Textiles & Materials



  • The innovative display graphics and industrial textile solutions from Electronics For Imaging, Inc., at the FESPA Global Print Expo deliver remarkable efficiency, quality and sustainability to help customers drive profits and win new business. The new EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA pigment solution making its debut there is an advanced integrated solution for streamlined, greener textile printing.

    “We are truly thrilled to provide our FESPA visitors a preview of an innovative pigment printing solution that delivers authentic textile printing results while cutting water and energy consumption,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “This is another confirmation of our commitment to green innovation. The EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA solution contributes to making the textile industry more sustainable, reducing the environmental footprint to deliver an eco-friendlier direct-to-fabric printing experience.”

    A new level of sustainable direct-to-fabric printing

    The EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA is an all-in-one solution for water-based pigment printing that requires no ancillary equipment for pre- and post-treatment. Its patent-pending technology gives customers a distinct competitive advantage, dramatically cutting energy and water consumption in the overall process for a more sustainable direct-to-fabric printing experience.

    Users will benefit from ecoTERRA’s ability to deliver excellent wet and dry fastness, remarkable sharpness in detail and extraordinarily high durability while also yielding longer printhead life with reduced maintenance costs.

    The new ecoTERRA ink range features 7 colours – cyan, magenta, yellow, black, blue, red and green – for an expanded colour gamut. An enhanced polymerisation and finishing unit for the EFI Reggiani ecoTERRA also gives the fabric a softer hand feel, delivering performance that is in line with the most stringent textile industry requirements.

    Always committed to deliver to the market new cutting-edge technologies, EFI Reggiani has world-class products offering boosted uptime and reliability, high performance throughput, and remarkable printing uniformity and accuracy – all while helping customers increase the sustainability of their textile manufacturing activities.

    efi.com/reggiani





  • ColDesi, Inc announced the release of the new DigitalHeat FX DTF-24H4 high volume direct-to-film printer.

    High volume, automated DTF printers have an integrated roll-fed film printer and an integrated hot melt applicator and belt dryer. All producing what the company reports as the best quality fabric (t-shirt) transfers on the market.

    Following on the success of the record-breaking DigitalHeat FX DTF-24H2, which is a 24” DTF printing powerhouse with two print heads, ColDesi has released the Four head DigitalHeat FX DTF-24H4.

    The new DTF printer from ColDesi prints at an astounding 145-155 linear ft. of full-colour film printing per hour, which equates to between 250 and 350 full shirt front transfers.

    But the company is equally proud of the technological advancements made in this latest model.

    “Whether you’re running a one machine shop, adding transfer production to a high-volume business or replacing expensive direct to garment printers, power requirements are a big deal,” said Don Copeland, digital product manager for ColDesi. “We’ve worked with our in-house R&D team (you might know them as BelQuette Technologies) to reduce the requirements for BOTH the printer and the dryer to a single 30AMP, 220v circuit or run 2 systems off a single 50AMP, 220v circuit! Not only does this cut initial setup costs it can save literally hundreds, even thousands of dollars in power costs over the course of a year – especially for multi-printer shops.”

    For a full demonstration of the product and capabilities, ColDesi has provided the following video. 

    “The DigitalHeat FX DTF-24H2 2 head machine is rated at between 45 and 55 linear feet per hour production, which is approximately 100 full front transfers per hour, which is more than enough volume for most shops,” commented Mike Angel, head of ColDesi OnDemand software programs. “But the new four head is more than three times as productive which meets virtually ANY demand”.

    Other advances include a smoother operation for fewer touches per print job and a centralised control location to reduce interface time overall.

    Management also said that just like all of the ColDesi digital systems the DTF line comes with a self-paced online training program that you can put any and all of your operators through as well as included technical support for as long as you own the machine. Every printer comes to you fully assembled, test printed, calibrated, and ready to print – already mounted on the stand. It is simply a matter of installing the print software, rolling the printer and shaker/dryer up to one another, powering up, and going through the simple out-of-box start-up instructions and you are printing transfers – typically within 2-3 hours.





  • LexJet, a division of S-One Holdings Corporation, introduces three new canvas collections in the Elements Portfolio.

    “We believe Elements will provide LexJet customers with additional options for high-end products. We continue to explore new opportunities to help our clients meet their needs, keep their costs low, and increase profitability,” says Kara Work, S-One Holdings Product Manager. “The first products we are introducing from the Elements brand are high-end canvas collections that include options for photographers, high-volume reproductions, and canvas made from recycled water bottles.”

