DPI to debut MTEX 1800 at Sign & Digital

Hannah Jordan
Thursday, April 18, 2013

Wide format distributor Digital Print Innovations (DPI) will launch the MTEX 1800 textile printer, from Portuguese manufacturer POD, into the UK market at next week's Sign & Digital event.

First unveiled in Poland in February, the addition of the 1.9m direct-to-textile printer to the MTEX family offered by Derbyshire-based DPI follows the launch in June 2012 of the 1.6m and 3.2m MTEX 3200.

Similar to the 3200, the 1800 features infrared inline fixation and a user controlled vapour extraction unit. The latest version is built on a "reliable and popular" Mimaki chassis and uses Epson DX6 drop-on-demand print heads with variable drop size from 6 to 30 picolitres.

The machine uses a water-based inkset and prints at up to 1,400dpi at speeds of up to 65sqm/hr in standard mode and 35sqm/hr in high quality mode.

Retailing at £59,950 the MTEX1800 is aimed at the soft signage market, such as flags and light box applications, where a smaller dye-sublimation printer is needed.

DPI managing director Stewart Bell said  there had been huge growth in demand for direct-to-textile machines in recent years with the increase in soft signage popularity.

He added: "We reckon that it will grow by about 30 or 35% in the UK this year and the MTEX 1800 really is an accessible entry machine for those wanting to get involved.

"It’s a really cost effective and time efficient machine because with the inline fixation there is no need for any other processes or equipment. Also this more compact model is a great for those that want to get into soft signage but simply don’t have the space for a 3.2m."


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