October '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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White ink has always been challenging for direct-to- garment printers and still requires maintenance, but is possible to use. (Image courtesy Lon Winters) 2 0 1 5 O C T O B E R P R I N T W E A R || 99 job and combines standard screen printing materials (including flock, metallic, foil, and glitter) with photorealistic images. It is a perfect solution for existing screen printers to expand into the growing digital market. This type of digital printer bridges the worlds of screen printing and digital direct-to-garment printing. RICK MACALI, HIRSCH INTERNATIONAL What are the advantages of purchasing a digital direct-to-garment printer that can be stationed over a platen? Can you give some examples of profitable applications? There is a digital printer created to replace a print head on a screen printing press. One of the main advantages is that a digital printer is capable of printing more than 16 million colors without all the screens. Another advantage of this technology is that it can fit on just about any screen printing machine, be it manual or automatic, car- ousel or oval. It reduces the amount of screens needed to print a

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