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July '21

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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U L Y G R A P H I C S P R O 5 7 problem I experienced with different films is that the colors would not all transfer as vividly. I would not even think of switching ink sources for fear of incompatibilities. • Warranties – I have found no war- ranties are offered on any part in the system at the time of writing. You may get some support discussion, but no free repair or replacement of parts whatsoever. I found one domes- tic supplier offers after-sale support at an additional charge. • Slow print speeds – To get the best quality print transfer, you must select the highest print resolution, i.e., 1,440 DPI. We can print at 720 X 1,440 and still get good quality prints but any lower resolution will invite banding to appear in the print. • White ink fallout – Just like with DTG printers, unless you buy a high-end printer that offers recir- culation of white ink, usually only available on wide-format automatic roll printer models, you will need to shake the white ink bottle for a cou- ple minutes at the start of every print day. An occasional need to prime the damper using a syringe at the start of a new day may also be required. WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS Having experience with printing on Epson desktop printers and any familiar- ity with software RIPs will ease the learn- ing curve. The downside of venturing into this new print technology is there is not a lot of information, support, or warran- ties that come with a purchase . . . yet. I have been researching and beta testing the DTF printing process for only five months. I found the benefits of owning a DTF system are exciting and lucrative. As I write this, I am also aware of some American-based companies working dil- igently to begin to supply desktop and wide-format systems. This will be great for the obvious reasons — good commu- nication and support. GP CARY GREEN started LRi/Laser Reproductions in 1991. The company provides a full service of sublimation blanks, printing, and supplies and is based in Skokie, Illinois. You can reach him at cary@laserreproductions.com. JCA038 LADIES COOL COWL NECK SHOWN IN PINK MELANGE JCA070 LADIES WORKOUT LEGGINGS SHOWN IN BLACK JCA001 COOL T SHOWN IN FIRE RED JHA074 TAPERED TRACK PANTS SHOWN IN BLACK

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