The DTG printer is essentially a more sophisticated cousin of your office’s inkjet printer. It works the same way. In general, the process is quite self-explanatory, basically, the ink gets injected directly into the material and is absorbed by the cotton. The only difference being that instead of paper, a DTG printer prints on wholesale t shirts.
It seems a whole lot older, but the commercial printers especially computer printers became available in the 1980s. The rise of the PCs combined with the printers that don’t get clogged with dry paint allowed the printers to be established first in the offices and then in homes. It didn’t take long for people to start figuring out if they could print on something else than paper, like wholesale t shirts.
The first prototypes of DTG printers were invented in 2004 – they could print on 3D objects like wood. However, they had problems. There’s colour ink and black ink but white ink needed to be well-researched, and so these early printers aren’t as good with black wholesale t shirts. Luckily it was quickly developed.
Unlike with screen printing which creates a layer of paint on the material, DTG injects colour into the fibres. It won’t feel thicker, and won’t tear as easily. It’s easy to set up – it’s essentially as complicated as using a regular printer. It’s also great with printing colourful, detailed images. The downside is that it’s still insanely expensive – the technology is still new. The machine can cost €15000 or even more! And that’s not the including the cost of ink, software and pre-treatment liquid. The ink is delicate and doesn’t work on all types of garments – only on wholesale t shirts and other clothes made mostly out of cotton. Is it worth it? Well, the more people adopts a new technology the cheaper it becomes.