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Cheshire-based textiles print specialist RA Smart has launched a direct-to-film (DtF) printer for the garment printing market.

The RA Smart DTF Solution comprises a 60m width roll printer and inline powder coating/curing unit that is able to make ‘highly durable’ fade- and crack-resistant heat-transfer prints on almost any fabric without requiring pre-treatment. There is white ink support to enable printing onto dark or strongly-coloured fabrics.

The printer has two printheads and offers print resolution of 720 x 1080dpi across a maximum width of 600mm and ships with CadLink Digital Factory, DTF Edition Rip and control software. The DTF Powder Coater units which may be configured inline, has cooling, winding, ventilation and air purifier options. 

‘For a long time, direct-to-garment (DtG) has been the ‘go to’ solution for those looking to print onto a wide variety of garment types and colours, but now there’s a viable alternative,’ RA Smart told Digital Textile Printer. ‘Utilising white ink technology, without the need for pre-treatment, DtF offers users the capability to print onto almost any fabric type or colour with ease. Furthermore, the durable ink technology means that there’s no cracking, even on stretch materials, with high wash and rub resistance. All of that in an affordable package with ultra-low running costs.

‘Following extensive in-house testing, we’ve partnered with a pioneering producer of the entire DTF package, with patented ink and application technology developed over the past four years. We’re excited to bring this revolutionary solution into the market as the exclusive distributor for the UK & Ireland. Our demo unit is fully up and running at our Cheshire-based facility for customers to visit, produce samples and see this amazing technology first hand.’