A soft touch
Developed for textile printers and large-format print houses, the Softjet digital dye-sublimation printer has been launched by Gandy Digital. The machine provides high-resolution printing, curing via sublimation heaters and cutting capabilities in a single integrated production solution for short- to long-run full-colour output.
This roll-to-roll direct-to-fabric printer is described as the ideal platform for companies keen to engage with the potentially lucrative soft signage market or those companies already involved but now wishing to expand their service capabilities. The printer is suitable for a wide range of applications, including flags, banners, point-of-sale promotional displays, wall graphics and wall coverings.
The 1200 dpi printer which is available in a choice of print widths (1.88, 2.54 and 3.35 metres) and offers both four- and six-colour print options, incorporates the latest Ricoh Gen 4 and Gen 5 print heads that use dye-sublimation technology for superior colour vibrancy. Thanks also to the use of water-based inks and the low energy consumption of the Softjet, environmental issues are comprehensively addressed in order to complement those of Gandy Digital customers.
The Softjet also delivers consistent and reputedly superior sublimation control across the entire print width by comparison with similarly positioned DTP solutions. This feature is said to eradicate temperature fluctuations and problems with colour variation.