Category Archives: Announcement

Introducing new LOWER pricing for Kothari RIP!

We are excited to announce new LOWER pricing for all version of Kothari RIP for DTG!  Starting immediately, the base price for the Epson r3000 / p600 version has been reduced from $1,295 to $995!

All other driver prices have been adjusted accordingly – this means that the cost for the Epson F2000 version has gone from $1,395 to the new price of $1,195.

For information on purchasing your copy of Kothari RIP, click here!

Kothari RIP is by far the top RIP in the Direct to Garment printing industry, revolutionizing the print quality and efficiency across a broad range of printer platforms and brands.  Most people don’t realize how critical the RIP is to the overall output quality limitations you will face when printing on garments…  Make no mistake about it – the RIP is the brains of the whole operation, and a great RIP can easily turn an old, outdated DTG printer into a top quality printing beast!

You don’t have to take our word for it – ask around and go see what real users are doing in the field, and find out how Kothari has changed their printing business in a big way.  Visit the Kothari Users Facebook page today, to interact with real users from around the world.

Kothari RIP Now Available for the Epson f2000 from DTG Print Solutions!

Kothari RIP for DTG printing has long been one of the most well respected and awarded RIP software on the market – thousands of end users have made the switch after seeing what a huge difference the proper RIP software has on the final output quality.  Kothari RIP has been at the top of every major print competition, across a broad range of DTG printers – the results speak for themselves, and we invite anyone to try comparing Kothari with any other RIP to see the difference, first hand.

After much anticipation, DTG Print Solutions is now officially able to offer the powerful Kothari RIP for the Epson f2000 DTG printer!  However, that isn’t the only platform we support – check out this

partial list of printer models which can all benefit from the Kothari RIP:

  • Epson r1800/r1900
  • Epson r2000/r2200
  • Epson r3000
  • Epson p600
  • Epson PRO 4800/4880
  • Epson PRO 7800/7880
  • Epson f2000 !!!
  • DTG M2
  • … and MANY MORE!

Contact us today to find out how we can help step up your DTG game with this powerful piece of software!

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Kothari Basic Documentation Package – v1.0.0

Want to learn more about the powerful Kothari Print PRO RIP for DTG?  Look no further than this comprehensive documentation package, covering all aspects of use from the basic Quick Start guide, to the advanced User Manual, to layer alignment and Passive Queues.  Find out how to get the most out of your software by downloading this incredible documentation package!

Kothari Quick Start Guide: Kothari Print PRO - Quick Start Guide (76 downloads)

The quintessential Quick Start Guide for Kothari Print PRO – jumpstart your DTG experience with this informative and in-disposable starting point reference.  Learn the insides of your RIP with relative ease and begin producing high quality DTG prints, TODAY!

Kothari User Manua
l: Kothari Print PRO User Manual (81 downloads)

The comprehensive source for answers regarding the Kothari Print PRO RIP for DTG – learn about benefits, features, specific use and lots more!

Layer Alignment in Kothari: Kothari Print PRO - Layer Alignment (56 downloads)

Basic guidelines for registering the CMYK layer with the white layer when printing with Kothari Print PRO.

Passive Queues Documentation: Kothari Print PRO - Passive Queues (43 downloads)

How to utilize the power of Passive Queues in the Kothari RIP for DTG printers….  This feature is useful for streamlining DTG production while maintaining the highest quality standards during the image processing phase.  Learn the basics, and advanced techniques in this useful manual.

Rate your DTG printer! The New Consumer Reports for the DTG Industry…

Have  you been involved in DTG printing for some length of time, and want to provide your feedback for a specific DTG printer model?  We have now introduced the new Product Reviews function for DTG Print Solutions, allowing for full length, in-depth equipment reviews as well as associated follow-up rankings by the general community!

Once a review has been placed, any logged-in user can add a Comment (complete with their unique rankings for each of the provided categories) and the total product review will reflect the subsequent ratings calculation.  By adding your rating, you are contributing to a global community of DTG users with the intention of providing valuable insight and information for any potential buyers.

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Whether your particular experience was good or bad, your feedback can help other users make a more informed decision in this process.  Be honest about your experiences and include any comments which could provide potentially useful information for someone contemplating the purchase of a particular piece of equipment.

Don’t see your particular printer listed?  Consider being the first to review your DTG printer (or equipment accessory) by contacting us at info@dtgprintsolutions.com – we would love to receive additional feedback from the general community, regarding DTG printers we have not been able to personally review!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PRODUCT REVIEWS

OR APPLY TO SUBMIT A BRAND NEW PRODUCT REVIEW

Buy and Sell DTG Printers and Accessories in the NEW Community Marketplace!

