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3 Sixty scores a UK first

3 Sixty scores a UK first
Cardiff-based 3 Sixty has installed an EFI VUTEk FabriVU 340i + from CMYUK. The investment provides the company with greater capacity and will be used to output a range of innovative eco textiles that are available exclusively from CMYUK.

Richard Inkin, 3 Sixty’s Managing Director, explained: “The new VUTEk FabriVU 340i + continues our strategy of investing in cutting edge equipment and the most advanced proven materials available today. We like to take the lead and it was the right time to invest in this new EFI technology.”

3 Sixty, which was founded in 2010 and became an early adopter of dye sublimation printing, offers a fully integrated service that includes design, manufacturing, printing, installation, and project management. The business supports some of the world’s biggest brands operating in four main market sectors – retail, events, exhibitions and leisure. Currently, textile printing accounts for 40 percent of the company’s business, but Richard expects this to increase to 60 percent in the next nine months. This is in part due to the arrival of new materials that the company is currently testing with CMYUK, which will come to market in the autumn, and which, Richard believes, will be a gamechanger for its customer base. The presence of the new FabriVU 340i + will enable the business to keep abreast of the expected uplift in throughput.

One major advantage of the VUTEk 340i + is the machine’s ability to print direct to substrate, thus facilitating an increase in colour depth and vibrancy and enhancing the quality of the printed output. This printer is perfect for use with all textile materials, including backlit, frontlit, blackback and flag. It can handle both direct transfer and paper sublimation processes, while the presence of an inline fixation unit eliminates the need for a separate heat press – saving time, money and floor space.

 EFI is an established leader in digital industrial textile printing and the VUTEk FabriVU 340i + arguably offers customers the widest application range, the lowest TCO in the market, the highest income yield, and the lowest acquisition cost. The new generation 340i + also offers a number of benefits over the current 340i platform. It features eight Kyocera printheads rather than four, doubling the resolution from 300 to 600dpi, and increases POP output speeds by 48 percent when compared to the current VUTEk 340i model.

A newly refined heat plate design ensures improved temperature uniformity, with three available heat settings that work within a tolerance of a single degree. There is also less outgassing, but with the same level of colour intensity, while a new flag ink removal kit allows the technology to manage high ink volumes without touching the loaded material. In addition, an optional vacuum plate for transfer paper that is field upgradable will be available soon.

3 Sixty has worked very closely with CMYUK for over 12 years. Ben Newton, joint owner of 3 Sixty, observed: “CMYUK is a key partner both on equipment and materials. It understands our business very well and we trust the team implicitly. The calibre of people who work there is very impressive and they offer a great deal of knowledge and expertise which is communicated very well through impeccable customer service.

Brett Platt, CMYUK’s Textiles Business Manager commented: “The new FabriVU 340i + is exciting a great deal of interest in the market as it offers a real opportunity for customers to expand their business offerings. Its versatility allows for both direct transfer and paper sublimation, with inline fixing switched on as and when required. The newly designed heat plate and daily maintenance improvements make it very quick and easy to remove liquid glycol, the bi-product of dye sublimation gasses, all of which adds to the printer’s overall operational benefits.”

The new 340i + will be on display at CMYUK’s forthcoming Printer Production Open House Event, which takes place on 18th – 19th May. For further information, visit:

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