    The inaugural collections are:

    The Gemstone Collection – Brilliant Quality

    The most luxurious jewelers in the world select only the brightest and most brilliant gemstones to craft masterpieces for their clients. As a jeweler desires the perfect gem, artists also want a high-quality canvas for their works of art. The Gemstone Collection is an exquisite collection of canvas materials tailor-made for artists and photographers to showcase their masterpieces. The quality of the canvas enhances the beauty of art.

    The Quarry Collection – Rock Solid Performance

    The purpose of a quarry is to bring the strength of the earth to the surface. Like versatile granite harvested from the planet’s depths, the Quarry Collection brings the strength of the canvas to the versatile world of high-volume production of art.

    The Boundless Collection – Art without Limits

    Boundless means “without limits.” The sun, the sky, and the oceans all have an endless quality, but they must be protected, or their beauty will end. The Boundless Collection includes canvas materials made from recycled water bottles, proving that art has no limits.

    lexjet.com





  • The new, industrial, entry-level EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver textile printer from Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is making its debut at the Fespa Global Print Expo 2021 tradeshow, 12-15 October at RAI Amsterdam.

    The EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver uses unique TERRA pigment ink for high-quality, highly sustainable direct-to-textile printing without steaming or washing.

    “This is one of the first trade shows to return after the pandemic, and we are very excited to again meet customers in person and showcase an innovative offering that delivers superior printing results while using less time, water and energy,” said EFI Reggiani Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “We are introducing this advanced EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver solution to the many print service providers at Fespa, presenting them with an ideal path to enter the industrial textile segment with a short, smart and green production process.”

    The new-version TERRA Silver printer is part of EFI’s complete TERRA line-up of pigment ink printer solutions. It is a 180-cm wide printer that can print up to 190 sqm per hour with eight dual-channel printheads. The printer also features:

    • A new recirculating ink system for superior reliability and minimum maintenance

    • Several printing modes to ensure maximum flexibility in terms of design capability

    • New, real-time image processing that eliminates time spent in image pre-calculations

    • A user friendly, intuitive interface

    • A more-efficient polymerisation process that takes place as printed textile goes through the printer’s on-board dryer.

    In Fespa stand 1-G71, attendees can see the EFI Reggiani TERRA Silver print smoothly and precisely on knitted and woven fabrics. The printer’s quality is evident in its high-uniformity printing modes, and it delivers numerous features that enhance the production process, including an accurate WYSIWYG interface and flexible queue management.

    EFI Reggiani is also a leading developer of textile inks. The EFI Reggiani TERRA pigment inks used on the Silver model deliver excellent wet and dry fastness properties and remarkable sharpness in detail. Designed to leverage EFI Reggiani digital printers’ market-proven industrial performance capabilities, these eco-friendly, water-based inks provide an extraordinary level of print durability and yield longer print head life with reduced maintenance costs. The high-performance digital pigment inks also use an innovative binder technology for fast, sustainable, and cost-competitive industrial textile printing on the widest range of fabrics. Users also gain superior print definition and colour intensity.

    This year, EFI Reggiani celebrates 75 years of heritage and innovation in the textile world. Always committed to deliver to the market new cutting-edge technologies, EFI Reggiani has world-class products offering boosted uptime and reliability, high performance throughput, and remarkable printing uniformity and accuracy – all while helping customers increase the sustainability of their textile manufacturing activities. Green EFI Reggiani processes give users fast, complete and sustainable solutions across a broad range of textile applications.

    In this 75th anniversary year, EFI Reggiani has also launched several other ground-breaking solutions, such as EFI Reggiani HYPER, the fastest scanning digital printer on the market, and the EFI Reggiani BLAZE, an industrial entry-level, easy-to-use printer designed to give new textile companies the opportunity to adopt digital inkjet production with a compact solution to blaze a successful path into the industry. 





  • + EFI Reggiani Launches the Fastest High-Quality Scanning Digital Textile Printer in the Market

    New HYPER model produces extraordinary printing quality at unparalleled speed, approaching single-pass throughput. Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is launching its third new digital text...

    September 14 2021

    New HYPER model produces extraordinary printing quality at unparalleled speed, approaching single-pass throughput.

    Electronics For Imaging, Inc. is launching its third new digital textile printer of 2021, delivering the world’s highest real production throughput for a scanning digital textile printer. The EFI™ Reggiani HYPER is a scanning printer available in 1.8-metre, 2.4-metre or 3.4-metre widths. With an up to eight-colour configuration, the EFI Reggiani HYPER prints at up to 13 linear metres per minute in two-pass production mode, making it the fastest textile scanning printer on the market. The new printer is suitable for high-quality production on knitted or woven fabrics and is designed with smart technology that enables it to be integrated into Industry 4.0 projects.

