Looking for an inside look into how Direct-to-garment (DTG) printing has changed the game in the apparel industry? With the ability to print high-quality and intricate designs directly onto fabric, DTG printing has made it possible to offer unique and personalised products for customers. Here, we'll take a behind-the-scenes look at a typical day in the life of a DTG printing machine at In.It Apparel, a wholesale and DTG brand.
To ensure high-quality prints, the DTG machine must be set up, cleaned, and calibrated prior to printing. During this process, the printer's settings are adjusted to distribute ink properly and achieve accurate colour reproduction. Once the machine has passed the calibration process and passed a nozzle check, it is ready to start printing.
Garment preparation is a critical step in achieving a successful print. The garment is placed on a printing platen, a flat surface that holds the garment in place during printing, and then aligned and secured to prevent any shifting or movement. If printing on a coloured garment, a pretreatment and curing process is necessary to allow for white ink to be printed.
Once the garment is positioned correctly, the design is loaded into the DTG machine's rip software. This software allows the user to adjust the design's size, placement, and ink colours to achieve the desired result. After loading the design, the printing process can begin.
The DTG machine operates by spraying ink directly onto the fabric using a series of nozzles. The ink is absorbed into the fabric and bonds with the fibres, resulting in a permanent and durable print. The printing process's length will depend on the complexity of the design and the size of the garment, ranging from just seconds to a few minutes.
Once the printing is complete, the garment is removed from the printing platen and carefully inspected for quality control. Any necessary touch-ups or corrections are made before the garment is sent for curing.
At In.It Apparel, careful setup and calibration, precise garment positioning, and intricate printing and finishing processes ensure that their customers receive high-quality prints that meet their needs. Thanks to DTG technology, customers can get unique and personalised products that stand out from the crowd.
DTG printing has revolutionised the apparel industry by providing a high-quality and personalised product to customers. With a focus on precision and attention to detail, In.It Apparel has perfected their DTG printing process, resulting in satisfied customers and unique, eye-catching designs.