Direct to Garment T-Shirt Digital Printing
This is the method of printing directly on the T-Shirt or any finished garment.
Traditional forms of T-Shirt printing including Screen Printing has been around for centuries and they will be there for decades to come. So why T-Shirt Digital Printing? Let’s find out.
T-Shirt designs are made after deciding about the printing method and quantity to be printed. Screen Printing design going for a small run needs to have less number of colours. Also reprinting them should have the same quantity. If one size goes sold out, you need to print again the same minimum order quantity.
This will keep your inventory high, also you cannot print photo prints or complex graphic designs due to limitations in number of screens to be created with small quantity order. Also the screens to be maintained and stored for reprints. For a screen collection of 100 designs, there would be around 500 screens. They need to be stored and maintained all the time.
Cost of a small quantity screen printing is always high and also time taking process. The alternative is direct to garment printing or digital printing. This is like printing on a paper with a pre coating.
Compared with traditional printing methods
|Photo Print||Easy Job||Not Possible|
|Small Quantity||Can Print 1 Pc||Costly and Time Taking|
|Plate/Screen Making||Not Required||Mandatory|
|Cost for Small Runs||Affordable||Costlier|
|Staff and Expertise||One Person||Needs expertise and Multiple Persons|
DTG Printing is direct to garment printing method. It helps in printing T-Shirts and other apparels without any minimum order quantity. Any design, graphic or photo can be printed using DTG printing. Fabric should be cotton rich for vibrant prints.
The quality of print is directly equivalent to the quality of file to be printed. Unlike in screen printing, the design files are not worked on. The T-Shirt Design is directly printed on the T-Shirt using the DTG Printer.
Direct to Garment Printing requires a layer of coating over the garment. The coating makes the garment more absorbent to the ink. The process of printing on a T-Shirt goes like, Pre Coating, Heat Press, Printing and Heat Press or Curing. Curing is required for any form of custom printing either naturally or with external heating.
The heat press process makes the garment absorb the ink and it stays with the fabric with washes. Generally, the digitally printed T-Shirt will last for 25-35 washes depends upon. the standard of process involved.
Printing on White and Color Garments
Printing on white T-Shirts and Color T-Shirts follows a different process in T-Shirt Digital Printing than in traditional printing methods.
On white T-Shirts, any design can be printed directly using just pigment inks. Pre Coating is not necessary for printing on the white garment. Although a diluted version of pre coating can be applied to give a vibrant output.
The T-Shirt needs to be pre-coated using a speciality chemical liquid which makes the garment absorb ink faster. Pre-coated garment needs to be dried completely before printing using heat press setup.
The print quality on color T-Shirt depends upon the pre coating process as well and it will be on par with screen printing if done well.
There are various business models originated out of Direct Digital Printing on T-Shirts. Personalised product printing is more lucrative one. Anyone who want to print their photo, company logo, any one-off design on any apparel product, DTG is the best suited solution.
You can setup a store to get designs from customer and print them via Print on Demand service provider like Qikink. There is a huge customer base who wants to order personalised products with their name, loved ones photo, company logo, company name etc.
Print on Demand
Print on Demand is printing a product after customer purchases the product. This is most sustainable way of producing and selling merchandise.
Fashion industry overproduction runs at an incredible 30 – 40% each season.
On demand manufacturing and on demand printing are the most innovative things happened to the fashion industry w.r.t sustainability. All of us have to move in that direction of sustainable living eventually. Print on demand method of printing the order after a product is purchased avoid millions of products end in landfills.