pigment/direct sublimation, textile pigment/sublimation transfer, or direct sublimation/sublimation transfer.