Just like the printing press revolutionized printing, so has Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing enhanced the production of personalized shirts, thus bringing you the exact shirt you’ve wanted for years. So you can say goodbye to silk screening; you no longer have to pay for set-up fees or worry about making a large t-shirt order. You can also say c-ya to trying to make your own shirt by heat transfers ” who wants to bother with that mess? Instead, you can easily create just one personalized shirt made just for you.
How does DTG printing work?
A DTG printer is basically a flatbed printer that has been specialized for garment decoration. They look like inkjet printers on steroids. The printing bed has no paper feed like a standard ink jet printer; the shirts are placed in the printer manually. This gives the flexibility to print almost anywhere on the shirt. You can print on the front, the back, the sleeves, the side or all of the above. You can print at any angle in almost any location. There are limitations when it comes to printing around or over large seams, zippers and such. But other than that let your imagination run.
DTG printers are usually 12 x 18 with some variations between manufacturers. There are also some specialty manufacturers who offer oversized printers for larger printing proportions for those specific personalized shirts.
Is DTG harmful for the environment?
No. DTG printing is very green because it is water based. There are no harmful chemicals or waste resulting from DTG printing.
You can even make a personalized shirt that is organic or you can also make a personalized shirt that is made from bamboo. To find out more about styles and models, contact your DTG printer.
Where do I find a DTG printer?
You might get a little frustrated trying to use the yellow pages to find a DTG printer, you may have noticed that there is no Direct-to-Garment Printers heading: so, your best bet may be to use an online search engine such as Google. Enter a search for personalized shirts no minimum or something similar and you will get a number of results. You may still need to weed out some printers from that list who are silk screeners but that search will get you a list of DTG printers. From there it is just a matter of checking out their web sites or contacting them directly to see if they have what you are looking for.
To learn more about and see DTG printers at work, you can look on youtube.com for specific videos explaining and showcasing them.