DTG printing The application scope of ink-jet technology has gone beyond the previous ink-jet printing and has become an optional technology for many non-paper-based materials printing. Textile printing is one of them. DTG ink-jet printing (ink-jet printing directly on clothing) or T-shirt printing is a branch of textile ink-jet printing. About 10 years ago, this application was first started by a third party using Epson 17-inch ink-jet printers. Today, about the US $225million is invested in printer hardware and ink in the global market. DTG printing market has entered a newer and more professional stage and has developed professional printers to serve this field.
Zara, H&M, UNIQLO, and other brands featured in “fast fashion” have attracted the attention of young people by adding bright and distinctive patterns to their clothes. It can be seen that direct jet digital printing technology is leading a new fashion trend!
When it comes to customized and personalized clothing, the customization of personalized clothing has been greatly improved compared with the previous way. With the continuous development of digital technology, professionals who print and make logos can print brightly colored, clean, and lasting images on almost any clothes. Hats, shirts, and even shoes can become canvases.
When seeking printing technology with real durability and greater flexibility, today’s printing service providers have two options to consider: the more complex dye sublimation process – only applicable to polyester fabrics; Or the relatively new and more flexible digital printing process – which can directly print bright and lasting images on cotton or other materials.
For those service providers who want to expand their logo production business, clothing direct injection digital printing technology allows customers to wear their own logos, images, or works of art. The printing process is not only simple but also low-cost.
DTG system provides more options
Compared with digital heat transfer technology with low technical content, printing directly on clothing can provide higher product value. The main disadvantage of digital heat transfer printing is poor durability, just like those old-fashioned, easy-to-fade T-shirts. In addition, digital heat transfer printing still needs to peel off the base printing material, so it is not easy to realize images with lighter colors or gradual colors.
Although the dye sublimation process is a good choice for sports clothing to print color images, now the new digital, water-based ink DTG (direct to garment) system provides more printing options. Professional printers can even make one-time order items for potential customers. This processing capacity can undertake more business types.
DTG Technology (clothing direct injection technology) can be well adapted to natural, perforated cotton materials, and even can be used for natural fibers, similar to the steroids printed by four-color CMYK. It has a larger nozzle and special ink that can directly bond materials.
The first commercial DTG printer was launched in 1996. Since the launch of the first printer, the main breakthrough of DTG technology is that it can print white ink, so as to print patterns on dark clothing fabrics.
Titanium dioxide and white ink were introduced in 2005, but problems with the early formulation often blocked the printer components, causing the components to wear out too quickly. The new technology introduced by the companies developing inks and manufacturing nozzles has basically solved these problems and reduced the need for equipment maintenance.
DTG process is a little more complicated than old-fashioned bronzing, but the printing effect is very ideal. Clothing projects need to be treated with a small amount of spray solution in advance, which helps the ink better adhere to the fabric. After the shirt or bag passes through the printer, the image must also be solidified by an adjustable hot press.
Unlike the dye sublimation process, which requires more equipment, label manufacturers can start using DTG equipment in a small and affordable range. With the continuous improvement of DTG technology, the price of the equipment is also declining.
In addition, DTG technology does not need ventilation, and the workflow is very simple. Flexibility is the biggest advantage of DTG. Identification professionals can use DTG equipment to provide customers with a series of brand-new printing products, without focusing on a large class of orders, and also looking for a merchant for other types of orders. The cost simply includes the cost of printing and transportation.
For future development, we expect to see the emergence of faster, more compact, and more cost-effective DTG technology, which can achieve professional effects even in smaller businesses. Randy Anderson, product marketing manager of Mutoh USA, said that some high-end DTG devices integrate the functions of fore treatment and drying, which indeed simplifies the process. At the same time, they also integrate more white ink screen printing technology to improve production. At the same time, Brother also developed special digital camera components to preview and monitor the printing process, so you can see more details.
In the mid-market, the pressure plate option allows a wider range of printing pressure plate types, including not only the sizes of various series but also pressure plates for various products, such as hats, shoes, and other personalized or enterprise logo products. At present, there has been a quiet separation between mass production equipment and desktop DTG equipment. Looking forward to the future, desktop DTG devices will become simpler and easier to use, while still maintaining high-quality output and maintaining a more economical price.