The Avinci DX3200 is the newest textile printer launched by AGFA at this year’s ISA International Sign Expo in Las Vegas. This printer is designed to print onto polyester fabrics for the soft-signage market:
- Trade show graphics
- Backlit displays
- Retail store décor elements
- Window displays
- Indoor wall graphics
- Outdoor graphics
This printer was also exhibited at FESPA Hamburg 2017, for its official launch in the European market.
AGFA has had a few unsuccessful attempts in the textile field: AGFA Jeti 3324 AquaJet and ARDECO 3312 or 3308. The first manufactured by AGFA themselves and the second by a well-known Italian textile printer manufacturer.
The new Avinci DX3200 might be manufactured by AGFA itself but it’s very unlikely, but it does use its own Asanti 3.0 workflow software.
This software is designed with some features for the soft signage market in mind: integrated tiling that adds marks to the tiled prints and comes along with mounting instructions; for ease of mounting large billboards and banners.
“The reason we bring this on to the market is that we have seen that many of our sign and display customers are looking for different technologies, especially one like this that brings soft signage. Soft signage typically has very vivid-like images in backlit or display, the softness of the fabric itself gives a different impression than what you have with paper or with typical media that you find in a UV printing environment.’
AGFA product manager Reinhilde Alaert said
“That is the reason why we started in this market segment and here our unique selling point would be low ink usage combined with productivity and excellent images,” he added.
Some of the benefits of the Avinci DX3200, are the real 3.2-meter print width, since the printer can actually perform borderless printing, so no media is wasted at the edge; and the use of CMYK plus light cyan and light magenta for better color results.
We have seen the AGFA Avinci DX3200 at both ISA and FESPA 2017, and the printed samples had nice and bright colors, and although they were small, the solid blacks looked smooth.
Not many textile printers can achieve a smooth and banding-free solid black hue, this might be achieved by using a good ink – printhead combination, in this case an ink that works nicely with Konica Minolta 1024i.
We would like to see more of the Avinci DX3200 so we can evaluate it more thoroughly in the future.