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Old March 5th, 2008 Mar 5, 2008 12:52:31 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Dtg 101 – Guide for People Thinking about DTG Printing

Over the past couple of years, I have been collecting links from forum posts that I think are important for a company looking at purchasing a dtg printer. With the help of several other dtg printers in the industry, I have taken these links and turned it into a document that covers most of the basic things that a prospective dtg buyer should know.

Here is the link to the paper - www.multirip.com/dtg101.pdf.

I wanted to release this document through the forums because you will see links thorough out the document to posts that talks specifically about the item in the document. If you want to contribute to the paper, please follow the link to the forum post and put your comments there. This way the information can continue to grow. This is why I call the document an i-Paper (AKA an industry paper).
I hope you find this document valuable and it helps you make the best decision possible for your company.

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P.S. Thanks need to be provided to the following people for submitting pictures and helping me to write this document:
Bobbie @ Bright Little Beginnings
Dane @ Great Dane Graphics
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Eric @ Jack Print and Designs
Justin @ Contract DTG
Laura @ Stylish Designs
Mike @ Gunslinger
Chris @ As Seen On Me
Fred @ C-Horse Software
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Old March 5th, 2008 Mar 5, 2008 1:05:02 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Dtg 101 – Guide for People Thinking about DTG Printing

Really a great white paper for the industry!

Mark, did you get my link for the pics you needed?
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Great Job Mark!
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Nice.

Is this flexi user [email protected] ?
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I think he was refering to me I sent him some pics of my flexi-jet

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Wow Mark, that was incredible! Nice work.
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Wow, a really nice guide! I shall have to print this off sometime and get a proper read of it!
 
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Sorry folks, I just realized a mistake. I am traveling and the internet connection during the upload was disconnected. If you have a document that has a watermark on it, then please click on the link again (www.multirip.com/dtg101.pdf) to get the final version. I just checked and the correct version is now available.
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Default Re: Dtg 101 – Guide for People Thinking about DTG Printing

Great PDF! I like the table comparing all of the different ways to print shirts.
 
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That's really nice of you Mark, good job, and thanks very much for this paper. I'm wondering "what's in it for you", but I also think It's not polite to ask that, (so please just ignore this sentence).

So what do you think, Should I go for a DTG or what? Will it be the cheapest Kornit or an HM1? Thanks again!
 
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Default Re: Dtg 101 – Guide for People Thinking about DTG Printing

Wow, that was a long read, but very informative. Interesting thing you mentioned about your "Digital Concept Show", as at the moment, we have some embroidery machines, a CLC for heat transfers, versacamms and even a LaserPro laser cutter/engraver. But those would certainly not fit a 10x10 feet area, . Anyway, at the moment, the embroidery part of the business has the most sales. Maybe because we started with that.
 
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Default Re: Dtg 101 – Guide for People Thinking about DTG Printing

Byron,

I don't have a problem answering the "What's in it for you?" question. I get questions all the time via PM about whether a company should get into dtg printing or what printer to go with. For a long time, I would send links to posts for people to look at to help them make their decision. If someone wanted to hire me as a consultant to look at their business plan, their business and help determine which machine works best for them... then I would go into much more detail and get them in contact with people that own the different machines. This dtg 101 pdf was designed for people to looking at dtg printing. I think it covers most of the basic things that they need to know before they go to evaluate the different machines. Over the past couple of years, I have talked to many companies that should not have purchased a dtg printer. It was either not a match for their business model or they were not technically ready for it.

You will notice that there is no recommendation in the paper for one specific machine. This is because the best machine for your business requires us to know specific things about your business. These are the questions that the sales people should be asking you if they really want you to have the best machine for your business. Ultimately, you have the responsibility of making sure you ask the right questions to ensure your investment is going into the right machine.

The Digital Concept Shop is where you are seeing some of the most successful companies doing. The basic principle is sell more items at short runs (i.e. higher profits) to the same customers then trying to get more customers buying the same things in higher runs. Just need to be careful that you don't grow too fast to the point where you don't know how to properly use all the equipment. This is why it is important that however you purchase the equipment from is going to support you.

Hope this answers your questions. Well, except for the one that asks about which machine. Just don't know enough about your company to make an appropriate answer without guessing. But the paper should help you in that process.

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I think anyone considering getting into the Decorated Apparel industry should read this before establishing their business model. Very well put together!

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Thank you Kevin. Maybe someone else out there would do the same for screen printing, embroidery, dye sub and inkjet transfers. Not enough time in the day for me.
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Sorry folks, I just realized a mistake. I am traveling and the internet connection during the upload was disconnected. If you have a document that has a watermark on it, then please click on the link again (www.multirip.com/dtg101.pdf) to get the final version. I just checked and the correct version is now available.
WOW!! Thanks so much. A wonderful paper. Haven't read it all yet, but sure will. (have to actually do some work here today) You've put so much into it - it's really appreciated by all, I'm sure!
 






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