The traditional printing process requires many steps such as plate making, color matching, proofing, etc. The cycle of traditional proofing is generally about one week. Once the designer’s sample is determined, it is very tedious work to modify it. The more colors of the pattern there are, the more versions it required, and the longer the preparation time. Traditional printing and dyeing production are limited by chromatography and pattern length, and textile pattern design is limited. The traditional process of watercolor mixing paste is not only difficult to ensure the consistency of the design, but also high energy consumption and high pollution, which is contrary to the pollution-free principles of today’s society. In addition, using traditional process printing, the smaller the production batch is, the higher the goods costs and the slower delivery speed is.
Simple operation process
The operation steps of the DTG printing machine are simple. Usually, only one computer and one printing machine need to be prepared. An operator can carry out printing operations independently. There are no harsh requirements on the operator’s experience. Essential skills for them to hold are image processing software. No plate making, coloring, washing, and other steps, only one click, there it is.
In short, DTG printing technology is to input the patterns into the computer(digital form), edit and process them through CAD, and then the computer controls the micro piezoelectric inkjet nozzle to spray special dye directly onto the textiles to form the required pattern.
A handful of orders are acceptable
This kind of digital technology made the requirement for personalized items, a small number of orders, and quick response to customers’ demands realized. One commodity can also be printed. The sample design can be fulfilled very fast. Customers could see the sample effect within 10 minutes. Most importantly, the technology can meet the needs of customers for customized goods. Customers may ask designers to provide patterns for them, or they can design their patterns freely, and then specify the location of the patterns to be printed. It can be said that with the digital direct jet printing machine, customers themselves are also designers, who are free to create their own products.
The digital printing that we are concerned about has rich colors. It can print 16.7 million colors by using four colors of ink and spot color ink. In the printing of high-precision patterns such as color gradient and moire, digital printing has unparalleled advantages in the industry. For all the consumers, from home decorations to clothing and tourism supplies, personalized design can be carried out according to personal preferences. Inkjet printing products have rich colors, natural transition, and clear patterns. The great improvement in printing accuracy makes it possible to produce high-definition textiles so that designers can break through the limitations of traditional fabric printing technology and give full play to their imagination.
Convenient modification of design draft
Generally, the time for sample preparation shall not exceed one working day. The design drawings can be modified at any time on the computer, and the pattern materials are rich. The shape of patterns and color matching can be changed at will. In the past, it took several days or even dozens of days for a product to be designed and delivered. Now customers select patterns and fabrics at their wishes, and the finished products can be delivered within 1 ~ 2 hours, which can better meet the personalized needs of consumers. This is the charm of Technology.
Requiring smaller space
The inkjet printing equipment covers a smaller area and can be printed in the factory or in the company office. Different from the traditional printing factory, which needs a special tracing room, plate making room, spacious printing workshop, and washing post-treatment workshop, the pure direct-to-garment printing machine does not need steam cleaning and does not need various types of tools and materials. The company who do printing business can accept customers’ orders online. For example, consumers can print their loved designs or even their photos, paintings, and other artworks on textiles to make them new artworks.
6. Low energy consumption and low pollution
Since water or color paste is not used in the spray printing process, this type of printer directly puts the dye solution in a special box and sprays it on the fabric on demand. The ink used in the spray printing is supplied whenever it is necessary. There is no waste water in the whole printing process and no dye discharged from the washing of the printing machine in the mixing room. Moreover, the noise is low. It is a real cleaner producing method. At the same time, the consumption of film, screens, silver cylinders, and other materials is also eliminated.
From the above analysis, we can see that the characteristics of DTG printing are not available in traditional printing. Although named printing, it is actually a completely different concept from the effect and printed products. In the digital age, automated equipment is slowly replacing manual labor. It is only a matter of time before the direct-to-garment printing machine replaces the traditional one. Besides, the error rate of finished products printed by automatic machines is low, which is another proof to replace manual operation.