DIMA 2004 – 9th Annual Digital Printer Shoot-Out

Here are the results of this years winners:

DIMA Inkjet Printer Shoot-Out winners   –

Larger than 72 inches wide category – MacDermid ColorSpan DisplayMaker 72s Gator  

50 to 72 inches wide (Aqueous) category – Onyx ProductionHouse RIP (using the HP DesignJet 5500 UV/60)

50 to 72 inches wide (Solvent and UV) category – Mutoh Falcon II Outdoor

36 to 49 inches wide category – Epson Stylus Pro 9600

18 to 35 inches wide category – Epson Stylus Pro 7600

9 to 17 inches wide category – Epson Stylus Pro 4000

8.5 inches wide or less category – $200 or more   – Epson Stylus Photo R800

8.5 inches wide or less category – $100 to $199 – Epson Stylus Photo R300

The following manufacturers also introduced other interesting products:

EPSON: was showing off their new home-printing solution: the PictureMate. Promoted as "your personal photo lab," the PictureMate is aimed at consumers and scrap bookers who want to make inexpensive ($.29) 4×6" prints and nothing else. Using the PictureMate cartridge and PictureMate paper, prints can last up to 200 years in archival sleeves in album storage and up to 100 years in a glass frame in indoor display conditions. PictureMate doesn’t require a computer, it uses pigment inks, and it will be available in July 04 for $269.  

HEWLETT-PACKARD: HP was also introducing their new Designjet 30 and 130 large-format printers (13×19" and 24" wide respectively) with the "durable dye" inks that have a Wilhelm rating of 70 years when used with matched HP media. Aimed at creative professionals—the Designjet 130 multi-format printing systems can create photo-quality images for professional photos, prints and proofs. Prices of the Designjets 30 & 130 will be around $999 and $1999 respectively.

CANON: For printers, the two big Canon introductions were the i9900 and the W6200.

The i9900 Photo Printer is a dye-based, 8-color printer (CMYKcm R G), capable of producing edge-to-edge true borderless prints, from 4" x 6" prints up to 13" x 19" size, with 4800 x 2400 dpi maximum resolution. It replaces the i9100, and it has 6,144 nozzles total in a very large print head, which means it prints really fast. It’s supposed to be available in June for around $699.

Canon’s W6200, is a pro-level 24"-wide (roll and sheet) printer, using pigmented inks with the capacity to produce a 24 x 36 inch print at 1200 x 1200 dpi in less than seven minutes. It’s print head features 1,280 nozzles per color, or 7,680 total, with six ink cartridges. This is more of a commercial, production printer. It’s available for about $4,795.

ENCAD: The introduction of an all new, 640-nozzle print head allows the NovaJet 1000i (thermal) inkjet printer to print at speeds of up to 14 square meters per hour. This is the first printer jointly developed by Encad and Kodak, and its selling points are speed (up to 220 square feet per hour), image quality (up to 1200×600 dpi), two new Quantum inks (dye and pigment), a Rapid Evaporation Drying System, and low cost-per-print. This is a production machine meant for commercial print-for-pay shops. It comes in 42" and 60"-wide models that are priced at about $16,995 and $22,995 respectively.