Here’s 5 handy tips to achieving perfect DTG prints:
Maintain your machine
Keep the print head active by running a test print each day. This is particularly important for printers with white ink.
Prepare with set-up
To achieve the optimum number of printed garments per hour it is vital that the machinery setup matches the work flow. An ideal setup would lead with a Pre-Treatment Machine, then Heat Press, followed by a DTG Printer and finally another Heat Press.
This allows garments to be pre-treated and dried, printed and then heat cured. Once in a production work flow, each machine can be in use at all times.
Using a DTG optimised heat press from SEFA can reduce the pre-treatment curing time due to its increased power output and breathable platen for releasing excess steam.
Use a RIP software
Print quality can be improved by using a RIP software such as Digital Factory for improved colour output. Also ensuring that the pre-treatment is evenly spread and the distance from the print head is optimal.
Use a pre-treatment machine to achieve optimal results
Pre-treatment needs to be spread evenly across the garment, this is achieved by using a pre-treatment machine such as the SEFA i-Spray or Schulze Pre-treatmaker.
If only printing a small part of the garment, pre-treat this area only by selecting the appropriate feature on the pre-treatment machine.
Give it a brush
Ensure that the print face is not likely to shed any fibres onto the print head by brushing or removing with a lint roller.
Ensure that the head height clears the raised areas of the textile.