Ricoh Ri 3000 and Ri 6000 were the two models of desktop sized t-shirt printers launched at FESPA Hamburg 2017. Both of them have a 35 x 45 cms platen, but the Ricoh Ri 3000 uses 3 Ricoh MH 2420 printheads and the Ri 6000 uses six.
Why do these printers seem so familiar?
In 2016, Ricoh acquired Anajet to enter the DTG market; a decade after Anajet was founded. And both Ricoh Ri models are based on Anajet mPower t-shirt printers but with additional enhancements, and are manufactured in California in AnaJet’s headquarters.
I had the opportunity to talk to Marica Mody of AnaJet and we discussed the characteristics and improvements of the Ricoh Ri printer series.
What are the main features of the Ricoh Ri printers?
• Ricoh Ri printers are not restricted to printing onto t-shirts, you can print onto a variety of fabric made “garments”, such as hoodies, socks, cloth bags, and more. As long as they are 100% cotton, 100% polyester or a 50/50 cotton/polyester blends.
• Interchangeable platens and platen height adjustment for printing onto garments of different shapes and thickness.
• These two Ri models use Anajet waterbased pigment inks in CMYK colors plus white, so you are able to print onto light and dark garments.
• The ink recirculating system of the previous Anajet model has been improved for the Ricoh Ri models with better ink flow for better performance.
• Printing speed on a light garment at 600 dpi for Ricoh Ri 3000 is 51 seconds and for Ri 6000 about 27 seconds.
• The touch screen color control panel is seven inches so there is enough space to preview print jobs and control settings for size, dimensions, quality and queue.
• Ricoh Ri printers are compatible with USB devices to load print jobs.