For a long time, screen-printing was the only way for people to print products such as bespoke T-shirts. Today’s options include traditional screen printing, embroidery, appliqué, transfer, and the most popular direct digital garment printing (DTG).
The most common include transfers, embroidery, applications, screen printing, and the new Direct to Garment (DTG) method. Since the introduction of digital direct printing on clothing (DTG), the number of manufacturers and models has been in constant decline in the DTG market. Many of the market machines that were once discussed in trade fair halls have disappeared.
If you want to create your own customized T-shirt, cup, bag, mask, plate, or apron from a heat transfer printer, you need a printer that can output your creation via heat transfer or sublimation so that you can attach your design and complete your project with a heat transfer printer. Each method requires a specific machine and is different for each printing method. For example, to embroider garments you need an embroidery machine (a special type of sewing machine ) and transfer methods require a printer that can print with high-quality ink that can withstand the heat of the press.
You print the image or design on heat transfer paper, which is a wax layer that transfers ink to the fabric to be heated. You print your design or letters onto the paper and then use an iron or hot press to transfer your image onto the fabric. Some printers can also accommodate heat transfer paper that you can press directly onto your project.
The Tusy Heat Press The first of two items we are discussing today is not an actual heat transfer printer but a press that can be used to transfer your design and complete your project. It’s 30 x 19 x 17 inches and weighs about 50 pounds, so it’s a solid machine. A good dryer One of the most important T-shirt printers is a dryer that dries and cures the ink before applying it to the fabric.
Without a good dryer, you won’t be able to increase sales and build your t-shirt printing business. Good quality of ink is crucial, and screen printing is one of the easiest devices for T-shirt printing.
The biggest advantage of DTG printing is that you can create complex and colorful designs. Since every screen represents a different color, your design can be as colorful as long, making the process more difficult and screen printing a poor choice for designs with multiple colors, but you can print in large quantities, making screen printing cheaper. This is a relatively new technology in which a special jet of ink dyes the shirt and sprays it with ink, which then penetrates the fabric.
The Col Desi DTG Digital M2 differs significantly when we look at how it has two plates, so you can print two shirts in one operation. The dual plate design of this printer is an animal (4 x 3) that easily fits on a table or bench.
The standout feature of the Kornit Breeze, the largest printer on our list with 4 x 5 printers, is its integrated pretreatment system, a liquid solution that enhances the lighter colors of the ink on lighter shirts.
Kornit Breeze also pre-treats the binder of garments on the T-shirt printing machine, adding one hour to two weeks of manual cleaning time. Since the Col DeSis M2 does not flush color lines to the same extent as grain, maintenance costs are a factor in both time and material. Whether the machine can be serviced and whether the training is compatible with maintenance is another question.
We promote installation and training on-site by a professional service technician. Whether you buy a bespoke shirt as a gift or order most of it for your group, organization, or team, we will be happy to help. You can visit one of our locations or order online or in-person from one of our experienced sales representatives.
Most important are the actual operating costs of a particular T-shirt printer. The most expensive method is the DTG machine, which starts at about $14,000 and can exceed $80,000. When new printers buy their T-shirt printing equipment, they often make the mistake of thinking that the transfer is the same for everyone.
There are different kinds of papers for inkjet and laser printers so make sure you buy the right one. It is important that you buy the correct paper for your printer and take into account the color of the fabric and image you are printing. To transfer white bright colors to a shirt, you will need heat transfer paper designed for lighter garments.
T-shirt designs are a popular way to add a personal and creative touch to custom T-shirts. They are a great way to promote your business and are used as uniforms in many industries. Individual designs allow you to express your individuality and show your solidarity with a group or team.