DTG ink is available for variety of DTG printer systems including Epson DTG engines and Ricoh DTG engines and more. Our featured DTG ink supplies include our own DTG PRO house brand, as well as the popular Kodak DTG ink, Dupont DTG ink, Image Armor DTG ink and Ricoh DTG ink brands. DTG or Direct-to-garment printing is basically a high-quality process that involves printing to cloth or fabric (typically cotton, or high percentage cotton:polyester blends). Unlike traditional printing, this type of printing uses proprietary aqueous ink jet technology.
Direct-to-garment (DTG) printers are usually designed with a platen to firmly hold a garment in place. Then, the print head jets or sprays the garment with the DTG printer inks. Since this process is digital, one can expect a sharper and higher resolution print than competing technologies such as screen printing and others. Unlike the traditional printing methods, DTG can also print a single shirt for minimal cost - short runs!.
Before printing, the garment should undergo pre-treatment using a pre-treatment sprayer or machine ( PTM ). This helps it to achieve the following: A smoother substrate by laying down loose fibers.
A firmer bond between the textile's fibers and the pigmented inks.
The characteristic to chemically react with the inks for easy drying and curing.
How Does DTG Ink Work?
DTG inks contain what are known as fusing agents. The fusing agent enables the ink to stay on the fabric permanently after the garment is printed with the design and pressed. Thus, one can expect to have a high-quality vibrant colored print that is durable and long lasting. DTG makes use of the CMYK color model. Generally, the process for translating the colors from the digital image into ink to print onto the garment depends on this model. This model comprises of four colors namely cyan, magenta, yellow, and black-- the key color.
This model is also referred to as four-color processing as it uses the combinations of the four ink colors. These colors are applied according to their order in the acronym, to come up with all the colors in the digital design. The inks then bind directly with the textile's fibers. Hence, cotton is a much better material than Polyester as the former is made of fibrous material while the latter is made of a smoother material. After all the colors have been added and the design is finally ready, the garment is then be heated to dry the ink.
This will then give an output with the inks attached directly to the fibers as if they were just naturally part of the fabric. Aside from that, if the garment is well-cared for, the design print will remain soft and vibrant and won't crack. DTG is truly an efficient technology. If you are looking for high-quality DTG ink to help you print accurately intricate designs, look no further than DTG Pro. Not only does DTG Pro provide DTG ink from its own house brand, but also from popular brands like Kodak DTG ink, Ricoh DTG ink, Dupont DTG ink and Image Armor DTG ink. Whatever your DTG ink needs are, we have you covered.