The ONLY Triple Purpose Printing System:

  • Print Fabric With In Line Fixation
  • Print Fabric With Off Line Fixation
  • Print Sublimation Paper

The ATPColor Karta 330 platform offer our newest dye sublimation textile printer platform based on the superfast, high resolution Kyocera head technology.

.....it could have been the ATPColor choice of ink; their better sublimation system; and the choice of media used in their demo room. But for grand-format size, I found their color what you need: namely COLORFUL.

Nicholas Hellmut

Why We Are Different

 

Direct printing on fabric and sublimation, with contact calender

 

 

Advantages

 

 

1) Direct printing on fabric guarantees beyond any possible doubt better penetration of the ink/pigment in textile substrate so that printing on media like flag can achieve a high see-through effect, you are putting the ink directly on the substrate and you are not transferring it with sublimation;

 

2) You do not use the transfer paper for sublimation and the protective paper;

 

3) The easiest work-flow, when the printer is stable and printing unattended the production capabilities can run up in an nu-beatable way; When printing on sublimation paper or directly on fabric and then fixing on an external calender the work flow is quite long and.....the first job you will print will be the last one out from your printing system in other words it will be FILO, First In Last Out. An integrated fixation unit in a printing system can deliver production in a First Come First bases, FIFO First In First Out;

 

4) The integrated print system is extremely flexible and easy to manage;

 

5) These systems are normally significantly compact;

 

6) Very high enthalpy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthalpy, i.e. the system is very efficient, in other words it produces  a very good and even color fixation with vibrant color;

 

7) It is the only system that can combine the benefit of the direct printing and the experience of the calender transferring;

 

8) When the format are particularly wide, 2,6mt or 3,3mt the cost of such a calender it is quite relevant, in some perspective it could be that with the cost of only the calender you can buy a complete integrated system printer and fixation unit;

 

 

Disadvantages

 

 

1) Because we are no longer printing on paper, instead we are printing directly onto the fabric, it is necessary to use a plotter that has been designed and engineered to print directly on fabric. Because fabric does not have the same characteristics and dimensional stability as paper, a more advanced feeding system is necessary. Although you may find commercially available plotters that have had various systems added and modifications made to accomplish this, what is most important is being able to have precise control of advancement of the fabric. Without control of media feeding speeds, acceleration ramps, etc, the phenomenon of “banding” can occur on some or all media.

 

2) In most cases it is not possible to use a simple polyester because the ink will migrate on polyester fibers, so that it is necessary to use fabric that has been prepared for digital printing;

 

3) Depending on the printer engineering you could waste meters of fabric before you can start printing and meters wasted at the end of the printing, take this into consideration;

 

4) Each print system has its fixation unit but is generally cheaper than a single calender;

 

5) Some manufacture can offer an upgrade path, when a new plotter (more color or more speed) will be released they can swap one plotter with the other preserving the investment on the calender, otherwise this investment will have the life time of its related plotter;

 

6) The cost of a plotter designed for direct printing on fabric is greater than a plotter to print on paper, vinyl;

 

7) It is necessary to carry out a periodic cleaning of the calender to remove any impurities that settled during the heat, unless the manufacture developed different solutions;

 

 

Risks during the printing phase/fixation

 

 

1) Here you have a contact between the media and the calender surface, this contact depends strictly on the designs of the system, you can have system with the contact on the printer surface, with thee contact on the rear surface or with both, the more flexibility you can have at this level the better it is, it can prevent ghosting and replica problems;

 

2) When the ink in its gaseous state is not pressured or forced in any way to be in contact with the media those gases may create defects “smoking effect” especially between colored area and white ones, this problem it is more visible when using sublimation inks instead of direct disperse;

 

3) If the feeding system of the fabric is not specifically designed for the fabric but it is a quick and easy modification of the paper feeding system you can have a printout that has a length of 200cm, the same one printed after it will be 205cm and again the same it can be of 197cm, this happen when every step of the media is not constant and does not take into account the difficulties of the media;

 

4) Depending on the inks used it can be that you need to wash the output, in this perspective it is very important NOT to use standard sublimation inks (the ones used in the “traditional process”) because those inks have a brownish carrier that will stay on the media surface and it will be NOT fixed. When some water goes on the media you will have black/brownish stain of ink, it will be a disaster when you will have colored area beside white ones. This will not happen if you will use inks dedicated to the direct printing because the carrier it is transparent. If you have a colored stain it means that the fixation it has not been good enough.

