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.
The buzzword these days is on demand printed tees. On demand tees is a new term to promote direct to garment printing. (DTG printing)
DTG printing is a completely different process from regular silk screen printing. It is different because DTG does not use screens in the process.
The whole process of not using traditional screening means quicker set up time. It also means no dangerous chemicals will be used in the process. Generally screen print inks contain formaldehyde and solvents with carcinogenic compounds. The day is coming when we will see ads on late night television reading “did you work in a screen printing shop and do you have a breathing problem? Call 1-800-screen ink for help.”
Screen printing inks are just not healthy, the chemicals stink, and they are messy and dangerous.
Digital to Garment printing is so much cleaner. There is no mess, the inks are environmentally friendly and there is no ugly smell. Northwest Custom Apparel is a on demand printer. We have two Kornit printers manufactured in Israel. These monsters can churn out environmentally friendly apparel. The products are 100% kids safe. PTA fundraisers now don’t have any serious liabilities when fund raising with DTG printed tees.
On demand printing means you can come up with an idea on day one and on day two you can have your product in hand. Decosource is the only company in the Seattle/Tacoma who can offer this service
Memorial shirts are very popular to honor a loved one who has passed and wants to be remembered at the celebration of life.
Championships need to be celebrated and this is easily done with on demand tees with a nice graphic on the front highlighting the victory. The shirts you see on TV for championship games are all done as on demand printing.
To summarize Decosource can do on demand hoodies or tees and meet all your emergency garment printing requirements.