Ricoh Launches New Under-$5,000 Desktop Garment Printer

Yesterday,  Ricoh USA launched a new direct-to-garment (DTG) printer, the Ri 100, which enables users to produce high-quality applications on a variety of fabrics. The RICOH Ri 100 is a color inkjet desktop unit, and is said to be suitable even for businesses not traditionally dedicated to print, such as souvenir shops and small businesses.

According to Ricoh, MSRP for the RICOH Ri 100, heating unit, software, and other accessories will be less than $5,000, which it says is significantly lower than that of traditional DTG printers. Ricoh also says its ink costs are among the lowest in the industry, helping to keep total cost of ownership low, as well.

Ricoh notes that businesses, municipalities. and other organizations have long recognized the value of branded t-shirts, canvas bags, pillows, and other printed-fabric items, but concerns with cost, customization, and control have prevented many from taking advantage of fabric printing. It says that the RICOH Ri 100 eliminates those concerns by putting the power of DTG printing directly in the hands of these organizations, while allowing for cost-effective one-off and short-run prints to help meet demand.

Users can choose between ready-out-of-the-box Ricoh Design Software to create and print designs, or a Ricoh RPCS driver, the latter of which allows users to create designs with their preferred software of their choice before printing.

The Ri 100 is also bundled with a heating system that removes wrinkles from fabric, creating a smooth surface for printing, and then cures the ink after printing, helping to fix the design in place for long-lasting, colorfast prints. Ricoh says that the heating unit was designed with simplicity and safety in mind, helping those new to DTG printing easily produce a finished product.

The firm also says that the Ri 100 was designed with safety as a top priority. For instance, the design is said to enable even beginners to pre-heat, print, and use the garment finisher to fix their design’s ink safely. Periodic maintenance is performed automatically and semi-automatically through simple programmed processes.

The Ri 100 joins the RICOH Ri 3000/Ri 6000 printers in building upon Ricoh and AnaJet’s (a Ricoh company) history of garment printing. The Ri 100 prints at up to 1,200 x 1,200 dpi resolution in vivid mode, leveraging Ricoh’s inkjet print heads and modular ink-drop-size technology.

The RICOH Ri 100 will become available in the United States this spring, and is currently on display at the CES tradeshow in Las Vegas in booth 42964, from January 9-12, 2018.

For more information, visit Ricoh here.

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