Print textile industry can be said as the new industry. People used to use dye sublimation technique to print image or text on fabric. However, this method requires too much resource, money and time, which isn’t effective. Then, DTG printing came up to the surface.
What’s DTG Printing?
The DTG or Direct to Garment is the printing method that, like its name, uses the direct method to print image onto media, in this case the fabric media. This printing method use similar inject printer like you usually use for printing on paper. However, the printer has been modified, plus the ink itself uses specific formula that is suitable for textile printing.
DTG also is pretty much different than conventional dye sublimation textile printing and heat transfer printing. Like its name, DTG doesn’t need extra media to print image on textile. Those two previous methods need other media like paper and place it on textile. Then, it will be heated and pressed to move the image from the media.
If you compare DTG printing with the heat transfer or dye sublimation textile printing, the DTG is definitely easier and flexible. The heat transfer or dye sublimation textile printing can only be used on specific textile material, which is the poly fabric, like polyester and nylon. Unfortunately, this fabric isn’t ideal fabric for many usages, such as banner. Plus, with the global warming issue make the textile printing business need to change their business concept with the more environmentally friendlier concept. This is where natural textile takes big role. And, the printing method that can be used on this natural textile is the DTG printing method.
The other benefit is the detail of the image or design that was printed on the media. It’s much better than dye method. This is reasonable, because the DTG use the software to produce the image like what you want. This software, which is called RIP (Raster Image Processor) also can make the printer use multiple ink on the textile, which make the color looks sharper and realistic.
The problem is the money you need to spend to buy the equipment, if you have DTG printing business. It’s much bigger than the conventional method. However, if you see it as investment and look at it from effective production point of view, we can say this printing business is worth to try this method of print textile.