    EFI is promoting the new EFI Reggiani HYPER printer in an exhibit at the 8-11 September TME Exhibition Textile Machinery Fair, at the Istanbul Expo Center, in hall 1, stand D7.

    “Our track record of accelerated innovation continues, as we make good on our promises to deliver a third new textile printer this year,” said EFI Reggiani Senior Vice President and General Manager Adele Genoni. “And, with the new HYPER model, our R&D team has outdone itself, bringing even more innovation to digital textile printing despite the constraints of the pandemic. We have learned from our customers how productivity and sustainability are key drivers to support their business through the digital transformation.”

    The new EFI Reggiani HYPER targets the industrial high-speed segment of the multi-pass textile printing sector. Not only is it the fastest multi-pass printer that EFI Reggiani has ever developed, but the fastest of its kind in the market, offering extraordinary printing quality with unmatched productivity.

    The HYPER’s superfast carriage with 72 printheads can print two passes with production quality at speeds up to 13 metres per minute for a 1.5-metre-wide roll, or up to 10 metres per minute for a 3-metre-wide roll. On a 3.4-metre Reggiani HYPER printer, users can print a pair of 1.5-metre-wide rolls in parallel, delivering a total throughput of up to 20 metres per minute, which is comparable to some single-pass printers currently in the market.

    The printer is powered by EFI Reggiani genuine inks, with high-quality formulas developed to ensure the best performance in terms of runnability and longer printhead life while producing astonishing colour depth and brightness, as well as excellent fastness properties.

    Unique printhead design for advanced productivity

    “We are especially excited about filling out our portfolio with a very dependable, very fast printer that delivers greater throughput than other scanning printers,” said Genoni. “Thanks to a unique design for its 72 printheads – which recirculates ink up to the heads’ nozzle plate – and the legacy EFI Reggiani continuous ink recirculation system, HYPER is also a champion for uptime and reliability, maximising printer availability for production with excellent printing results.

    “With HYPER, textile producers will benefit from a truly remarkable production solution that builds on EFI Reggiani’s many years of experience and innovation in textile printing.”

    The EFI Reggiani HYPER printer features:

    72 recirculating print heads with 600-dots per inch (dpi) native resolution and full variable drop size;

    Recirculation up to the nozzle plate and an innovative printhead maintenance system featuring contactless wiping to help ensure that printheads are ready to print;

    Enhanced, proprietary auto-calibrating continuous ink recirculation system to reduce maintenance at start up and during production;

    A double bridge that provides maximum stability and accuracy, while ensuring easy carriage access for smooth maintenance on all the printheads;

    A wide range of printing modes, including EFI Reggiani’s legacy high uniformity printing modes, to ensure outstanding quality and extreme design versatility. Users gain much more capability and versatility, eliminating the limits faced with printing solid colours, geometric patterns, fine lines, deep blacks, smooth gradients and more, while satisfying their need for speed;

    EFI Reggiani proprietary electronics and software with real-time image processing and no image pre-calculation time prior to printing. This enables production of design changes on the fly with a complete WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) experience to maximise throughput and productivity;

    A precision Kevlar® conveyor belt with an embedded magnetic device for adhesive application, along with EFI Reggiani’s original longitudinal belt movement control to ensure optimal and accurate belt movement, even when running at high speed;

    Longitudinal belt movement control for extreme belt precision during high-speed printing;

    Several fabric feed and take-up options, including an oscillating brace for folding, a small roll winder up to 400 mm, or a big roll winder up to 1,600 mm;

    An industrial dryer with symmetrical ventilation and high-efficiency exhaust capacity powered by gas, electricity, oil or steam;

    The new printer is commercially available worldwide as of this month.

    For more information about EFI Reggiani and other products and solutions from EFI, visit www.efi.com. 





  • + Fisher Textiles introduces new home furnishing fabric media

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, introduces a new printable fabric line for Home Furnishing applications that are ideal for interior and exterior home dé...

    January 18 2021

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, introduces a new printable fabric line for Home Furnishing applications that are ideal for interior and exterior home décor.

    These durable fabrics are long lasting and suitable for soft textile applications including throw pillows, window treatments, table linens, upholstery, bedding linens, shower curtains and bath towels; wall art including canvas gallery wraps and wallpaper; and floor décor including rugs and mats.  All are either 100% Polyester or Poly blends, stocked in a variety of textures and weights.

    Blankets-On-Demand, a subcategory of this fabric line, includes fully finished plush flannel and polar fleece blankets available in three sizes for sublimation printing. The finishing is a self-edge folded/bordered edge with a twin needle coverseam. Finished sizes are 30” x 40”, 50” x 60”, and 60” x 80”. These soft and cozy blankets are perfect for personalized throw blankets, baby milestone blankets, and promotional blankets. Blankets-On-Demand are sold by the case and are also available in unfinished roll good form ranging from 61-inches to 63-inches-wide.





