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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 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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