Direct-to-garment printing, abbreviated as DTG printing, is a new form of digital printing on cotton textiles. It uses a direct to garment printer which prints directly onto caps, pillowcases, and other materials made of cotton. The printer uses inkjet technology to apply the ink onto the clothing directly.
How It Works
For the optimal functionality of a DTG printer, it requires the material to be pre-treated using a pre-treatment machine. Treating will:
Lay loose fibers, leaving a smooth surface for printing
Create stronger bonds between the pigmented inks and garment fibers
Chemically react with inks to enhance curing and drying
Why DTG is Gaining Popularity
DTG printing is faster, cleaner, and more economical compared to traditional printing methods. Also, unlike conventional methods, it needs less initial investment and operating space.
Differences Between a Direct to Garment printer and a Screen Printer
Design – DTG printers are more precise and offer a range of designs and even photos with specific details. Unlike screen printers, DTG printers have less color and design limitations.
Color abilities – DTG printers don’t use a stencil that differentiates them from screen printers. Thus, DTG printers apply ink in sheer quantities which enables them to achieve exceptional detail and precision. Also, they can print different colors simultaneously.
Cost – DTG is the best option for small scale printing since it works similar to a regular printer. It can only print one cloth at a time. Besides, printing does not need creating a screen, making it cheaper for single printing. Screen printing is ideal for large batches to be printed using one color and design.