Selling 24" DTF production system, including printer, shaker, Filter & RIP.

Reason for selling: This system realistically does 20 sq. ft. per hour on the higher quality setting. We need about 50-100 sq. ft. an hour, so we are upgrading a faster 4-head system. We haven't had the machine very long (about 8 months,) but we do run it a lot. Our current production space has temperature & humidity issues and this printer needs 45%-50% humidity. In a better controlled shop you could reasonably print with a faster setting. There is a new internal white ink circulation unit and we can schedule a Mutoh tech to install it for $1600.00 extra.

Our primary use is shipping bulk transfers to customers. This system is best for in-house production.


Includes:

-STS 628D 24" Direct to Film Printer

-24″ Automatic TPU Adhesive Powder Shaker with Internal Air Filter add-on

-bulk cleaning solution system add-on

-bulk white add-on with bag circulator (not recommended any more)

-FlexiDTF Pro 22 RIP

-We will train you to use the system

Price: $20000

pros:
  • prints are excellent and vivid
  • we tested out many systems and this one offered the most foolproof pressing especially on synthetic blends and sublimated fabrics
  • no glue halos
  • prints have a relatively soft hand and nice texture. Closer to DTG than other options
  • excellent resolution. We have printed down to 4pt type
  • perfectly happy doing 2 shifts daily
  • using gen 3 film now. Cold peel
-printer is CMYKWW +2 cleaning solution slots. Options for fluorescent pink, purple & yellow coming.
-This version of the air filter is very efficient meaning little to no smoke or smell.
-STS pushes frequent improvements and upgrades

Cons:
  • not really a 'hands-off' system. When the film is being pulled by the take up reel, the system can more or less run on its own but the beginning and end of a run requires hands-on attention to feed the film. The powder hopper also has to be regularly checked. An operator should not multitask when the shaker is running in manual mode.
  • needs high humidity and low dust environment. We work in a warehouse, so it's harder to keep the powder clean and clump free
  • needs an extra fan at the end of the shaker to prevent lifting when using the take up reel
  • can be messy: tpu powder will get on the floor so you have to vaccum around the shaker regularly. We have a tupperware on the side to catch and reuse some powder
  • before work sessions you should lift the shaker hood and clean glycerine buildup. you need to wear gloves because the areas to wipe off can be sharp
  • the printer is happier if you print every day
  • all-over prints that have no halftoning or garment colour knockouts will feel more plastic-y on tees. Fleece is fine with any kind of image
  • not the quietest shaker
  • you need to set up a basket at the end of the oven if you want to print sheets

MOST IMPORTANT NOTE:

I don't recommend you handle the film at all while the printer is running, it's a bad habit that may lead to head strikes. If you need to feed the film into the shaker, pause the printer. If you need to adjust the alignment, pause the printer. if you need to mess around with the shaker, pause the printer and turn off the heat. If you need to run it in manual, pay attention to the shaker and don't get distracted.

The second rule is to conservatively program the length of the roll into the rip so that the printer stops before the end of the roll. Some rolls are taped to the core and will cause head strikes if it jams. Whatever is left of the film can be untaped from the core and run as a sheet.

The third rule is to never put anything on top of the oven. We've found that any kind of obstruction (like not wiping the glycerine) on the oven and filter vent will cause the film to ripple and over heat. This usually doesn't ruin the transfer, but it can make registration harder.

If you follow these 3 rules, your printer will run problem free and can comfortably print a roll a week.