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."Tweet