Introducing the EPSON SureColor F2100 Direct-to-Garment Printer

When Epson unveiled the original SureColor F2000 printer a few years ago, it set the benchmark in high-performance direct-to-garment imaging. With the announcement of the new SureColor F2100 White Edition, Epson has raised the DTG bar again, offering improvements in productivity, print quality and reliability.

Compared to screen printing, this DTG technology significantly simplifies digitally printing t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and more, whether you’re printing one or 100.

One of the factors contributing to the improvement of image quality, print speed and brightness is a second coating of white ink and simultaneous printing of color and white inks. As is the case with the F2000, the Epson pretreatment fluid is required when using white ink, as it aids in the durability and opacity of the ink. Also, Epson’s Precision Dot technology features variable size ink droplet control for better print quality and 10% greater range of color.

The latest Epson DTG technology requires minimal user maintenance because of the inline automatic cleaning system. With this upgrade, no ink is used during the cleaning process and there’s no need to manually wash the tubes after daily use. Total time of maintenance has dropped to about 10 minutes per week, lessening the ink waste and labor cost associated with printer upkeep.

The SureColor F2100 will start shipping in March. If you have questions about bringing garment printing in-house to offer custom images for your clients or for more information on the Epson SureColor F2100, contact a LexJet sales representative at 800-453-9538.

Thesis Exhibits Get Graphic with LexJet Print-N-Stick

When designer Nathan Lambert of Full Color, Inc., a professional printing lab in Dallas, needed to put together his master of arts thesis exhibit along with a handful of his peers, he opted for an easy-to-use product that would work on all surfaces, floor to ceiling.

“For these big final presentations, we used LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric everywhere,” Lambert says. “We printed all the wall graphics, and used it for floor graphic and pedestals, too.”

Throughout the exhibit hall, Lambert and his peers put together elaborate displays that featured topics like color therapy, gender identity, mobile fresh markets and superhero archetypes. Lambert’s thesis discussed the benefits of contemporary middle school uniforms.

Epson’s S60600 a “Well Thought-Out Machine” for New FASTSIGNS Shop

When Liz Allen’s entrepreneurial spirit kicked in, and she decided to open up a FASTSIGNS franchise in Oviedo, Fla., she had a number of items on her to-do list, but perhaps few as important as purchasing a wide-format printer for the shop. When attending the ISA Sign Expo in Orlando earlier this year, she jumped on a discount offered in a show special, and purchased an Epson SureColor S60600 64-inch solvent printer from LexJet.

The Epson SureColor S60600 at FASTSIGNS Store 2106 in Oviedo, Fla.
The Epson SureColor S60600 at FASTSIGNS Store 2106 in Oviedo, Fla.

“FASTSIGNS did recommend the Epson,” Allen says. “We chose it because of its speed. It was three times faster than the other printer we looked at.”

Allen opened her new FASTSIGNS store in July, and because she’s new to wide-format printing, she hired Mike Howell, a seasoned sign shop printer, to manage production of banners, floor graphics, magnets and more of the shop’s offerings.

“I’ve been in the sign business for 30 years,” Howell says. “I saw the Epson printer when I was at FASTSIGNS corporate office, so I was able to get my hands on the printer. It’s very quick — a lot faster than a lot of the other machines I’ve used.”