HP Enters Textile-Printing Market with New HP Stitch Printers
HP Inc. has its hand in a broad range of printing segments – from small office, enterprise, packaging, production, commercial, and 3D printing – and today added a new print segment to that portfolio: textile printing, for printing on sportswear and fashion items, decor products, and soft signage.
HP signaled its entry into the textile-printing market today with its announcement of the new HP Stitch S series, a portfolio of digital textile printers that it says deliver fast, precise color-matching, alongside with simplified processes. The new wide-format printers use dye-sublimation printing. With dye-sub printing, heat is used to transfer dyes onto paper, plastic, or fabric. Image quality is typically very high quality, with near-photographic image quality.
Santi Morera, head of HP Inc.’s Graphics Solutions Business, explained that: “Décor and fashion application trends, on-demand production and personalization are boosting digital print growth. The digitally printed textiles market is experiencing double-digit annual growth, forecast to reach $5.5 billion by 2023, according to Smithers Pira. We look forward to more digital print transformations being realized with the arrival of the new HP Stitch S series.”
The portfolio of printers couple HP Thermal Inkjet technology with industry-standard dyes for superior color durability, and a first-ever built-in spectrophotometer that’s said to enables Stitch’s fast and exact color-matching.
The introduction includes three new printers from 64-inch to 126-inch wide: the HP Stitch S300 64-inch Printer, HP Stitch S500 64-inch Printer, and HP Stitch S1000 126-inch Printer.
The HP Stitch S300 Printer incorporates the first user-replaceable print head, which HP says provides reduced down-times and service costs. It was designed specifically for new-to-dye sublimation professionals, prototyping departments, and growing print providers.
According to Teunis Roos of Color Concepts, “Our experience with HP Stitch S300 has been much easier and faster than other dye-sub printers we’ve previously used. Most printers require manual action in terms of head maintenance and alignment. The HP Stitch S300 is more proactive and automated when it comes to performance. We’ve experienced a 50 percent reduction in time with the HP Stitch solution.”
The HP Stitch S500 Printer is said to enable predictable dye-sublimation color printing and less media waste for production environments. With a symmetrical 2xCMYK print-head configuration and Optical Media Advance Sensor, HP says that this 64-inch printer allows for saturated and reliable one-pass mode “for true top speed.” The HP Stitch S500 Printer was designed specifically for high-volume production sites.
Key HP Stitch S500 Printer features include:
- Streamlined production
- Large ink supplies, larger rolls, and HP’s Tension-Sensing Winder allow unattended operations, even overnight, complete with HP Services and cloud-fleet management tools.
- Consistent color printing with HP SmartColor tools, with color consistency from printer to printer.
- Avoid reprints and media waste with 1,200 native dpi resolution print heads and HP Smart Nozzle Compensation system, saving up to 50-percent floor space with a front media loading and a spindle-less system.
New HP Dye-Sublimation Paper
HP also launched a set of new dye-sublimation papers for the Stitch S Printer series. These papers are designed and tested as a system with HP dye-sublimation inks and the HP Stitch S Printer series to achieve best image quality and color consistency.
The HP Stitch S300 and S500 Printer series, as well as dye-sublimation paper, are available now and will be showcased at ISA 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, from April 24-26.
The 126-inch HP Stitch S1000 Printer can be seen at ISA 2019 under exclusive invitation and will make its debut at FESPA 2019 in May.
Visit HP here for more information the Stitch series.
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