  • + Epson Australia Debuts First Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer

    Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market New Epson SureColor F3060 Provides Low TCO and High-Production Reliability Allowing Prin...

    October 15 2020

    Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market

    New Epson SureColor F3060 Provides Low TCO and High-Production Reliability Allowing Print Shops to Produce Hundreds of Custom Shirts Per Day

    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity & Efficiency Showcase to be held at XO Studios, 10 Lincoln Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 on 20 and 21 February 2020. To register for and to attend the event click here

    Designed to provide low total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments, the SureColor F3060 is Epson’s first direct-to-garment printer to leverage dual printhead technology and a bulk ink pack system, providing remarkably low ink cost and minimised waste compared to Epson cartridge systems. It touts all new automatic garment height adjustment and easy user maintenance features to increase production and reduce downtime for garment print shops creating custom apparel.

    Designed for mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production, cost-effective equipment, the SureColor F3060 can produce a full-size shirt in about a minute, allowing shops to print hundreds of shirts per day.

    Ideal for digitally printing custom garments on variety of fabric types including cotton, linen and rayon, the SureColor F3060 is designed to meet the increasing market demand for unique clothing driven by the millennial population.

    The printer leverages a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore® printhead for high-quality output at production speeds with true one-pass printing for both colour and White ink. Coupled with the first bulk ink system integrated into an Epson direct-to-garment printer, it is capable of housing 1.5 litres per colour and 3.0 litres of White ink for less frequent refilling, lower operating costs, and less waste.  

    First ever automatic printhead height adjustment is set based on garment thickness and texture for optimal print quality without user interference, and easily switches between thin t-shirts and thick sweatshirts with less downtime between garments. Built for reliability, the SureColor F3060 features an ultra-durable linear rail system and CNC milled print carriage, designed for years of production, and features user serviceable parts, including printheads, and low maintenance time ideal for high production print on-demand service providers, fulfilment houses and in-house print on-demand production.

    More about the SureColor F3060

    Delivering high image quality, productivity and reliability in an affordable, highly intuitive design, the SureColor F3060 offers advanced features for the garment printing industry, including:

    • PrecisionCore Printhead Technology – Dual 10-channel printheads with 16,000 nozzles delivering industrial quality output at impressive production speeds
    • Bulk Ink System – Replaceable bulk ink packs for less frequent ink refilling and lower costs compared to our ink cartridge systems
    • High-Quality Direct-to-Garment Printing – Epson UltraChrome® DG inks* are durable, vibrant and safe, with outstanding colour performance, plus equal pricing for colour and White inks 
    • Automatic Printhead Adjustment – Optimised for garment thickness for improved print quality without user intervention
    • Low Total Cost of Ownership – Low maintenance time and cost with dedicated cleaning solution channels and fabric head wiper system
    • Fast Loading for More Productivity – Easy-to-use, all-new quick-load platen reduces traditional hoop platen load times
    • Intuitive, Easy-to-Learn Workflow – Updated Epson Garment Creator Software, available for macOS® and Windows®, includes cost estimator, text tools, hot folders, and automation SDK
    • Designed Exclusively for Direct-to-Garment Printing – An entirely purpose-built system featuring Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, Epson UltraChrome DG ink system and robust hardware
    • Scale Seamlessly – Scale production capability with additional printers featuring an easily repositionable compact design 

    Australian pricing and availability details will be announced after February’s Productivity & Efficiency Showcase.

    To register for and to attend the event click here





  • + CRAFT/HOBBY SCREEN PRINTING PRESS INTRODUCED BY VASTEX

    Vastex has introduced an all-new, low-cost CraftPrinter™ Model V-10 screen printing press for one-colour garments, promotional items, signage or other flat products, it was announced by Mark ...

    October 12 2020

    Vastex has introduced an all-new, low-cost CraftPrinter™ Model V-10 screen printing press for one-colour garments, promotional items, signage or other flat products, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, President.

    It accepts screens up to 58 x 78 cm and incorporates registration features typically unavailable on low-cost tabletop presses including all-steel construction, a no-warp steel pallet, floating head, 3-point bearing lock, and screen off-contact and levelling adjustments.

    The compact unit measures 35.9 cm W x 72.4 cm D and weighs 11.4 kg, making it portable.  

    Options include a neck guide and rubber top for the included pallet, and a variety of specialised pallets for sleeves, youth-size garments, oversized garments, face masks, small signs, insulated can holders and other promotional items.

