Epson unveils new dye-sub printer

Epson has unveiled the SureColor SC-F6300, a new dye-sub printer developed for textiles producers, photographic studios and promotional goods businesses.

Building on the success of its predecessor the SureColor SC-F6200, which it is replacing in the market, the SC-F6300 is said to offer improved user productivity and reduced downtime.

Epson said this is achieved through simpler installation, easier access to the printhead for user maintenance and a suite of bundled software (Edge Print RIP, Edge Dashboard Support and the LFP Accounting Tool) that is said to enable businesses to run more efficiently and better analyse their costing and profitability.

The CMYK device offers print resolution up to 720dpi and features Epson’s latest PrecisionCore piezo printheads that run the manufacturer’s UltraChrome DS inks.

It can handle materials up to 44in (1.1m) wide at speeds of up to 63sqm/hr and an optional Epson branded take-up reel that offers more control of take-up quality is also available.

Epson UK sales manager Phil McMullin said: “The F6200 has been very successful for us in the UK and globally because its 44in print width is fairly unique in the dye-sub market.

“It’s a great product for entry-level dye-sublimation, if you’re talking production of sampling or short-run textile production, whether that’s for interior decor or for fashion but also for rigid media and 3D dye-sublimation if you have a vacuum oven alongside it.”

He added: “But if you were doing a long run with the F6200 you had to find some mechanism to keep the printed output under control, which wasn’t always easy.

“If you are running several metres or a full roll of dye-sub paper through the F6300, the optional take-up system is a big benefit to enable you to take that printed roll from the take-up and put it into your calender for finishing.”

The F6300 can be used to produce items including sports tops, lightweight fashion items, promotional gifts, mugs, mouse mats, key fobs and phone covers.

Available to order now and with shipping beginning in September, the machine has a list price of £4,795 while ink will cost £50 per litre. Pricing for the optional take-up system has not yet been set.

“The total cost of ownership is low and therefore enables print service providers to hopefully make some decent margin when they’re producing products for their end customers,” said McMullin.