 

5) You need to control the media that it is loaded in the system, some media has coatings that will stick on the calender reducing it operability and creating potential problems of ghosting;

 

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Why We Are Different

 

Direct printing on fabric and sublimation, with contact calender

 

 

Advantages

 

 

1) Direct printing on fabric guarantees beyond any possible doubt better penetration of the ink/pigment in textile substrate so that printing on media like flag can achieve a high see-through effect, you are putting the ink directly on the substrate and you are not transferring it with sublimation;

 

2) You do not use the transfer paper for sublimation and the protective paper;

 

3) The easiest work-flow, when the printer is stable and printing unattended the production capabilities can run up in an nu-beatable way; When printing on sublimation paper or directly on fabric and then fixing on an external calender the work flow is quite long and.....the first job you will print will be the last one out from your printing system in other words it will be FILO, First In Last Out. An integrated fixation unit in a printing system can deliver production in a First Come First bases, FIFO First In First Out;

 

4) The integrated print system is extremely flexible and easy to manage;

 

5) These systems are normally significantly compact;

 

6) Very high enthalpy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enthalpy, i.e. the system is very efficient, in other words it produces  a very good and even color fixation with vibrant color;

 

7) It is the only system that can combine the benefit of the direct printing and the experience of the calender transferring;

 

8) When the format are particularly wide, 2,6mt or 3,3mt the cost of such a calender it is quite relevant, in some perspective it could be that with the cost of only the calender you can buy a complete integrated system printer and fixation unit;

 

 

Disadvantages

 

 

1) Because we are no longer printing on paper, instead we are printing directly onto the fabric, it is necessary to use a plotter that has been designed and engineered to print directly on fabric. Because fabric does not have the same characteristics and dimensional stability as paper, a more advanced feeding system is necessary. Although you may find commercially available plotters that have had various systems added and modifications made to accomplish this, what is most important is being able to have precise control of advancement of the fabric. Without control of media feeding speeds, acceleration ramps, etc, the phenomenon of “banding” can occur on some or all media.

 

2) In most cases it is not possible to use a simple polyester because the ink will migrate on polyester fibers, so that it is necessary to use fabric that has been prepared for digital printing;

 

3) Depending on the printer engineering you could waste meters of fabric before you can start printing and meters wasted at the end of the printing, take this into consideration;

 

4) Each print system has its fixation unit but is generally cheaper than a single calender;

 

5) Some manufacture can offer an upgrade path, when a new plotter (more color or more speed) will be released they can swap one plotter with the other preserving the investment on the calender, otherwise this investment will have the life time of its related plotter;

 

6) The cost of a plotter designed for direct printing on fabric is greater than a plotter to print on paper, vinyl;

 

7) It is necessary to carry out a periodic cleaning of the calender to remove any impurities that settled during the heat, unless the manufacture developed different solutions;

 

 

Risks during the printing phase/fixation

 

 

1) Here you have a contact between the media and the calender surface, this contact depends strictly on the designs of the system, you can have system with the contact on the printer surface, with thee contact on the rear surface or with both, the more flexibility you can have at this level the better it is, it can prevent ghosting and replica problems;

 

2) When the ink in its gaseous state is not pressured or forced in any way to be in contact with the media those gases may create defects “smoking effect” especially between colored area and white ones, this problem it is more visible when using sublimation inks instead of direct disperse;

 

3) If the feeding system of the fabric is not specifically designed for the fabric but it is a quick and easy modification of the paper feeding system you can have a printout that has a length of 200cm, the same one printed after it will be 205cm and again the same it can be of 197cm, this happen when every step of the media is not constant and does not take into account the difficulties of the media;

 

4) Depending on the inks used it can be that you need to wash the output, in this perspective it is very important NOT to use standard sublimation inks (the ones used in the “traditional process”) because those inks have a brownish carrier that will stay on the media surface and it will be NOT fixed. When some water goes on the media you will have black/brownish stain of ink, it will be a disaster when you will have colored area beside white ones. This will not happen if you will use inks dedicated to the direct printing because the carrier it is transparent. If you have a colored stain it means that the fixation it has not been good enough.

 

5) You need to control the media that it is loaded in the system, some media has coatings that will stick on the calender reducing it operability and creating potential problems of ghosting;