    For higher production and/or multi-colour capability, the interchangeable print head, pallets and wheel lock assembly of the one-station/one-colour V-10 press can be transferred to the rotary frame of the company’s V-100 model to build a two-, three- or four-colour press at reduced cost when needs increase.

    Covered by a one-year warranty, the CraftPrinter press is shippable via UPS and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Other Vastex equipment performance-matched to the CraftPrinter press includes an E-100 Tabletop Screen Exposer,  a D-100 conveyor dryer and a DRI-CAB Screen Drying Cabinet, which can also serve as a stand for the V-10 press and other tabletop equipment. 

    The company also manufacture commercial-grade and industrial-grade equipment including numerous models of screen printing presses, infrared conveyor dryers, flash cure units, exposing units, screen drying cabinets, washout booths and complete shops packaged according to desired capacity, printing capabilities, available floor space, and budget.

    For information contact Vastex International E: sales@vastex.com or www.vastex.com.






  • + Introducing HP Removable Adhesive Fabric

    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor surfaces without leaving a residue, and can be repositioned again and again w...

    May 12 2020

    HP introduces the NEW HP Removable Adhesive Fabric—a remarkable material that can be mounted to indoor or outdoor surfaces without leaving a residue, and can be repositioned again and again without losing its adhesive qualities.

    It can be used on multiple non-porous, smooth and slightly textured surfaces such as walls, elevators, counter tops, and more. The applications for this adhesive-back fabric are truly endless including custom wall murals; wall cut-outs; indoor and short-term outdoor signage; trade show graphics; decals; decor event and campaign graphics; and the list goes on.

    “This is truly one media that can be used for just about any project,” says Kara Work, Product Manager for HP Large Format Media. “HP Removable Adhesive Fabric is a non-PVC product that meets strict environmental and safety standards and is certified flame-resistant and REACH compliant. It can be contour cut and applied without stretching”

    www.hplfmedia.com





  • + Fisher Textiles Adds Rebound Ultra Lite to Dye Sub Lineup

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite, a lightweight version of its popular GF2000 Rebound printable carpet, to its Grand Format...

    April 14 2020

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite, a lightweight version of its popular GF2000 Rebound printable carpet, to its Grand Format lineup for dye sublimation printing. GF1850 Rebound Ultra Lite is an anti-skid, rubber-backed printable carpet consisting of a non-woven face and a basket weave backing. It has been engineered for dye sublimation transfer printers, weighs 35 oz/yd2 and is available 126 inches wide. Rebound is resilient and does not hold a form when weight has been applied and released. This product is FR and meets 16 CFR Part 1630 and 16 CFR Part 1631, required by The Consumer Product Safety Commission for carpet materials. Uses include short-term carpet for events, trade show floor graphics, POP displays for retail advertising, bar mats and floor mats.





  • + SIHL products now available from Ricky!!!

    Poster Paper Pro Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof and is a high wet strength paper. With a matte finish...

    February 26 2020

    Poster Paper Pro

    Available in both 130gsm and 200gsm, SIHL Poster Paper Pro is multi-layered coated, weatherproof and is a high wet strength paper. With a matte finish and good scratch resistance these papers are suitable for printing with solvent, latex and UV-curing inks. SIHL Poster Paper Pro can be used for indoor and outdoor applications.

    Satin wallpaper


    This PVC free pre-pasted wallpaper is ideal for signs, posters and photos. SIHL satin wallpaper is a high-quality non-woven wallpaper for printing with solvent, latex and UV inks and is characterised by high colour brilliance and dimensional stability. Thanks to the water-activated paste on the back, this printed wallpaper can be glued to the wall directly after soaking in water.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Avery Dennison Introduces Graphic Solutions For Interior Designs

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses to create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of...

    February 18 2020

    Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions today launched its new Interior Design Collection to empower individuals and businesses to create inspiration walls and enrich living spaces with beautiful works of art quickly, easily and without messy paint or primer.
     
    The new MPI® 8000 Wall series from the Avery Dennison® Interior  Design Collection enhances the existing MPI 2600 series wall film portfolio and printable textile film. The MPI 8826 which offers a textile finish and the MPI 8520 which offers a wallpaper finish are well-suited for printed wall graphics for retail decoration and branding, hospitality and commercial interiors, exhibitions and retail promotions and other interior decoration applications.

    “Today’s launch of new products in the Avery Dennison Interior Design Collection broadens our range of offerings to designers and building owners for high quality printed solutions,” said Jordan Leach, Senior Business Manager for Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions in Australia and New Zealand. “Made for even the most challenging indoor applications where there are hard-to-stick walls and walls with different surfaces, installation of these films is quick, easy and clean yet adheres well. The MPI 8000 Wall Film series will make transforming any indoor space easy and more visually rewarding than ever before.”

