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A Direct-to-Garment Deluge

(May 2009) posted on Tue May 19, 2009

The garment-inkjet floodgates are wide open, leaving many screen printers who want to boost revenues with complementary digital technology drowning in options. This article will help you wade through the crowded pool of printers.


By Ben P. Rosenfield

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Digital Color Corp. equipped its Aurora with what it describes as an oversized, industrial printhead designed to print high-viscosity ink on a full 11 x 11-in. (279.4 x 279.4-mm) design in fewer than 40 seconds. The printer also features a pressurized ink system engineered to maximize ink flow by eliminating excess air in the ink-delivery chain. Aurora comes standard with 4.5-ml ink reservoirs built in its printhead. The device supports a 12 x 18-in. (305 x 457-mm) maximum print area, 2-in. (51-mm) platen-height adjustment, uni- and bi-directional printing, and imaging resolutions of 300, 600, and 1200 dpi. The printer is designed for use with 100% cotton, and 50/50 blends. Digital Color Aurora RIP drives the printer and is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista. The machine interfaces with computers via a USB 2.0 connection.

 

DTG Digital Garment Printers

DTG offers four solutions for digital garment decoration. The Kiosk II is a seven-color (CMYK + 3 x White) printer that supports a maximum image area of 20.8 x 12 in. (528 x 305 mm) and imaging resolutions from 360-2880 dpi. The HM-1 Kiosk (pictured) is an eight-color printer (CMYK + 4 x White) that supports a maximum image area of 21.2 x 12 in. (538.5 x 305 mm) and imaging resolutions from 720-2880 dpi. HM-1 features auto reflush cleaning cycles, built-in bulk ink system, fan-forced ink extraction, and Head Moving Technology for enhanced registration accuracy. The DTG Bullet is an eight-color system (2 x CMYK or CMYK + 4 x White) that prints on materials up to 24 x 60 in. (610 x 1524 mm) and 14 in. (356 mm) thick at resolutions of 360-1440 dpi. It can accommodate four large size or up to eight standard size T-shirts at once. It features a refillable pressurized ink cartridge system, and optional platen sizes and an 8-liter bulk ink system are available. The DTG Xpress is an eight-color (2 x CMYK) printer that supports a maximum image area of 44 x 98 in. (1118 x 2489 mm) and imaging resolutions from 360-2880 dpi. It’s designed to handle a dozen large prints at a time or standard, smaller images at 15-20 garments at a time. All printers use DTGTEX inks and have drivers for Windows 95/98ME/NT/4.x/2000/XP and Mac OS 8.6 to 10.1 or later. DTG RIP Pro software requires Windows 2000, XP, or later.

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