As its latest entry into the digital textile printing segment, Epson has introduced its new hybrid SureColor® F2270 printer. The SureColor(r) F2270 is a hybrid printer that can print directly to film and direct to garment. It offers DTFilm capabilities while minimizing environmental impact. The SureColor F2270 is also capable of transfering to a variety materials, including unique-shaped items.
“The SureColor F2270 is a mid-level printer, slotting between the SureColor F3070 high volume printer for production houses, and the SureColor F2100 for mid-level volume printing, such as 100 shirts for an event. The SureColor F2270 reaches into a more commercial lower level,” Tim Check, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc., noted.
The printer will be available from August 2023 at an estimated MSRP $18,995 through Epson Authorized Professional Imaging resellers.
Check noted that the SureColor F2270 is Epson’s third-generation mid-level DTG system, and the improvements were based on customer feedback. He noted that beta testing had shown the ease of use.
“What we heard from our customers is the importance of doing it right the first time, reducing waste and demand for resources,” said Check. “You don’t want 80% to be usable. You want sellable print quality the first time every time, whether it’s on a tote bag, a T-shirt or shoes.”
The SureColor F2270 hybrid printer implements Epson’s new PrecisionCore® MicroTFP printhead with Nozzle Verification Technology, which should make the printer’s life easier.
“We are focusing on how we build for quality and having the system run reliably,” Check said. “The latest of our PrecisionCore printheads are self-aware with Nozzle Verification Technology, which knows where every droplet goes, and it will compensate if there are some nozzles out. It knows what color needs to be cleaned and what the optimal level of cleaning on which color needs to be done, so it doesn’t go through a whole cycle if it isn’t needed.”
As for inks, new UltraChrome® DG2 ink offers vibrant colors and sharp detail at up to 20% faster when printing on dark garments, compared to the previous generation model with printing 13.6” x 16.0” dark garments at default print quality, the company noted.
“UltraChrome DG2 is a new ink chemistry, designed for greater clarity and reduced bleed,” Check reported. “It offers a CMKY+White ink set, which produces bolder colors. The inks are Oeko-Tex Eco Passport compliant and come in sealed packs of ink, not cartridges. The pack comes in an ink pouch, so there is 70% less landfill space.”
A new touch in the mid-level line is automatic garment optimization. This measures thickness by using multiple sensors. This allows the printers to automatically adjust printhead height to optimize print quality.
“Epson has had garment thickness optimization on our industrial lines and is now bringing it to mid-level printers,” Check said. “The printer creates a height map for what you want to print on, such as a shirt pocket.”
The Epson Garment Creator 2 improves the processing speed and the high-resolution process, while Epson Cloud Solution Port allows the print shop manager track production in real time. The SureColor F2270 is equipped with a 4.3 inch touchscreen interface and ergonomically placed buttons.
“Our Epson Garment Creator 2 software makes it easy for users,” said Check. “And the updated Cloud Solution PORT cloud-based system monitors the printers and offers remote support. Additionally, Epson sells the SD-10 color spectrophotometer, that’s compatible with the SureColor F2270, for color selection and color matching.”
The most important thing is to create designs that the customers will love and eliminate waste.
“The SureColor F2270 is designed for users and suppliers alike,” Check said. “Our goal is to create fashionable garments that people are going to love. This allows designers to come up with cool designs, and if you do it right and the customers want those products, you end up with a lot less waste, save a lot of time and money, and the customers are less likely to throw these items away.”