Ricoh will launch its Ri 1000 Direct-To-Garment (DTG) printer at FESPA in Munich, Germany May 14 to 17 “in response to the growing demand for easy-to-use, efficient and affordable garment decoration solutions.” The Ri 1000 supports value-added services in new markets. It joins the Ri 100 and Ri 6000 in Ricoh’s rapidly expanding DTG portfolio of solutions. Faster than the Ri 3000 it replaces, the Ri 1000 delivers greater print quality with an enhanced resolution of 1,200 x 1,200 dpi and supports CMYK plus white ink to ensure “dazzling results on fabric of any colour”, said the OEM.
Its application flexibility is supported by a new pre-treatment liquid which is suitable for 100% light polyester and poly-cotton blends. This opens up greater opportunities for garments and textile products in a number of sectors, including sports. The Ri 1000 can switch seamlessly between multiple styles of platens up to 406.4 mm x 508 mm. Its magnetic mechanism enables the platens to easily snap on and off without the need for additional tools. This flexibility supports continuous production and a wide range of print capabilities – from children’s sizes to super-wide designs.