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Okay I started out doing transfers. Now I do a lot of embroidery. But I'm thinking of adding a DTG machine. So what's the deal with them?

1) Who can give me the ups & downs of them?.
2) How are they better than screen printing?
3) Does the color last long and will it crack?
4) What all can you print on?
5) What all can you print?
6) What is the cost of the machines?
 

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Okay I started out doing transfers. Now I do a lot of embroidery. But I'm thinking of adding a DTG machine. So what's the deal with them?

1) Who can give me the ups & downs of them?.
2) How are they better than screen printing?
3) Does the color last long and will it crack?
4) What all can you print on?
5) What all can you print?
6) What is the cost of the machines?
Hi Marc, have you read through some of the threads here about the different DTG machines?

which dtg related topics at T-Shirt Forums

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-garment-dtg-inkjet-printing/t45383.html

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-garment-dtg-inkjet-printing/t41520.html

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-garment-dtg-inkjet-printing/t20424.html

It should give you a good overview of most of the questions.

2) How are they better than screen printing?
I'm not sure it's better, just serves a different purpose (short run, full color printing)

6) What is the cost of the machines?
Roughly $15,000 - $100,000+ for a new one. You can find used ones out there on eBay, EquipmentZone, craigslist, the classifieds here, etc for under $10,000
 

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Okay I started out doing transfers. Now I do a lot of embroidery. But I'm thinking of adding a DTG machine. So what's the deal with them?

1) Who can give me the ups & downs of them?.
2) How are they better than screen printing?
3) Does the color last long and will it crack?
4) What all can you print on?
5) What all can you print?
6) What is the cost of the machines?
#1 (ups) full color prints one at a time, typically DTG printing is for orders of 50 or less, although we seem to be doing more 100 pc orders right at the moment. (downs) wow, depends on who you talk to, what machine they have, how they preform their maintenance, if they print with white ink, and how often they print. DTG's like to print they don't like to sit, the longer one sits the more likely your going to have problems.

There are tons of threads here on TSF stating problems, I'd suggest you search a specific brand and read.

#2 Easy....full color prints one at a time, the cost to do one shirt is the same as 100, but the cost vs screen printing at lets say 10 shirts DTG is going to be a cheaper process for full color, in a large order screen printing is always going to be king in cost per shirt.

#3 Done correctly DTG prints will not crack, and have great wash ability holding their colors same as any other process.

#4 Typically 100% cotton, light and dark shirts, hoodies, sweats, you can also print on caps with some of the printers, tote bags, golf balls, basically anything you can either pretreat so the ink will adhere and you can stuff under the print head you can print on, there is also a new pretreatment on the market that allows you to print on 100% polyester fabric.

#5 See #4

#6 Used (not recommended) $0-?????, refurb typically in the $8-10k range, new $17k, and up to several hundred thousand dollars! Most single platen machines new are in the $17-20k range, dual platen machines in the 20-50k range and on up.

There is a good thread here that might help you.

http://www.t-shirtforums.com/direct-garment-dtg-inkjet-printing/t41520.html

Hope this helps.
 
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