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Start Here October '18

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20 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 The guy holding up a t-shirt is showing off what Kornit Digital's Storm Hexa machine can do. Image courtesy of Kornit Digital North America. Direct-to-Garment Printer Manufacturers Company Website All American www.screenprintsupply.com Azon Printer www.azonprinter.com AnaJet www.anajet.com Brother www.brother-usa.com ColDesi (DTG) http://dtgprintermachine.com Epson www.epson.com Kornit www.kornit.com M&R Companies www.mrprint.com OmniPrint Int'l. www.omniprintonline.com Polyprint DTG www.polyprintdtg.com If a print shop is entering into the direct-to-garment market, they need to make sure their space is controlled for tem- perature and humidity to keep the ink flowing, Crocker says. In large spaces, it is difficult to control temperature and humidity. He recom- mends that people with large floor spaces put their direct-to-garment printer inside an enclosed space inside the bigger build- ing. That could mean putting a green- house-type building around it or hanging heavy plastic around the space. "I've seen some pretty creative appro- aches to dealing with that," he says. If the printer is in a medium-sized room in which a shop can control the humid- ity, just having a non-misting humidifier in the room right next to the printer will suffice, he adds. Screen printers have started seriously looking at direct-to-garment printers because they are tired of turning away small orders, says Crocker. They get a lot of high volume orders, but occasionally a client will request a small run. Then it is up to the printer to decide if it is worth wasting money on screens for such a small order or whether they should send the job to a print shop that has a direct-to-garment printer already. They lose profit, and customers, when they go that route, he adds. A lot of times they will add direct to garment to their mix so they can offer cli- ents the full gamut of products. Screen printers also use direct-to-garment printers as a sampling tool. If they make their own designs, they can print out samples on the direct-to-garment printer to show wherever they distribute their designs. Embroidery shops are also getting into the direct-to-garment market because their customers decide they want something beyond just embroidery. Sign shops get into it because their busi- ness customers will sometimes ask them if they can do shirts for them as well, Crocker adds. For the most part, direct-to-garment printing is simple to learn, says Perrelli. The software, print modes and process steps take a lot of the guesswork out of file setup and shirt prep. The Vulcan printer is built to drastically reduce turnaround times on large orders. Photo courtesy of Kornit Digital. DIRECT-TO-GARMENT

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