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Best of Both Worlds: Digital Hybrid and Variable Data Printing

Best of Both Worlds: Digital Hybrid and Variable Data Printing

Combining digital and analog garment printing techniques opens up a plethora of possibilities 

Monday, May 6, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (290)/Comments (0)/
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Test The Waters

Test The Waters

There's never been a better time to hop aboard the water-based inks train

Tuesday, April 30, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (295)/Comments (0)/
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What to Know When Buying a DTG (or Any) Printer

What to Know When Buying a DTG (or Any) Printer

While the following speaks to DTG, many of these factors are important to consider when purchasing any type of manufactured equipment.

So, you have decided to buy or add a new direct-to-garment (DTG) printer to your business. Before you settle on a particular piece of equipment, there are a few questions you should ask and a few things you should really know before making that purchase.


Tuesday, April 23, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (344)/Comments (0)/
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Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 2

Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 2

Philadelphia-based Rush Order Tees decided to put decorating techniques to the test in an ultimate comparison between screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. As digital printing has gained popularity and affordability in recent years, the company decided to take a look at the frequently asked question: How does DTG printing stack up against traditional screen printing?

In order to answer, both methods were compared in the form of a 10-round “fight.” Each round covered a different facet of custom apparel printing, including vibrancy, color matching, durability, and more.
Rounds 4-6 are reviewed below.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (396)/Comments (0)/
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Avoiding DTG Downtime

Avoiding DTG Downtime

Running any business can be a challenge. There are so many moving parts that you need to ensure all the “wheels are greased” and operating smoothly to be successful. The problem is that it’s easy to mistakenly ignore one area, while focusing on or trying to solve problems in another.

A direct-to-garment (DTG) printing business is no different. But focusing on the tasks that will keep your machine running and consistently printing is part of the key to being financially successful in DTG decorating.

Monday, April 8, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (322)/Comments (0)/
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What to Expect from 2019

What to Expect from 2019

Lon Winters is an award-winning screen-printer and consultant with over thirty years of industry experience. Now an honorary SGIA Golden Image judge and president of Graphic Elephants, he also conducts seminars and workshops around the world. Here, he takes us through his thoughts on trends for the new year…


Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (295)/Comments (0)/
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How Much Ink and Pretreat Do I Need?

How Much Ink and Pretreat Do I Need?

DTG is subjective. You and your competitor have completely different standards of what can be sold to a customer and different methods for getting that sale-worthy print. This can make it difficult for new printers to know how much ink or pretreat they need. FIREBIRD is here to help with that.


Friday, March 29, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (325)/Comments (0)/
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3 Uses for Low-Cure Inks

3 Uses for Low-Cure Inks

Three scenarios come to mind when thinking about when to use low-cure inks. Here's a breakdown of each: 


Wednesday, March 27, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (332)/Comments (0)/
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Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 1

Screen Printing vs. DTG: A 10-Round Print-Method Battle, Part 1

Philadelphia-based Rush Order Tees decided to put decorating techniques to the test in an ultimate comparison between screen printing and direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. As digital printing has gained popularity and affordability in recent years, the company decided to take a look at the frequently asked question: How does DTG printing stack up against traditional screen printing?


Monday, March 18, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (416)/Comments (0)/
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Why Low-Cure Plastisol Screen-Printing Inks Are Necessary

Why Low-Cure Plastisol Screen-Printing Inks Are Necessary

Having the right screen-printing supplies is important for all screen-printing business. One of the best supply items you can have is low cure plastisol inks. Non-cotton fabrics, such as polyester and other synthetic performance and moisture-wicking materials are growing in popularity. While they are popular with customers, screen printers quickly realized that these materials are prone to dye-migration, also known as bleeding (the shirt color coming through the screen print ink).


Thursday, March 14, 2019/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (345)/Comments (0)/
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