Direct sublimation inkjet printer Tx500-1800DS


Direct sublimation inkjet printer

High level combination of speed and productivity

Nagano, Japan, March 14th, 2012

Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. (President: Mikio Noguchi; Headquarters: Nagano, Japan), a leading manufacturer of wide format inkjet printers, today introduced a sublimation inkjet printer model “Tx500-1800DS” which is targeted at textile and soft signage markets. The “Tx500-1800DS” offers improved print speed on polyester fabrics and reduced running cost. The “Tx500-1800DS” will be released in June 2012.

Mimaki implements its own high-end technologies on the “Tx500-1800DS”

[Main features]

1. Print speed of 150m2/h on polyester fabrics*
The “TX500-1800DS” is equipped with newly developed printheads (Six printheads with three staggered) and achieves 150% faster print speed than our conventional models.
*(Pre-treated polyester fabrics)

2. New developed ink “Sb300” produces brilliant color and dries fast
The new sublimation ink “Sb300” offers a more affordable price than conventional ink. Furthermore, this ink produces brilliant color and dries fast. Two ink configurations are provided, one is 6-color (Bl,M,Y,Bk,LBl,LM) mode that produces smooth gradation and better pale colors, another one is 4-color (Bl,M,Y,Bk) mode that enhances productivity. Users can choose one of these color modes in accordance with their preference at the time of printer installation.

3. Mimaki Degassing Module: MDM-20
The Mimaki degassing module “MDM-20” eliminates the gasses or bubbles inside the ink. This means nozzle blockage is lessened and the accuracy of ink dot placement is improved. In addition, this module enables the printer to use undegassed bottled inks instead of conventional degassed ink packs, thereby reducing ink costs.

4. AMF ensures stable Media feed/take-up
Mimaki’s unique Auto Media Feeder (AMF) mechanism ensures stable feed/take-up of polyester fabrics.

5. Built-in heater accelerates the drying time of printed media
Printed ink dries quicker and thus the occurrence of ink set-off is lessened.

6. Setting Roll-up media up to 60kg
Roll-up media of up to 60kg and 300mm in diameter can be used. There is no need to frequently change the media, meaning large orders can be handled smoothly and without interruption due to continuous printing. Handles on the roll shaft make heavy rolled media installation easier.

7. Mist absorption filter
The mist absorption filter prevents troubles caused by ink mists and enhances the stability of print operations by suctioning the mist inside the printer and discharging it.

8. User friendly RIP “RasterLink 6” comes standard
The new “RasterLink6” contains various functions including a printing color simulation and a color replacement function which gives printed images a variety of options.

[Main specifications]

HeadOn-demand Piezo head
((Six printheads with three staggered conformation)
The fastest print speed150m2/h
Color:4-color (Bl,M,Y,Bk), Speed mode: High speed,
Print mode: 300x600dpi 2pass BI
Print mode4-color
300x600dpi Uni/Bi, 600x600 Uni/Bi
600x900dpi Uni/Bi, 600x1200 Uni/Bi
600x450dpi Uni/Bi, 600x900 Uni/Bi
600x1200dpi Uni/Bi
Maximum print width1,820mm
Print resolution300/450/600/900/1200dpi
InkTypeSublimation transfer ink: Sb300
ColorBl, M, Y, Bk, Lbl, LM
Packaging2L bottle/each color
MediaTypePre-treated polyester fabrics
WidthMaximum:1,910mm  Minimum:297mm
Weight60kg or under
Roll diameterExternal:Φ300mm Internal:Φ76mm
Power supplySingle-phase AC200~240V 20A or under
Dimensions (mm)3810(W)x1400(D)x1700(H)

Standard feature “RasterLink 6” maximizes the performance of “Tx500-1800DS”

User friendly RIP
1. Easy to follow icons enable users to operate “RasterLInk 6” intuitively and without difficulty.
2. When an icon is clicked, the display screen is switched in the same window, therefore print and other conditions are easily set.
3. Printing progress can be monitored on the main screen.

Color replacement functions
– enhances the ability to re-create printed images.
1. Selected colors from the color charts of RasterLink 6 can be added into swatches of Illustrator.
2. Color matching system
A measured color can be nearly reproduced by selecting a matching color from the profile of RasterLink 6.
*Colorimeter is not standard feature.

Printing color simulation
1. Printing color can be simulated on Illustrator/Photoshop without an actual print.
* This function requires MPM2 (Mimaki Profile Master 2).

RasterLink6 Operation environment
OSWindowsVista HomePremium/Business/Enterprise/Ultimate edition SP2 or later32bit/64bit
Windows7 HomePremium/Business/Ultimate,32bit/64bit (Enterprise/Basic, Start is not supported)
CPUIntel Core i7 (2.66HGz or higher recommended)
Chip setIntel genuine chip set
Memory32bit:1GB (2GB or higher recommended)
64bit:3GB (6GB or higher recommended)
HDD160GB (160GB or higher recommended)
Printer I/FUSB2.0
USB portBundled version: No need Dongle version: 1 port
NetworkEthernet I/F
MonitorScreen size  1366x768 or higher
FormatTIFF (α channel), JPEG, BMP, EPS, PS, PDF

[Ship date: June 2012]

About Mimaki

Mimaki is a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting machines for the sign/graphics, industrial and textile/apparel markets. Mimaki develops the complete product range for each group; hardware, software and the associated consumable items, such as inks and cutting blades. Mimaki excels in offering innovative, high quality and high reliability products, based upon its aqueous, solvent and UV-curable inkjet technology. In order to meet a wide range of applications in the market, Mimaki pursues the development of advanced on-demand digital printing solutions. Mimaki Engineering Co. Ltd., (President: Mikio Noguchi) Nagano (Japan), is publicly listed on the JASDAQ Securities Exchange, Inc.

Contact details:

Global sales promotion department
Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd.,
Tel: +81-(0)268-64-2281, Fax: +81 (0)268-64-2285

Specifications, design and dimensions stated in this release may be subject to change without prior notice (for technical improvements etc.). 

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