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    Print on textile

    Dear all, i want to print on textile (cotton or poly), so can you teach me how to do? i have printer use Epson head already. I'm looking for your reply.
    my email: [email protected]
    Thanks and best regards

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    textile

    Quote Originally Posted by hotkey View Post
    Dear all, i want to print on textile (cotton or poly), so can you teach me how to do? i have printer use Epson head already. I'm looking for your reply.
    my email: [email protected]
    Thanks and best regards
    hi hotkey, i'm interested in print on textile too, please send me information if you have, thanks.

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    sublimate it mate

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    Hello there

    do i need some kind of image calibration or a special work in the pieces that i want to print on textile?

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    What kind of printer are you using? We're looking at a GS6000 vs the HP Latex L26500 and i know the latex can do it, but the GS could also do that, right?

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    Can anyone suggest the best printer/ink combo for printing on cotton?

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    I have a Roland SC 540 EX and RS 640.
    And they both print directly to cloth material.
    It is a type of satin material from All Graphic Supplies.

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    it'd be awesome to be able to print directly on fabric, I have a Roland SP300v and I can do some fabrics, but very limited and it has to be paperbacked

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    I print right out of coredraw x6 to my DTG machine

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    Cotton and many natural fibers are usually printed with reactive inks but the steps for finish that are a nightmare. Involve vaporize the cloth and after wash it (the washing is a nightmare too). The other inks are pigment based with a formulation that atach the ink to the surface by aplying some hot. Best i´ve seen is the Dupont Artistry system but don´t expect rich colors as with reactive inks. That are systems natively developed for textile printing on any kind of cloth based on natural fibers.

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    is flexography appropriate to print on any sort of textile?

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    direct to garment or dye sublimation would probably be the way to go

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    complicated question with complex answer

    Last time I counted there were about 10 technologies that can be used for textile printing sorry if I can't remember them all right now.
    Each has a purpose and general minimum quantity for it.
    Some need expensive investments, but the learning curve is low, other need less investment but the learning curve may be steep or the applications are limited.

    For unique or small (~100 pcs) runs for T-shirt you can use:
    1. color printed printed digital transfer papers that need to be thermal pressed
    these come in 2 types: for white garments and for color/black garments
    + cheap investment (oki color laser printer and a GOOD a.i. NOT cheap chinese heat press)
    - not very durable (10 washes)
    - relatively expensive foils / sheet

    2. eco solvent printed and digital foils that need to be thermal pressed
    + more durable than laser digital paper (I've seen T-shirts that lasted 40 washes without any discoloration)
    - solvent printer with cutting(ploting) function is expensive

    3. flex or flock plotting cutting
    + cheaper investment than solvent
    + very durable (usually at least 50 washes)
    - slow technology with many color limitations

    4. star of the show: direct to garment printer
    + versatile with virtually no limitations to creativity
    - large investment (if you don't want any DIY or chinese sh*t)
    - very sensitive equipment, that needs constant usage
    - print durability is influenced by pre-treatment!

    5. Embroidery
    + you can sell these shirt with large profit margins
    - large investment
    - very steep learning curve to digitize even decent designs (programs)

    6. Laser etching for sport gears
    + you can sell these shirt with large profit margins
    - medium investment
    - very narrow application field (sport gears)

    7. Sublimation
    + medium to low setup cost
    - can only be used on polystyrene (nylon) or pretreated cotton shirts
    - can only be used on WHITE garment
    - needs VERY good heat press for uniform and good transfer

    8. for medium and large prints the king is still screen printing.
    + cheap cost per garment
    - steep learning curve (there are literally a gazillion types of inks, additives and techniques possible)
    - expensive job setup cost so it isn't suitable for small runs

    9. Gold (and other metalized) foil printing (this is more of a special effect technique)
    + unique look
    + niche market
    - niche market, so you need other general tech, this is just an extra feature

    10. Rhinest setting
    I don't use these because they seem very repulsive to my taste
    + niche market
    + low investment cost
    - very manual and slow

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gabibyte View Post
    What kind of printer are you using? We're looking at a GS6000 vs the HP Latex L26500 and i know the latex can do it, but the GS could also do that, right?
    Hi, "TPJozsef" gave a complete answer, i've just this to add.

    Latex dosen't give the same result as other technologies ie. "disperse dye sublimation", i have a HP LX600, and made several tests with it, you can print fabric.. but you cant reach the quality of the prints of dye sublimation Mimaki 320DS, with a in-line built heater (search Mtex 3200).
    Latex it's much easier to use... any body entering this "direct to fabric world" should expect some dificulties.

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