What is Direct to Garment Printing?

Custom printing jobs are on the rise lately and are an important source of new business in the promotional industry. The jobs commissioned vary widely, including mugs, keychains, hats, towels, and bags. However, T-shirt printing has always led the way in the industry.

T-shirts can give a person a newer perspective and image especially when printed with statement shirts. That is why, printing jobs with t-shirts are very common in the market, especially with teens.

Printing may come either with the use of silkscreen or digital. One of the most common digital printing is direct-to-garment printing.

History of DTG

DT or direct-to-garment printing originates in the year 1996 in the United States of America. The first-ever printer introduced for commercial usage is the Revolution which was patented in 1996 by Rhome, although this was produced by DIS of Bradenton, Florida. It was only in August of 200- when the patent was approved. After this, a lot of printers had been developed to date.

What you need to know about DTG

Direct-to-garment printing (DTG) is also known as digital-garment printing, inkjet-to-garment printing, or also known as digital apparel printing. All are the same. This is method is highly distinct and unique from heat-press printing.

This method uses an inkjet to transfer the print to the garment. DTG utilizes inks that had been sprayed or plated in the fabric. One of the most vital factors for successful printing with DTG, a garment or fabric must be pre-treated using pre-treatment machines.

Why is it necessary to use a pre-treatment machine:

  • Bonds between the fabric and the inks are stronger and adhered fully. Making the ink, last longer on the t-shirt and prevents fading.
  • Substrates will become smooth. If the fiber is smooth, eventually no loose fibers can be found and inks can adhere fully.
  • Chemical reactions are needed so that the ink can dry fast and curing can be highly efficient.

How does DTG work:

DTG or digital apparel printing works with the use of aqueous inks or water-based inks and will be subjected to the curing process. When using this kind of printing, you have also to consider the kind of fabric likes: bamboo shirts, cotton, linen, or other kinds of hemp.

The shirts now will undergo pre-treatment, they will be placed in a platen system to secure the shirt in place. The design will be digitally printed on the t-shirt.