Printwear

2016 D2 Report

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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F or the last few years, we have seen some major hurdles disappear in direct-to-garment (D2). One such hurdle the technology has made in 2016 is the introduction of a new ink technology for use on cotton and polyes- ter. This includes white ink for dark poly garments, the thing we have been waiting for since the birth of D2. So far, the ink is only available from a limited amount of manufacturers, but in just one year the products available have gotten even better with improved dispersion for stronger whites and better washabillity. POLY PROCEDURES The process for printing on dark polyestyer is basically the same as cotton and will need to be pretreated before printing. The same ink is used for cotton and poly, but a different pretreatment solu- tion is used depending on garment color for both materials. Es- sentially, you will have a pretreatment for light cotton, dark cot- ton, light poly, and dark poly. Poly printing is the same process, with a few changes to set- tings. Depending on the ink brand, there will be some different PRINTING 100 PERCENT POLY B Y PA U L G R E E N 10 • THE DIGITAL DIRECT REPORT • 2016

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