How does Direct to Garment Printing Work

Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized or modified inkjet technology. The two key requirements of a DTG printer are a transport mechanism for the garment and specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the fibers.

Brotherjet Direct to garmant printers can printed on any garment t-shirts, caps, siws shirt, Sweatshirt, Fashion collection, Paradigm Shirt, Personalized footwear, Jeans, Non-woven bags and more.

The Brotherjet Dtg printers used water based garment inks who are 100% non-hazardous, toxin-free and adhere to the strictest human health and environmental standards. and have excellent color fastness, high elasticity and non-cracking attributes. Britherjet Dtg printer much convenience for printing, garment loading, and easy ink system maintenance. With 8 ink channels of CMYK+WWWW, it’s good at white ink printing, and can directly print delicate pictures on all colors of t-shirts. The brotherjet new dtg white Rip software support the White and color inks outputs simultaneously in one pass.

This versatile printing process can be used for both textiles and non-textiles. When applied to non-textiles a pre-treatment must be added to the product before the printing, as this allows the ink to correctly attach itself to the substrate. Next is the printing process, which is much cheaper than sublimation. The last step is the curing of the ink, which can be expedited by adding a special aerosol. This will give the product the protective finish.

DTG was primarily designed to work with textiles, to embellish them. It is largely replacing traditional printing because ink costs are low, it’s versatile, and the printing process itself is straightforward.

Enhancing the Ink

Direct to garment printing is a new technology, and like all new technologies, it has its flaws. The biggest challenge in the past has been with the quality of the ink. Fortunately, improvements in ink chemistry are allowing this problem to be overcome. A number of contemporary printer brands are about to reveal some upgrades to the traditional DTG, and there will be enhancements in a number of areas, including automated pre-treatment, palette sizes and ink quality.

A new generation of white inks will be introduced which are performing at much higher levels than older formulations. One of the biggest challenges for direct to garment printing technology has been printing brightly coloured images on darker apparel. The problem is that colours often pop off the darker shirt when the underbase is laid down by the printer. Printing bright images on a dark shirt requires the apparel to be pre-treated, a chemical to be added and then a heat press must be applied, after which a layer of white is added. Printers continue to make improvements to both the DTG ink and the printing process itself.