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Today we welcome a guest blog post written by Alex Mighall, R A Smart, CAD Machinery, UK.

With a long history in Digital Textiles, R A Smart are specialist CAD machinery suppliers to the digital textile industry, and also have a renowned business providing Digital print services for Designers, Retail Brands and Independents worldwide.

Based in the silk town of Macclesfield RASMART operate one of the country's largest digital print facilities with the capability to print on cottons/wools/silks and polyesters.


Yesterday we welcomed customers to the HP Headquarters in Sant Cugat, just north of Barcelona city, to demo the latest in dye sublimation technology - the HP Stitch S1000.

The scale of the facility is hard the fathom... Home to more than 3,000 employees, the $58bn turnover business recently opened an additional brand new 150,000 square foot dedicated 3D printing centre at the rear of its existing campus - one of the largest of its kind in the world.

The EMEA Headquarters for HP is home to more than 3,000 employees and in June 2019 opened a brand new 3D Printing Centre the size of 3 football pitches.

Though there mainly to focus of HP's revolutionary textile printing solutions, it would have be rude not to see what other industries the tech giant was involved with! 

First up after heading into the 'HP Experience Centre' visitors are greeted with a replica of the shed where Bill Hewlett and David Packard dreamt up their first successful invention - the oscillator. After a coin toss to decide who's name would be first (Hewlett-Packard or Packard-Hewlett), one of HP's first customers was Walt Disney Productions who purchased eight oscillators for use on the movie Fantasia.

The two friends from Stanford University decided whose name would be first by tossing a coin. It was then decided they would be known as Hewlett-Packard, or HP for short.

HP has come an awful long way since Packard and Hewlett's initial capital investment of $538 but the multi billion dollar giant isn't just focussed on money in the bank...

There is also an incredibly positive emphasis on sustainability within the brand. The company is now recognised as one of the world's most sustainable enterprises and is constantly investing both time and money into ensuring their environmental impact is as neutral as possible.

In April 2019, HP invested $2m in a plastic washing line in Hati - creating more than 1,000 jobs and helping to reduce ocean-bound plastic.

HP are also aiding the medical industry through their 3D print technology. From prosthetic limbs through to printed dental impressions, HP's 3D Printing Portfolio is only set to grow over the following years - especially now their campus is home to one of the largest 3D R&D facilities in the world!

Some argue that HP's innovation is in fact out of this world... Around 408km out of this world actually, orbiting the planet at 7.66 km per second in the International Space Station is a specially designed HP desktop printer!

HP technology is so well renowned it's even used by The International Space Station!

Finally, it was time for the main event - the HP Stitch S1000. HP have reinvented dye sublimation printing with arguable the biggest revolution for the sector in the last 10 years - thermal print head technology.

Supreme print quality coupled with end user changeable print heads make the HP Stitch a highly desirable solution for those looking to maximise their uptime and productivity, whilst maintaining vivid colours at productions speeds of up to 220m2 per hour.

The future of textile printing has landed and it's never looked so good!