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Ryonet's DTG expert Luke Ryerkerk sat down with Printavo to talk about all the ins and outs of DTG. An hour later, Luke shared a ton of great content. Now, we know not all of you have the time to watch a video of that length, so we pulled out the key information you need to know.
If you are considering to try DTG printing, remember that it's an expensive gig to get into. Look into your business thoughtfully to ensure that it is the best thing for you to do.
If you're thinking DTG is the route you want to take, Luke suggests getting either an Epson or PolyPrint (he's currently printing with the PolyPrint TexJet Echo2). Learn how to take care of your printer to get the most out of it.
If you take the plunge and try out DTG printing, Luke shares great advice about the best workflow for DTG printing. Recently at the Impressions Expo, Luke demonstrated great workflow tips, so check out that video for more information. DTG inks are more expensive, but learn some tips and tricks about storing and maintaining DTG inks.
One of the biggest questions people ask – how does DTG compare to screen printing. The main factor that differentiates the reason to print via DTG or screen printing is quantity of the order. Screen printing is more expensive for low-quantity orders. Let's take a look at why that's the case.
Screen Printing Setup Costs:
Screen Printing Setup Time Costs:
Yeah, that's all for ONE screen. What if it's a six color design? And they only want 10 shirts? Yikes, no thank you. This is where having a DTG printer would be quite handy. If you receive an order like this example and have a DTG printer, learn how to price the shirts.
The rest of Luke's conversation with Printavo addresses heat transfers vs. DTG and direct to garment printing for online stores. If you're interested in learning more about these topics, head to Printavo's blog.
In conclusion, DTG printing is another useful tool to consider for your shop if you receive many low-quantity orders, highly complex art, and you need to speed up setup times.