Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP launched its first digital textile printers. The HP Stitch S series features HP Thermal Inkjet printhead technology and uses industry standard dyes for high-quality prints using transfer paper or short-run direct-to-fabric methods. HP also offers preventative support through HP Proactive Services.
According to HP, a built-in spectrophotometer enables fast color matching within the printer, in the Raster Image Processor and in the cloud. The Stitch is currently available in three versions — the HP Stitch S300 64-in Printer, the HP Stitch S500 64-in Printer, and the HP Stitch S1000 126-in Printer. In addition, HP introduced a line of transfer papers compatible with the Stitch series machines.
The HP Stitch S300 also offers a user-replaceable printhead, which reduces downtime and service costs. “Our experience with HP Stitch S300 has been much easier and faster than other dye sub printers we’ve previously used,” said Teunis Roos, Color Concepts. “Most printers require manual action in terms of head maintenance and alignment, but the HP Stitch S300 is more proactive and automated when it comes to performance.”