Printwear

2016 D2 Report

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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30 • THE DIGITAL DIRECT REPORT • 2016 DOING DIRECT Direct-to-substrate printing has grown immensely since its inception. It's now easier to use and faster than ever, with fewer obstacles than there were in the past. Today, there are plenty of opportunities to be had with the right equipment. For more on the D2 equipment featured here, see supplier's website and telephone information after each product. THE D2 REPORT SHOWCASE MAC DRIVER Brother International introduces a driver for Mac OS users working with the GT-3 series of direct- to-garment printers. Users working with the El Capitan operating system can print directly from their design software to the printer. Installed natively on the Mac computer, users can select a variety of settings from the driver to print in full-color onto the substrate without having a dedicated Windows computer. n Visit: www.brotherdtg.com n Call: 866-750-2543 HEAT PRESS Reported suitable for use as a pre- and post-curing agent for direct-to-garment printing, the Insta 158 Digital Auto Release Digi-Press from Insta Graphic Systems is a lightweight, auto-open heat press. Featuring even heat and pressure distribution mechanisms, the press also has a digital time and tem- perature controls and can be operated either manually or automatically. n Visit: www.instagraph.com n Call: 562-404-3000 D2-ENGINEERED T RTP Apparel introduces a T-shirt engineered for direct-to-garment printing which requires no pretreat- ment. Said to be designed with ink-reactive fabric, the shirts license and utilize pretreatment technol- ogy from Image Armor and are completely pretreated. Every part of the shirt can be printed. Common issues with pretreatment "boxes," staining, dye reactions, and inconsistent application have been reportedly removed. The shirts will be available in black and white, sizes S–3X. n Visit: www.rtpapparel.com n Call: 877-673-4377 CURING SYSTEM Brown Manufacturing Group offers the FireFly curing system in single-, two-, and three-lane ver- sions. Using thermal imaging technology, the systems use quartz heat and feature 36 stored running programs, job-costing information, independent lane control, and more. The display also includes a thermal imprint-monitoring screen, air-control features such as speed exhaust, upper and lower con- vection, and a heavy-duty drive train. Each lane can be lengthened, and belt speeds can be adjusted between one second and almost 100 minutes in the chamber. Other features include the optional Linx Control System Integration, which puts all defined programs into barcode information. n Visit: www.brownmfgdigital.com n Call: 616-249-0200

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