T-Shirt and Sons has been in the t-shirt printing business since the late 1980s. Now based in Westbury, UK, these long-term textile printing pros who produce 40,000 shirts a week were the ideal testimonial for Epson’s new SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment inkjet printer, using UltraChrome DG ink technology.
“The quality of color is so much better than anyone else’s ink system,” Andy Lunt, the company’s director and co-founder, says in a video produced by Epson. “The brightness is second to none … the quality is as bright as a screen print, which is unusual for digital print.” (Watch the video below for more from Lunt’s operation.)
Epson’s new technology makes it possible to create an abundance of vibrant colored t-shirts with ease and speed. The printer holds six high-capacity cartridges in two different sizes, ensuring versatility of color on garments. The three different sizes of garment platens as well as a sleeve platen allows for custom printing of each garment.
“It’s very simple,” Lunt explains. “You upload an image, click on it, set parameters and the size you want to print it out, position it and off you go.”
The hoop-based system makes garment loading simple, and the user-adjustable platen height setting allows you to create an assortment of t-shirts easily. The automatic height verification system uses an LED beam to detect height, notably reducing print time.
Uploading designs for the t-shirts is effortless with the help of the USB memory for PC free printing, and the LCD display with full image preview lets you view the image before it’s printed. A clear window top is also present so you can oversee the printing process with an unobstructed view.
“The prints that they produce are by far the best I’ve seen of any desktop inkjet printer for textiles,” Lunt says. “I think you’ll probably get bored of the print before the print falls off the shirt.”
Learn more about the Epson SureColor F2000 in the video below.