DTG Printing (Direct to Garment)
Direct to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, digital direct to garment printing, digital apparel printing, and inkjet to garment printing, is a process of printing on textiles and garments using specialized inkjet technology. The key requirements of a DTG printer are the application of specialty inks (inkjet textile inks) that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the organic fibers. All direct to garment printers are descendants of the desktop inkjet printers and began in late 2004.
Direct to garment (DTG) printing is most commonly implemented on garments that are made primarily of cotton or cotton blends, or other organic materials, although recent developments in technology have allowed for superior performance on 50/50 cotton/poly blends. DTG printing on dark garments requires pre-treating the fabric in order to achieve opacity on dark garments.
DTG is seen as a viable solution for low-quantity orders previously not possible because of the expensive setup process of screen printers. DTG Printing does not use screens as in the screen printing industry, therefore the ability to apply ink onto garments is considerably faster, and since it can utilize multiple inks at one time, it allows you to create a shirt in as little as 60 seconds. And since you don’t create screens, you can create significant cost savings on small lots.
The bottom line is DTG printing provides a really good solution for those high detail, full color, fast turn, and/or small order quantity orders.