November 3, 2023| 3 November 2023
Epson SureColor Series SC-F2260 direct-to garment inkjet printing system won a Good Design Award. These awards are given to products which enrich the lives of people and society as a whole.
These garment printers are able to print directly onto t-shirts, aprons and other clothing. Epson claims the compact design allows these printers to be easier to transport, install and expand.
Epson also improved the productivity of its operating unit by changing the design. Epson hopes the product will contribute to digitalisation in the textile printing industry.
In response to user feedback, Epson redesigned its previous garment printer. The unit was made smaller and the installation space compact. The SCF2260 is the new standard model of the garment printer series.
The judges said that the “high performance and roundness give a sense of intelligence combined with the beautifully arranged details to produce an attractive appearance”. They said that as the controls, movable parts, and top transparent cover are uniformly black on a white-tone background, “this fully expresses a brand identity rooted in usability and gives the impression of reliability and advanced technology over the entire series. In addition, we also appreciated that the software is provided with well-organised graphics that are easy to use, with no PC knowledge required”.
According to Epson, the SC-F2260, the third generation of the printer, combines a “proven” production platform with upgraded componentry, enhanced ergonomics and new ink. The printer has a PrecisionCore printhead that is 33 percent larger for better performance. The printer comes with an upgraded Garment Creator 2 that provides additional functionality for users. Epson also claims it can produce more efficiently with finer image detail.
The case has been refined to improve the ease of installation and flexibility of operation. The case features a “more ergonomic” design with a squarer side, a flat top, transparent plate cover and integrated interior lighting. There is an enlarged 4.3” touch panel display, and a cleaner loading bay with repositioned controls. The printer has automatic fine-head-height adjustments and a simpler macro head-height setting. This allows for maximum quality, maximum speed, and minimal hassle.
Upgraded inks are also included with the new model. Epson UltraChrome DG2 was designed to provide better colour with less bleed on a wide range of fabric types. The new ink can be used with DTF workflows.
The SC-F2260 is equipped with a variety of features designed to reduce waste. It uses 800 ml ink pouches that are 33 per cent larger, and incorporate “a lot less” plastic than the cartridges used by the previous model. It has also been dispensed of a fan to make it quieter and without having to replace filters regularly.