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What’s New in Direct-to-Garment Printers?

(June 2011) posted on Tue Jun 07, 2011

The demand for customized T-shirts is on the rise. Find out how direct-to-garment inkjet printers can help you capitalize on this trend.

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By Gail Flower

Rhome: It is a water-based ink developed especially by our firm for printing on garments. We have done extensive wash testing and have found that the ink is durable.

Copeland: It uses aqueous pigmented textile inks with binders offered in five colors—cyan, magenta, yellow, black, and white.

Borucki: We are a vertical company that develops and manufactures our own digital CMYK and White inks for our line of equipment. Our ink is a pigmented water-based ink that is the greenest ink in the DTG market today, being phthalate- and formaldehyde-free.

Landesman: We have our own pigmented water-based ink.

Baxter: The i-Dot uses our own i-Pak water-based ink system, either in cartridges or bulk feed. These inks are PBC- and phthalate-free, making them environmentally friendly.

Schierkolk: One type of ink is used for optimal quality and durability—MelcoInk. This specialty textile ink is engineered to work smoothly with our DTG printer and MelcoRIP printing software. These inks are water-based, environmentally friendly, clean, and easy to apply. The ink comes in 220-ml sealed cartridges that keep air out and ink in.

Peña: The FreeJet DTG printers use an advanced, water-based pigmented ink formulated by DuPont for optimum output.


What’s the future for direct-to-garment printing?

Green: We see the future of this market expanding at an exponential rate. The key gap that separates the greater garment-decoration market from adopting digital garment technology is converting them from perceiving it as a threat to embracing it as a new weapon in a power arsenal of product offerings. What DTG printing will do is expand the possibilities for creativity and agility for the larger companies, while making rapid-turnaround, short-run, and million-color print orders even more profitable.

Goljevacki: As technology continues to develop, DTG printers will continue to evolve and get easier to use. The market will expand as DTG printers become more enticing.

Rhome: Increased productivity and quality. Future machines will print a better product faster.


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