Awards & Engraving

January '17

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ing curve involved with RIP software, printing on polyester apparel, eliminating pretreatment, and yes, continued improv- ments to inks are all topics we can expect to hear about and see in coming years. Ultimately, D2 printing continues to evolve. Manufacturers and decorators alike are still searching for ways to streamline the process and further integrate the print- ers into their shop setups. However, printers are becoming more dependable and economical to use, and much of the feedback from early adapt- ers and practitioners continues to expand the technology's possibilities and viability. Having virtually no hand and the ability to print sharp, dynamic graphics without the extra steps that go into other methods, D2 printing has earned its place alongside the traditional methods of apparel decora- tion. The future, though not without chal- lenges, is bright for the discipline. BACK TO THE FUTURE D2 8 • THE DIGITAL DIRECT REPORT • 2016 D2 Above: D2 printing is a method still in its adolescence, and changes and developments should be expected. (Image courtesy Lawson) Bottom left: D2 is able to print sharp, photo-quality images on cotton garments. The process is also able to print intricate details and multiple colors relatively easily compared to traditional methods. (Images courtesy Brother) Below: Software continues to be developed that can be used on multiple operating systems, including Apple products. (Image courtesy Lawson) Below middle: White and CMYK inks no longer pose the issues they once did with D2 printing. (Image courtesy Epson) Bottom right: D2 can be used on substrates beyond garments, including shoes and hard goods. (Image courtesy Brother)

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