    Available through all authorised Avery Dennison Graphic Solutions distributors throughout Australia and New Zealand, the new MPI 8000 Wall series films can be applied without the need for primer, and excellent opacity ensures that the underlying wall is completely concealed.





  • + Fisher Textiles Now Offers No-Bleed Black Liner Fabrics

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bleed yarns that are 100% colorfast and do not bleed or fade when washed....

    February 11 2020

    Fisher Textiles, the leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, now offers several black liner fabrics with no-bleed yarns that are 100% colorfast and do not bleed or fade when washed.

    GF1707 Soft Knit Black is 100% Polyester, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 5.1 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has a tight structure and high opacity with excellent durability. Recommended for double sided banner liner or exhibit graphics, the no-bleed yarns used to manufacture this fabric ensure that it can be washed without fading or bleeding.

    GF4608 Power Stretch Black is 90% Polyester, 10% Spandex, stocked 126 inches wide, weighs 7.3 oz/yd2 and is flame retardant. It has 20% stretch in the width, 40% in the length making it a great liner for geometric/stretch or tension displays. It is a matte, colorfast fabric made with no-bleed yarns and has no crocking.

    www.fishertextiles.com





  • + Air Mesh 120 is now available from Ricky

    This PVC FREE mesh is ideal for banners, flags, beach flags and wall coverings. It is extremely lightweight and has high air permeability. With excellent print quality using dye-sub, U...

    February 04 2020

    This PVC FREE mesh is ideal for banners, flags, beach flags and wall coverings.

    It is extremely lightweight and has high air permeability. With excellent print quality using dye-sub, UV or latex inks, you will be able to create vibrant colours using Air Mesh 120.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + Epson Australia Debuts First Industrial Direct-to-Garment Printer Bringing New Levels of Customisation to Growing Digital Textile Market

    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity & Efficiency Showcase to be held at XO Studios, 10 Lincoln Street, Brunsw...

    January 28 2020

    Epson Australia will debut the new SureColor F3060, its first industrial direct-to-garment printer, at its Productivity & Efficiency Showcase to be held at XO Studios, 10 Lincoln Street, Brunswick East, VIC 3057 on 20 and 21 February 2020. To register for and to attend the event click here
     
    Designed to provide low total cost of ownership (TCO) and reliability for exceptional performance and savings in high-production print shop environments, the SureColor F3060 is Epson’s first direct-to-garment printer to leverage dual printhead technology and a bulk ink pack system, providing remarkably low ink cost and minimised waste compared to Epson cartridge systems. It touts all new automatic garment height adjustment and easy user maintenance features to increase production and reduce downtime for garment print shops creating custom apparel.

    Designed for mid-to-large size garment printers looking for a high-production, cost-effective equipment, the SureColor F3060 can produce a full-size shirt in about a minute, allowing shops to print hundreds of shirts per day.

    Ideal for digitally printing custom garments on variety of fabric types including cotton, linen and rayon, the SureColor F3060 is designed to meet the increasing market demand for unique clothing driven by the millennial population.
     
    The printer leverages a new dual 2.6-inch PrecisionCore® printhead for high-quality output at production speeds with true one-pass printing for both colour and White ink. Coupled with the first bulk ink system integrated into an Epson direct-to-garment printer, it is capable of housing 1.5 litres per colour and 3.0 litres of White ink for less frequent refilling, lower operating costs, and less waste.  

    First ever automatic printhead height adjustment is set based on garment thickness and texture for optimal print quality without user interference, and easily switches between thin t-shirts and thick sweatshirts with less downtime between garments. Built for reliability, the SureColor F3060 features an ultra-durable linear rail system and CNC milled print carriage, designed for years of production, and features user serviceable parts, including printheads, and low maintenance time ideal for high production print on-demand service providers, fulfilment houses and in-house print on-demand production.

