June '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 0 P R I N T W E A R J U N E 2 0 1 9 E veryone who does direct-to- garment (D2) printing is always looking to improve their prints and workflow process. Moving from a smaller to a larger scale D2 production facility takes planning and an understanding of the more nu- anced and technical side of D2. Further, as your production grows, so will your staff. This might mean a new role for you, the shop owner. Having new operators means you need to produce a clear and executable standard operating procedure (SOP) to maintain quality prints. Hav- ing consulted with the industry to help D2 printers scale up their operations and maximize production workflow, there is both a science and art to producing the best D2 prints. Below are some helpful tips and tricks that large D2 operations put in place. DOCUMENT EVERYTHING The most successful D2 printers can re- peat a job, whether it was one month ago or one year ago. This means being able to recall the exact same settings and pa- rameters, including RIP settings, color density, and amount of pretreat solution used. Make a system for documenting your work. Writing it down on paper is helpful, but consider keeping this infor- mation in an electronic file, such as Excel, Word, or a Google Doc. USE QUALITY GARMENTS D2 printing works best with 100% cot- ton shirts. Look for garments that are high quality and ring spun. A T-shirt that is of lower quality might result in a less than desirable print. Some D2 printers have had success with 50/50 and tri-blend material garments. Those that are making it work have done significant testing prior to offering it to PRINT PERFECT D2 TIPS FROM HIGH- PRODUCTION D2 SHOPS T A Y L O R L A N D E S M A N

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