Epson has introduced what it says is the market’s first entry-level DtG (direct to garment) printer that can print onto both dark and light fabrics as well as to film. The SC-F1000 is aimed at hobbyists, retailers and small businesses that require a cost-effective solution with the flexibility to print on a wide range of fabric types.

The new printer uses Epson’s PrecisionCore Micro TFP printheads technology for image quality and stability, and according to Epson is the only printer in its category to include white ink, enabling it to print directly onto dark garments and direct-to-film (DtF). Image quality is further enhanced via Epson’s UltraChrome DG2 inks, which reduce bleed from yellow and black, while offering rich saturated colours.

With both DtG and DtF capability, the SC-F1000 can print on a wide range of fabric types enabling customers to print on products including T-shirts, hoodies, bags, sweatshirts and cushions, making the printer suitable for providing in-store printing in real-time in retail settings.

The SC-F1000 has a small footprint, and with no fan can be positioned against a wall. It is said to be simple to use, and features a large opening lid to simplify setting the garment or film onto the platen; platen sensors detect uneven setting in order to avoid printing errors. The printer also features auto gap adjustment, which sets the platen to the optimum height for printing without manual intervention. Operation of the SC-F1000 is via a ‘simple and intuitive’ touchscreen.

Offering USB or Wi-Fi connectivity, the SC-F1000 also includes features which minimise user maintenance and increase total productivity, such as auto-cleaning and the use of UltraChrome DG2 ink pouches which are quick and simple to replace. The SC-F1000 includes Epson’s bundled GarmentCreator2 software, which includes pre-sets for printing by DtG or DtF.

‘Demand for the entry-level DtF has grown significantly in the last three years,’ said Tom Owers, business manager, commercial & industrial at Epson UK. ‘This exciting development from Epson offers hobbyists and small businesses an extremely affordable option that delivers outstanding quality, and a range of advanced productivity-boosting features.’

The SC-F1000 will be shown at Printwear & Promotion Live at the NEC, Birmingham, UK, in February 2024.