    More about the SureColor F3060

    Delivering high image quality, productivity and reliability in an affordable, highly intuitive design, the SureColor F3060 offers advanced features for the garment printing industry, including:
    • PrecisionCore Printhead Technology – Dual 10-channel printheads with 16,000 nozzles delivering industrial quality output at impressive production speeds
    • Bulk Ink System – Replaceable bulk ink packs for less frequent ink refilling and lower costs compared to our ink cartridge systems
    • High-Quality Direct-to-Garment Printing – Epson UltraChrome® DG inks* are durable, vibrant and safe, with outstanding colour performance, plus equal pricing for colour and White inks 
    • Automatic Printhead Adjustment – Optimised for garment thickness for improved print quality without user intervention
    • Low Total Cost of Ownership – Low maintenance time and cost with dedicated cleaning solution channels and fabric head wiper system
    • Fast Loading for More Productivity – Easy-to-use, all-new quick-load platen reduces traditional hoop platen load times
    • Intuitive, Easy-to-Learn Workflow – Updated Epson Garment Creator Software, available for macOS® and Windows®, includes cost estimator, text tools, hot folders, and automation SDK
    • Designed Exclusively for Direct-to-Garment Printing – An entirely purpose-built system featuring Epson’s PrecisionCore printhead, Epson UltraChrome DG ink system and robust hardware
    • Scale Seamlessly – Scale production capability with additional printers featuring an easily repositionable compact design
     
    Australian pricing and availability details will be announced after February’s Productivity & Efficiency Showcase.
     
    To register for and to attend the event click here





  • + be tex. Green Samba FR is now available from Ricky.

    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustainability in the printable textiles industry. be.tex® Green Samba FR has al...

    January 07 2020

    Consisting of yarn obtained from recycled plastic bottles, this printable textile leads the way when it comes to sustainability in the printable textiles industry. be.tex® Green Samba FR has all the same features and delivers the same high-end quality print as world leading backlit textile, Samba, but the fact it uses recycled materials makes a positive alternative for the more environmentally conscious. 

    Ideal for light boxes, inflatables, display frame systems, banners, stand construction, bean bags and tablecloths.

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au






  • + ColDesi, Inc. Announces New DTG G4 T-Shirt Printer

    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.” Commented Mark Stephenson, Director of Marketing. With more th...

    January 07 2020

    “Cutting edge, NEW technology is what’s at the heart of the G4 Direct to Garment Printer from ColDesi.” Commented Mark Stephenson, Director of Marketing.

    With more than 50 years of combined experience in digital printing, embroidery, and the bling industry, ColDesi is excited to announce the release of their new, innovative direct-to-garment printer.

    Designed for speed and functionality, the cutting-edge DTG G4 features a patented Vacuum Platen, custom designed Kodacolor inks and a new touch screen interface.

    New Product Highlights:

     Time saving vaccuum platen (no hooping required)
     Custom formulated inks with higher saturation & density
     Self-regulated maintence
     Onboard print queue for PC-free operation

    “The Vacuum Platen can easily save 15-20 seconds, or even more, of loading and unloading garments,” DTG Product Manager Jerid Hill said. “High productivity isn’t only about how fast the printer prints, it’s also material handling, the G4 Vacuum Platen absolutely increases productivity, even on printers with similar speeds.”

    ColDesi reports that the majority of the maintenance for the G4 is self-regulated. Hill noted that this give users more confidence that they will have perfect prints.

    The G4 uses custom inks, powered by Kodacolor from Kodak, that have been specifically formulated for direct to garment printing.

    “Since we couple the Kodacolor inks with our G4 printer, the increased densities of ink and higher saturation of colors allows the G4 to print faster and use less ink,” Hill said.

    The G4 also contains an onboard print queue, allowing users to save time during production.

    “I’m positive the G4 will not only be a great experience for the end user, but it has the potential to make non-believers of DTG our spokespeople,” Hill said.

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  • + Two new printable textiles are now available from Ricky!

    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boost coating specifically developed for dye sub printing. You can achieve very d...

    November 26 2019

    be.tex Flash Light FR is a fine knitted textile with a special light diffusion coating for light boxes and a colour boost coating specifically developed for dye sub printing. You can achieve very deep blacks and sharp prints with be.tex Flash Light FR and it is ideal for light boxes and displays.

    e.tex Latfinity FR is a woven polyester backlit textile designed for latex printing. It is 100% recyclable and delivers a perfect black colour without shine through. 

    If you would like further information, contact one of the Print Media experts today on 029735 3333 or sales@rickyrichards.com.au





  • + SMALLEST DTG-CAPABLE DRYER NOW IN 76 CM WIDTH

    The LittleRed X1D Dryer, designed to match the output of DTG printing systems, is now available with a 76 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater flexibility to the small shop operator, it was anno...

    August 20 2019

    The LittleRed X1D Dryer, designed to match the output of DTG printing systems, is now available with a 76 cm wide conveyor belt, offering greater flexibility to the small shop operator, it was announced by Mark Vasilantone, president.

    Equipped with a 61 cm wide heater, this dryer can cure up to 29 garments per hour DTG-printed with digital white ink at 2 minutes dwell time, as well as screen-printed garments at rates to 65 per hour for water-based ink or discharge, and 150 per hour for plastisols.

    By curing DTG-printed garments in an infrared conveyor dryer, the garments avoid the flattened, ironed-on appearance and halo associated with heat-pressing of printed images.

