garment printing optionsPosted by Peter Holt on March 31, 2013 at 12:13 pm
Have been printing garments for almost two years now, currently its vinyl or sublimation.
But i fancy increasing this, ideally would like DTG, but for the money i want to spend (6k) this doesnt seem feasiable.
So i would think i am looking at more like a print/cut machine like the bn-20 or sp300i (older technology tho i think?).
What are everyones suggestions or recomendations to branch out with?
MemberMarch 31, 2013 at 12:35 pm
For 6k you could get into screen printing. Check out wicked printing stuff.
But you would need more room to do this.
Dtg is ok, it’s getting better all the time. You’d need to spend 12k to get started with a good kit.
As with most things there are pluses and minuses with most options.
We sold our dtg printer as it didn’t get the use, HMO is if you don’t use it everyday for at least 2 hrs then its not for you, too much maintence.
I also don’t like the pretreatment stain on the garment.
I would spend the money on something where it gave you more bang for your buck, a versacams or similar would open up more options.
It depends upon your business model, the person we sold our dtg printer, printed 8 hrs aday and had more orders to justifying buying another. He designed t shirts and sold them on eBay and amazon.
MemberMarch 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm
Sadly do not have the room for screen printing, we work in a converted double garage at home with 4 x presses (1 mug, 2 flat, 1 hat), 3 printers (dye ricoh, a3 epson inkjet and a big HP – mainly office use this one). so its a little tight in there with two desks, stock, etc.
we do wall arts and t-shirts, mainly printing the latter, the ability to do better quality heat pressed garments appeals. The A3 epson inkjet is only used for left breast sized prints, would like to be able to do larger colour prints onto more than just white shirts which we are restricted to with out current sublimation setup.
I have looked at bn-20 nice machine, odd size (does this restrict media?) and slow print. have been offered a recon versancamm sp300v for 1k less than a new bn-20, so would be interested to hear people’s thoughts about which is the better option.
Size is a consideration, the sp300 is about as big as we can fit currently.
MemberMarch 31, 2013 at 5:50 pm
I used to have an SP300-V, but ended up spending loads on maintenance, new heads, etc.
I now have the BN-20 and love it. Yes, the print speed does restrict it, but there are options to print faster through VersaWorks.
I haven’t had any problems getting media either. For garment printing, loads of suppliers do 500mm wide. For other stufff, I get a 1370 wide roll and get it slit to 2x 500 and 1 x 370. Works a treat.
MemberMarch 31, 2013 at 9:03 pm
That was very useful, thanks.
how on earth are you splitting the wider rolls?
MemberMarch 31, 2013 at 9:15 pm
My suppliers do it for me.
MemberApril 2, 2013 at 1:39 pm
Have you used or considered Magic Touch printing paper? Their WOW does seem to be impressive, still yet to try it myself.
Where do you trade Peter?
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