The Epson SureColor DS series was developed from the ground up to provide a superior solution for Dye Sublimation. Printers offer enhanced image quality with a lower running cost, all backed with a comprehensive factory warranty. The SC-F160 is a compact desktop model designed for low volume custom merchandise and dÃ©cor production. It is particularly suited to photo imaging and merchandise work. It features an extremely compact design with simple operation and a convenient Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS). Prints are made on paper which can be transferred (sublimated) via a heat press onto material with a polyester base or polyester pre-treatment. Supplied as a package complete with ink and media, it can be driven by common graphic design and photo editing software.
The SureColor F160 uses inexpensive ink and A4 sheet-based media. Ink ships in bottles and is loaded into a small tank system while paper is loaded via a tray. It features the latest Epson print head and image processing technology that work together with the ink to enable high quality imaging with fine gradation and a wide gamut. It is easy to operate and prints quickly. Output can be sublimated onto polyester fabric and substrates that will accept a polyester coating and have moderate heat tolerance. The printer can be used with a variety of low-cost 3rd party heat presses.
- High Quality â Epson PrecisionCoreâ¢ print head and UltraChromeâ¢ Dye Sub ink for quality imaging at resolutions up to 600 x 1200dpi. Epson Precision Dot Technology enable prints with fine gradation, an expanded gamut, and low grain.
- Simple to Operate â Tilt adjustable control panel with colour LCD and push-button operation, supplied with a driver that enables operation with common graphic and photo editing software.
- Easy to Install â Extremely compact and desktop mountable; ships with over 1L of ink, and 300 pages of media; flexible operation using Wi-Fi/Ethernet/USB networking.
- High Productivity â Incorporates a convenient tank system and a tray that holds up to 150 sheets, produces an A4 print in as little as 65s.
- Low Running Costs â Ultra-low power consumption and is refilled using cost-effective bottled ink.
- Superior Reliability â Supplied with a comprehensive single-source manufacturer warranty augmented with optional CoverPlus for up to 3 yearsâ protection. 1
The SureColor F160 incorporates an Epson PrecisionCoreâ¢ Thin Film print head with micro-fine nozzles that enable high-resolution imaging with pinpoint accuracy. Driven by Epson Precision Dot Technology, it facilities precise and predictable colour with superior density, and enhanced tonal expression. The printer has a range of print modes to suit different quality levels and production speeds. It suits a wide range of applications including art and photography, hard and soft signage, short-run merchandise and dÃ©cor, custom fabric and clothing.
The SC-F160 uses a simple 4 colour imaging system. The advanced UltraChromeâ¢ Dye Sub ink works in conjunction with the print head to produce superior output with a lower production cost and enhanced mechanical reliability. When sublimated, it produces a colour gamut that is equal or better than competing solutions that utilise more inks. It produces images with outstanding light and wash fastness, that are resistant to damage through abrasion and perspiration. When applied to polyester fabrics, material conforms to the latest Oeko-Tex Eco PassportÂ® standard for safe use by adults, children and babies.2 3
Dye sublimation is designed to replace traditional screen printing. It is considerably simpler and less expensive for short-to-medium production runs with less labour, less materials, and less wastage. Digital imaging enables easier content creation and editing with more accurate and flexible output. Production is mess-free with faster job turnaround and repetion at the push of a button. The process suits fabric with a high polyester content and hard surface materials that will accept a polyester spray while withstanding a moderate level of heat and pressure. A wide range of products can be produced including fabric and photo merchandise, metal signs and phone covers, footwear ('thongs') and custom clothing, wall decorations and home dÃ©cor.
The Epson DS Fabric series has been designed for reliable and cost-effective operation. The SC-F160 features a Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS) that is refilled using inexpensive 140ml bottles. The engine features extremely low power consumption with sleep and standby modes to further reduce running costs. The printer ships complete with ink and media. It also ships with a driver that enables operation with standard graphic software.
The SureColor F160 can be used with a PC running Windows or Mac OS. It is extremely compact, light in weight and has a footprint of less than 0.15m2 and supports both wired and wireless networking. It suits operation with a small flat-sheet or merchandise style heat press and features a convenient multi-page input tray as well as an extendable output tray.1
1Production will require a PC with moderate specifications and appropriate graphic software as well as a suitable sublimation device (heat press); customers are recommended to speak with their Authorised Epson Large Format Fabric Dealer for details and options. After-sales warranty and CoverPlus service are subject to a range of terms and conditions including operation within mechanical life ratings, the use of correct and genuine consumables; please see the specifications page and warranty page of this web site for further information.
2Dye Sub ink is relatively delicate prior to sublimation and needs to be handled with care. Please see the specs page for further information.
3ECO PASSPORT by OEKOâTEXÂ® is an international standard for the textile industry system. It enables suppliers to demonstrate that products can be used in sustainable and safe textile production. For further information please see the OEKO-TEX web site.