    The dryer can also be employed to dry the pretreatment, relegating the heat press to flattening of raised fibres prior to printing with a one second 'touch' per garment.
    As standard, it is equipped with features found on the company's larger DTG-capable dryers including adjustable belt-to-heater clearance to accommodate bulky items, a dual digital PID temperature controller accurate to ±1°C, and an X-Series conveyor belt roller tracking system with Teflon-coated fibreglass belt. A powered exhaust removes moisture and air contaminants at a rate of 5 CMM, while cooling the housing and controls.  

    The heaters of all Vastex dryers carry an industry-leading 15-year warranty, and feature closely spaced coils that provide high-density, medium-wavelength infrared heat for maximum cure speed without cold spots or under curing associated with conventional units.

    Fully expandable, the X1D-30 can accommodate additional heating chambers and belt extensions as business needs grow. 

    The company also offers DTG-capable conveyor dryers in widths up to 198 cm with capacities of up to 185 DTG-printed garments per hour, up to 555 per hour screen printed with water-based ink and discharge, and up to 1080 per hour screen printed with plastisol ink.

    Vastex also manufactures heavy-, medium- and light-duty presses, athletic numbering systems, flash cure units, screen coaters, screen exposing units, screen drying cabinets, pin registration systems, washout booths and complete equipment packages for entry-level to large commercial shops. 

    For information contact Vastex International, Inc., +1 610 625 2702, www.vastex.com





  • + AFI BRANDING LAUNCHES NATIONAL SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE

    AFI Branding, an Australian leader in fabric signage solutions, is launching a sustainability initiative, the first of its kind in the Australian signage industry. On 1st August 2019,...

    July 25 2019

    AFI Branding, an Australian leader in fabric signage solutions, is launching a sustainability initiative, the first of its kind in the Australian signage industry.

    On 1st August 2019, AFI Branding, in partnership with BlockTexx, will launch its ‘be sustainable’ initiative, a fabric takeback scheme where all fabric printed by AFI Branding can now be directly returned for recycling. Mimco, a long term partner of AFI Branding, is the first retailer to join the initiative. AFI Branding is inviting the return of printed fabrics to its headquarters in Carrum Downs, Victoria where it will be sorted and separated and provided to BlockTexx for repurposing, all within Australia. Through the program, AFI and Blocktexx aim to divert 100 tonnes of fabric from retail in the first year alone.





    Glenn Watson, Managing Director at AFI Branding says: “At AFI Branding, we print over 15,000m2 of fabric per month. So we recognise that we have an important role to play in sustainability. After supplying the signage for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year, we were able to recycle many components but not all within Australia. We wanted to change this. We’ve spent a long time researching a 
    solution and we are really excited to have created this initiative alongside BlockTexx.”

    AFI Branding supply a range of industries within Australia including retail, events and exhibitions and Mimco, Best and Less, and Myer are amongst its client base. The company is confident the scheme will make a significant difference to their customers and to Australian landfill. With AFI’s client’s participation we estimate we can divert over 100 tonnes per year rising to 300 tonnes in year 3.

    Mimco is the first retail partner to join the initiative and will commence returning fabric next month with the official launch. Brad Poett, VM Production Manager at Mimco says: “Mimco has proudly been using AFI’s ReFrame system for many years now. Working towards our goal of promoting a good business journey through sustainable processes, we are proud to have worked with AFI Branding through the formative stages of this program. We are so happy that the recycling process will now be available locally and to more clients of AFI.”

    ‘be sustainable’ – how the initiative works

    - Client returns fabric to AFI Branding in Carrum downs, Victoria
    - Fabric is sorted and separated and stored at AFI Branding
    - Naked fabric transported to BlockTexx textile waste recycling centre from January 2020 onwards
    - BlockTexx S.O.F.T.™ process: from fabric separation, BlockTexx creates two high quality recycled materials - 
              - rPET for use in textiles, packaging, food containers, bottles and building products.
              - Powdered Cellulose for use in textiles, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and food products.

    BlockTexx Co-Founder Adrian Jones welcomed the partnership and said textile waste in Australia is beginning to gain the recognition it needs from government, industry bodies and forward-thinking companies like AFI Branding.

    “Stakeholder collaboration is key to achieving commercial scale impact and making a real difference in diverting textile waste from landfill,” Mr Jones said.

    “We will begin processing in January 2020, and it is our goal to divert 35,000 tonnes of textile waste from landfill each year. This partnership is a big step towards achieving this goal.”





    For more information on the scheme visit www.afibranding.com.au or to sign up contact AFI Branding on 1300 652 514.