Direct to Garment Deep Dive


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. Terry and Aaron discussed all things DTG in this direct to garment deep dive. Terry is coming off of an all day training seminar at the NBM Long Beach show showing people the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer, so we will be asking him to share some tips and tricks from that event. The guys will also discuss the beginning of the Direct to Garment segment of our industry as well as discuss what the future might hold.

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Direct to Garment Deep Dive

Where direct to garment came from in the industry.

  • The early days
    • Matt Rhome 1996
    • US Screen (T-Jet), Brother and Mimaki – SGIA Minneapolis 2004
  • Tried and failed
    • Screen printing pretreatment on a shirt
    • Printing discharge ink through a print head
  • Early innovators – Like car buyers at the turn of the previous century

Overview of the current state of direct to garment.

  • Commercial machines now
  • The Frankenstein machines are on the decline
  • Most buyers purchase both a DTG and an automatic pretreat machine
  • Environment is still critical
    • Not just clogging – head cleaning
  • Process is basically still the same as the early days, just vastly more consistent
  • Do your homework – a bit of smoke and mirrors still today

Future of direct-to-garment?

  • Polyesters and more specifically performance wear
    • Probably the biggest buzz among potential customers
  • All machines will print at a higher rate of speed
  • Pretreated garments will likely be the future as well

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Other News/Events

Terry’s Books

Screen Printing: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Own T-Shirt Business Just $4.95 as an e-book.

Direct to Garment: A Practical Guide to Starting Your Own T-Shirt Business Just $4.95 as an e-book.

Scheduling and Estimating Production Time for Garment Screen Printing Just $2.99 as an e-book

Equipment ZoneThis show is brought to you for a full hour by: Equipment Zone, with 20 years experience selling garment printing equipment nationwide. Equipment Zone offers the new Epson F2000 SureColor direct-to-garment printer, their own VelociJet-XL DTG printer, and the all new SpeedTreater-TX automatic pretreat machine with a full 16”x24” pretreat area. Introductory price is $3,995. Equipment Zone also carries a full line of DTG inks and supplies. Go to

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