Screen Printing vs Digital Printing
The question always asked is what process is better for decorating tee shirt?
Quality of the print
One feature of digital to garment printing is the quality of the print. The detail on DTG printing is far superior to screen printing With dtg you can choose as many colors as you want and not have to set up a separate screen for each color. This allows DTG to print small orders.
High cost for multicolor small orders
The cost for multicolor screen printing on small orders is very high. This is why a DTG print will knock your socks off.
However if the order is large lets say over a 144 pieces the screen print method becomes cost reasonable. You can amortize the cost of the set up over the price of the large order.
Fill in orders are killers
But one disadvantage is when the customer wants you to do a fill in order. A fill in order is a post order when the customer realizes they need an additional three pieces. The set up gets quite expensive.
One problem with screen printing inks is that they have carcinogenic compounds in the ink. This never was a problem until someone discovered that these inks can be harmful to kids. Government regulations dictate that only water based ink should be used for youth. The cutoff age is generally 12 years. This is a hard one to enforce but the day will come when enforcement will become mandatory.
Soft hand to the touch
DTG printing using water based inks is very soft to the touch. Screen prints inks generally are plastisol and hard to the touch. It’s a crime to screen print a soft cotton top with plastisol inks. The feel is horrible.
DTG gives the garment a very soft and comfortable feel when it is worn. Women especially like the soft feel on a cotton garment on their chest.
At Decosource all our inks and materials are environmentally safe.