What is Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing?

Customise t-shirts using dye sublimation technologyDirect to garment printing, also known as DTG printing, is a method of digitally printing an image onto cotton textiles.

Direct to garment printers, also known as DTG printers or digital garment printers, are designed to print directly onto cotton based shirts, caps, bags, pillow cases, home furnishings and promotional items using specialised inkjet technology.

DTG inkjet garment printing is more economical, faster, and cleaner than traditional screen printing methods, plus it requires significantly less operating space and business start-up costs. Decorators and t-shirt designers can create one of a kind masterpieces or mass production runs - regardless of the number of colours - without having to create film positives, stretching screens, and using chemicals to reclaim screens.

Pairing a DTG solution with an automatic pre-treatment machine is recommended to improve productivity and ensure consistent pre-treatment of dark textiles. Printers running higher volumes with multiple machines should also consider investing in a tunnel dryer to improve curing productivity and result in a softer handle of the print.

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How much does it cost to print a shirt on DTG printer?

Expense Cost
Dark T-Shirt $5.00
Inks $4.03
Pre-Treatment Solution $0.35
Labour $0.65
Maintenance $0.40
Total $10.43
Average Sell Price $28.00
Profit $17.57
Customise t-shirts using dye sublimation technology

* Estimates only using a 35x40cm test image printed onto a dark garment using CMYK+W inks. All prices exclude GST.

What is the return on investment of a DTG printer?

Using the below points as an example you can potentially break even after just 10 months!

Break even after just 10 months

* Estimates only and does not take into account your personal situation, overhead expenses and other variable costs. Please conduct your own calculations. All prices exclude GST.

Case Studies

Case Study: [VIDEO] Xpress Tees: cashing in on the customisation revolution

[VIDEO] Xpress Tees: cashing in on the customisation revolution

With two stores in tourist hotspots on Queensland’s popular Gold Coast, Xpress Tees is cashing in on the booming customisation revolution by taking a retail-kiosk approach to delivering personalised and on-demand tees to the masses.

Case Study: [VIDEO] The Tshirt Mill: taking the custom t-shirt world by storm

[VIDEO] The Tshirt Mill: taking the custom t-shirt world by storm

From humble beginnings selling designs at the local markets to a t-shirt printing powerhouse, The Tshirt Mill continues to go from strength to strength as it capitalises on the custom print revolution. And with a finger on the pulse of the music and festival scene, The Tshirt Mill is taking custom tees to the masses.

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