Awards & Engraving

January '17

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2016 • THE DIGITAL DIRECT REPORT • 15 resolution. You will get an increased amount of white ink by changing the resolution to 2,880 X 1,440 or 2,880 X 720. Ink Drying—First of all, the pressure on the press will always be light. It is a good idea to hover the heat press over the print for about 30 seconds before pressing; it helps to get some mois- ture out of the garment. You will always want to use the settings provided by the manufacturer for curing. Poly has a tendency to burn at the average D2 pressing temperatures, so a much lower temp is required. The cure time for light garments with no white ink will typically be about 60 seconds. When using white ink, the cure time will be a little longer; for instance, 90 seconds. Wash—The wash of poly is just like any other aspect of printing. You need to follow the ink manufacturer's require- ments. Poly should wear just as well as cotton, but as always, it is a good idea to provide wash instructions with all the print jobs you send out. The main requirements are to wash on gentle in cold water, turn the shirt inside out to get the best washabillity, and dry on low if a tumble drier is used. The possibility of printing on poly with D2 is truly is a giant leap forward. People have been asking about printing poly on an almost daily basis for years. This one drawback was a major reason for many people not to get into the discipline, because they only offer poly garments. But, with this advancement, D2 will likely become a much more common decoration method for many shops, and we'll continue to see its applications grow. Paul Green works for OmniPrint International, dis- tributor of the FreeJet line of direct-to-garment printers. He is also an industry seminar and webinar speaker and contributing writer. He has been in the printing industry for the last 10 years. After hours, Green is also an established fine artist and painter, and his work can be seen in group art shows around California. D2 Become a force in your marketplace by adding a Brother direct-to-garment printer to your business. Act now to get a very special price with easy financing* plus our enhanced P-DIP software, which makes operation a snap. We'll even add a one-year subscription to Great Dane Graphics. To connect with a DTG printing specialist, call 1-866-750-2543 or visit See for details. *Taxes and document fees are additional. Financing available only for business purposes. Void where prohibited. Prices may vary. See limited warranty for details. Visit or contact your Brother Sales Representative for information. Brother International Corporation reserves the right to revoke any stated offer. Great Dane Graphics is an independent company and Brother International Corporation makes no representations or warranties regarding such product or service. ©2016 Brother International Corporation. All rights reserved. Brother Industries, Ltd., Nagoya, Japan. Images for illustrative purposes only. Computer monitor and printed items not included.

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