Roland DG’s Super-Fast Texart XT-640S-DTG

Direct to garment inkjet for T-shirts

Roland DG
Samples printed on Roland textile printers

Roland DG has launched its Texart XT-640S-DTG printer. This multi-station direct-to-garment printer prints full-color graphics directly onto cotton-based T-shirts and apparel at higher speeds than earlier printers in the Texart series. The super-fast T-shirt printing system is designed for on-demand, high-quality mass customization of textile products. The Texart XT-640S-DTG prints durable, full-color designs, photos, logos, and text directly onto a wide range of cotton, cotton-rich and white polyester T-shirts and apparel.

Roland claims its CMYK and high-density white dye-sublimation inks achieve bright visual impact on white and colored garments while preserving the natural look and feel of the base textiles. The Texart XT 640 is also available in an 8-color option, and the optional inks include fluorescent pink and fluorescent yellow. The Texart inks are delivered in 1-liter pouches. The machine can print widths from 259 to 1625 mm at a maximum speed of 102 square meters an hour and a maximum resolution of 1440 dpi.

Roland claims that a T-shirt can be printed on the XT-640S-DTG in as short a time as 8 seconds. For maximum versatility in short runs, the machine has a unique sliding baseplate and docking jig design, that allows several sizes of jigs to be combined in a single run. Roland’s ErgoSoft Roland RIP with variable data and an auto-white function makes direct-to-garment production extremely efficient. The claimed speed, accuracy, and versatility of the new Texart XT-640S-DTG make it an interesting option for on-demand and customized garment suppliers changing over screen printing as well as other direct-to-garment printers.

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