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The SureColor F7170 will allow newer designers and smaller startups to try their hand at prints. The dye sublimation printing mechanism which uses Epson’s proprietary MicroPiezo TFP printhead is capable of 720 x 1440 dpi. It can print on surfaces up to 63” wide and was designed to print extended lengths of fabric at a time.
The SureColor F7170 was designed to enable digital textile producers to increase productivity, minimize downtime and maximize profitability,” said Catalina Frank, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “[The printer’s] industrial-level performance enables customers to manage high-quality dye-sublimation printing across a range of applications all day, every day.
Dye sublimation works a lot like “iron-on”. One drawback is that it prints only on “synthetic materials” that are reactive to heat like polyester. Cotton, silk and leather, common high-end materials, will not work with Epson SC F7170.
The printer is priced at $19,995.
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