At Fespa 2018 gold sponsor Aleph will present its LaForte Studio Paper 340, a machine designed to fulfill what it sees as a demand for the use of dye-sublimation paper on wider format.
The LaForte Studio Paper 340 reaches a speed up to 600m2/h at maximum resolution and features a patented rotary belt with air vacuum system.
The company said that as the price of transfer paper has fallen and knowledge of its use has increased, customers are finding that transfer printing is better than direct printing. It also pointed out that transfer printing uses 20 to 30% less ink (that direct to textile) and there are no additional costs; that printing is always on the same media (transfer paper) and it isn’t therefore necessary to create a new profile each piece of textile; that the printer stays clean; and that it’s possible to print on a much broader range of textiles. In terms of quality, as the textile is not pre-treated for direct printing, it creases much less and the looks better.