The Overview of Direct to Garment Printers DGT Printing

Direct-to-garment or DTG printers use water-based pigment inks. If you're used to printing with eco-solvent printers or even UV inks where you print on to your media and the colors and everything just pops immediately, that's something you're going to see with a DTG printer. That's going to be the most familiar to you.
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When you load your shirt, your fabric…you start printing and the colors pop. And if you're used to printing, say, on clear media with eco solvent inks and white ink where you lay your white layer down first and then you lay your colors on top of it, this is very similar for DTG so it's almost more comfortable for some people when going to a DTG printer because it's very familiar. You get that instant pop, it looks great. Very similar, in a sense, to printing with eco solvent inks.
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Let's get started. The DTG printer, you will notice, are a lot smaller than an inkjet printer. They look like your nice little inkjet printer that you can put on your desk anywhere. So it's a smaller footprint. For those of you that are looking to expand and lack the space, then this looks pretty enticing. You load your fabrics on to a platen and then it comes with a standard size, so you can change to a different platen if you have an extra large t-shirt or a child's shirt.
There are different platens to put your fabric on, in a way to load your media. Then there are other platens for sleeves and other more specialty items so that way you can also print directly. Now pigment inks work best for cotton than synthetics and polyesters but the pigment technology has improved. A lot of DTG manufacturers claim that you can print on cotton 50/50 blends. You can even do polyester and synthetics. Regardless of type of fabric, you will need to pre-treat. And pre-treatment is very important. Now here's what you do beforehand. When you go to a cool trade show you see them print, you don't see behind the scenes. Let me just share some of the behind the scenes so that way you can have a more accurate idea of what you're getting into.