Should I invest in the new Epson SureColor F2100
So, what's the big deal about the newer version of the F2000?
At first glance, the obvious new color scheme and peculiar added “black box” on the back of the printer stand out to those with F2000. Outside of the appearance difference, Epson made some key changes to upgrade performance from the F2000. The most notable of these changes include:
Variable drop technology: This allows for better image quality with graphics that have gradient colors. The printer can better control the size of the dot of ink dropped, to ensure a better transition in colors and tone. This can also mean ink savings… who doesn’t want that?
The F2100 comes with an additional white ink filter (the added black box). Anyone who is researching DTG, or currently printing DTG, knows that white ink maintenance is crucial to success. While the F2000 already had a couple filter points for the white ink, Epson added an additional white ink filter for increased protection from clogging nozzles in the F2100.
The F2100 promotes even more convenience with its inline solution for maintenance. Translation: no more drops. Currently with the F2000, the operator will put 10ml of solution into the printhead capping station at the end of the day. While it is not that time consuming or expensive, the F2100 eliminates this process by having a solution cartridge in the ink bay system.
Double the print modes: The F2000 has three basic print modes, fast, quality, and high quality. All of which allow the printer to move at different speeds. The F2100 gives the operator six different print modes to choose from, including using the highlight white mode that increases speed. The additional print modes allow you to really customize the priorities of each print job you do.
Increased speeds: The F2100 has up to 35% faster printing on images using white ink, and twice as fast printing without white ink (because of the new print modes available).
Inevitably, there will be a large amount of businesses that always want the newest thing. For those currently in production with DTG and have a demand for custom shirts from customers that keep their printers printing all through the week, adding the F2100 makes perfect sense. If you already have an F2000 and need to add another to keep up, the F2100 would be ideal, especially since the included Garment Creator software will allow you to use both models from one computer!
You can learn all the differences and benefits for the F2000 and F2100 by contacting one of our Textile Print Specialists at IT Supplies at (800) 771-9665. We would love to help you find the printer that is the best fit for your business!
Come see the SureColor F2100 Printer at our EPSON Certified Solution Center. Call to schedule a personalized demo.
Differences between the SureColor F2100 & F2000 DTG Printers?
- Inline automated cleaning system costs roughly $8/mo in cleaning fluid and the cleaning cartridge lasts about 2 months
- Light garments about 2x faster than the previous generation F2000
- Dark garments about 35% faster than the previous generation F2000
- Simultaneous Highlight White Mode - White gets second coating (2-3% more on same pass as color so speeds aren't reduced)
-Epson Precision Dot - Variable droplet technology not on F2000. Smoother gradations, 10% greater color gamut compared to the F2000.
The best just got better
Building on the success of the SureColor F2000, the #1 selling direct-to-garment printer, the new SureColor F2100 raises the bar with increased reliability, greater productivity, and enhanced print quality.
SureColor F2100 Features
Robust New Garment Loading System
User-Adjustable Platen Height Setting - Printer then automatically verifies the surface height of the garment is at an acceptable height before printing. Platen height can be adjusted in 0.5mm increments to accomodate garment up to 25mm thick.
Garment Grip Pad Cover - Faster garment loading when using the grip pad cover instead of traditional platen hoop. The grip pad cover can be applied to small, medium and large size platens and is user replaceable.
Internally Developed by EPSON
- Pigment ink technology designed for cellulose-based garment imaging. Best with 100% cotton (the pureest form cellulose), and performs well with cotton-poly blends and Tri-blend garments.
- Epson UltraChrome DG ink is Eco Passport certified by Oeko-Tex. This is an international safety standard in the textile industry and a system by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their product can be used in sustainable textile production
-Epson UltraChrome DG Inks are safe for adults and children, including babies
High-Dispersion White Ink
- Achieves excellent DTG color match to Brand and Licensed Merchandise colors
Wide Color Gamut
Epson SureColor F2100W White Edition Direct to Garment Printer was designed using
bleeding edge technology like the Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head along
with the all-new UltraChrome DG (Direct to Garment) Ink Technology. The
new SureColor F2100W Printer is sure to be the latest and greatest in
high quality and high performance garment imaging.
- Dark Garments Top-rated on color change at 5, with 5 being best on a scale of 1 to 5
- Independently tested by Philadelphia University based on standard AATCC #61 Accelerated Laundering Methodology.
Ratings are for a SYSTEM consisting of Epson UltraChrome DG Inks and Epson Pretreatment fluid on a 100% Cotton ring-spun dark shirt cured at the recommended heat tunnel settings