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[Flexi-Jet Model L] Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

 
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Old July 21st, 2011 Jul 21, 2011 5:24:07 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Printing has been going well these days, so now i am trying to better my processes.

I have a Gildan Womens B-8705

Bassically it is a light material about the consistancy of half the thickness of a regular T shirt with 98 % cotton and 2 % spandex.

My question is, when i am laying down the white layer, should i lay it down at 1440x1440? or give a lighter layer of maybe 1440x720? or 720x720??

Or, do i adjust the density chart in the PowerRIp??

what are my options to get the best print??
 
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Old July 22nd, 2011 Jul 22, 2011 4:51:24 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Kevin / Jerid ?? anyone with any input??
 
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Default Re: Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

The best thing anyone can recommend is to buy a shirt and print multiple small test prints on the garment using the different settings, take a picture of them and then wash them. Then look to see which one looks the best. I recommend doing this any time you try to print on a new model of a shirt. You never know how the sizing chemicals / dyes are going to react with the ink till you wash the shirt.

In general, the lighter the fabric... the least amount of hand you want on the garment from any decorating technique. So to lower the hand on a dtg print, you would typically drop less ink. of course you still have to make sure you get enough white ink to block the color of the garment.

Good luck with your testing.

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Default Re: Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

Sorry Tony, I've been on the floor for 2 weeks now learning how to build the printers so I know these inside and out. Haven't had much time to check the forums.

Like Mark said, it's probably better just to do the testing. Every material could act different. With a 98% cotton, it would most likely still need the higher ink lay down, but that being said, the thinner material might do better with a lower setting. Regardless of what printer you use, testing is critical. It's nearly impossible for anyone to know how the final print will come out because of the various types of materials, styles, fabrics, dyes used, knit and the various other factors.

If I had to guess, I would assume the 1440x720 would work, but without testing, it's just a guess....
 
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Default Re: Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

We printed on Bella 8705 (98/2) before. We get good result With 1440X720 (white) + 1440X720 (color) .
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Kevin / Jerid ?? anyone with any input??
Pardon me Tony, I just returned from a much needed vacation. How did the testing/printing go?
 
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Default Re: Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

i did print on it using 1440x1440 white and 720x720 color.

I was somewhat satisfied with the print, but i do not like printing on this material.

I dont think i will offer it in the furure to my clients.
 
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Default Re: Printing on Black Thin Garment Material

What didn't you like about it? Too thick of a hand?
 






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