We are working hard to improve DTG Print Solutions, with the intentions of providing the best tips, tricks and resources for the DTG printing industry.  With this in mind, we have created an area on our website called the Community Marketplace, which we hope to build into the premier marketplace for used (and possibly new) DTG printers, pretreat machines, supplies and lots more!

buy-or-sellHOW DOES IT WORK?

Anyone with a used DTG printer, accessory or assorted supplies can post ads in the Community Marketplace.  The system works similar to the popular Craigslist platform in terms of self-moderation and management; you create your own ads, upload photos and a detailed description of what you are selling, then post the ad – buyers contact you directly (you can mask your e-mail address when posting) and all transactions are handled privately.

SELL YOUR DTG PRINTER!

Guidelines for Posting Ads:

  1. Neoflex Printer in ActionBe Honest and Transparent – Don’t Skimp on the Descriptions: Make sure you describe what your are selling honestly and accurately.  Describe the condition of the equipment, and don’t leave out any flaws or broken parts.  Buyers of used DTG printers often understand what they are looking for, and any information they can get about what might need replacing will not only allow them to make an informed buying decision that is compatible with their specific business model, but also help ensure a more successful and enjoyable experience for both parties.  Any ads with false or misleading information will be removed.
  2. Be Tidy: Please be sure you delete your ad once your equipment is sold.  This will prevent a bunch of follow up leads trying to contact you after your printer has been sold, and it will allow potential buyers to focus on the most current and relevant listings.
  3. Use High Quality Photos: Small, grainy photos don’t show anything and do little to help enable a more informed decision for the buyer.  Make sure all photos are of decent size and quality, and try to highlight the important aspects of whatever you are selling.  Photos sell products, so please take this step seriously.
  4. Offer Your Buyers a Great Deal: We all know the used  DTG printer market is tough – these products tend to lose value quickly in this industry and it breaks our heart to take a major loss after (often) such a short period of time.  However, make sure you are pricing your equipment realistically, understanding that the main reason most people buy used is to save money.  Offer your potential buyers a great bargain and your listing won’t last long – the better the bargain, the faster your stuff will sell!  Also don’t forget to describe any additional supplies, equipment or replacement parts you are including in your listing (if any).

BUY A DTG PRINTER!

For buyers, this will create a concentrated supply of options to make the buying process easier, while hopefully providing for the best possible deals and the fastest way to compare printers and accessories!  Keep the following points in mind, when considering used equipment:

  1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK!  DTG printing is not easy, whether you buy new or used.  Make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into and find out everything you can about your potential purchase.  Ask about any parts that might need replacing and ask why the user is selling their equipment (don’t necessarily take it at face value when they say “they machine is great, I just don’t have the clients to support it”).  Go online and research any brand or model prior to making a decision, and whenever possible, try to see the machine printing in person, before you make any commitments!  This is a major decision, so take your time and be smart about the process.  Caveat Emptor (“buyer beware”).
  2. Try to See the Equipment in Action, Prior to Purchasing: Although this was mentioned above, it merits repeating.  Nothing will tell you more than actually watching a machine print, while evaluating the actual print speeds, ink costs, output quality, etc (preferably with artwork of your own choosing).  If there are any major issues, or if it takes a long time to finally get a decent print, you can understand these before you actually take the printer home.  Many people tend to remove the ink from their machines, once they decide they don’t want to do DTG printing anymore – it isn’t always feasible to ask them to re-ink their machine, but someone who wants to make the sale and who is supremely confident with the condition of the printer should be able to accommodate such a request…  After all, this is usually not a small purchase.
  3. Any Deals Made are Strictly Between the Buyer and the Seller: DTG Print Solutions is not involved in any way with any specific transaction, and we do not warrant or guarantee anything that is bought or sold through the Community Marketplace!  Just like Craigslist, we provide an open marketplace for users to buy and sell, and it is up to you to do so responsibly.  Unlike Craigslist, we provide a highly targeted stream of traffic and a very refined type of products and equipment, tailored specifically to this industry!

 

CAN I POST AN AD FOR FREE?

Absolutely!  The basic ad model is always free, which includes one photo and a short (200 characters) description of what you are selling.  However, we also offer additional ad models which allow for more photos and considerably longer descriptions, which would effectively improve your response ratio to any given ad.  Photos sell products!  Take a look at our various listing options, below:

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NOTE: In lieu of paying directly for your ad listings (for premium style ads), you can also purchase Credit Packs which can then be used to pay for your ads.  Credits remain on your account until you decide to use them, and packs are available for bulk sellers for as low as .50 per credit!  This means your cost for each listing would be half of what you see in the image above!  Click here to learn view Credit Pack options.

 

DOES IT HAVE TO BE USED EQUIPMENT?

No!  You can post ads for new equipment and supplies as well.

 

CAN MANUFACTURERS AND SUPPLIERS POST ADS?

Sure!  In fact, we encourage it.  However, unless you provide some sort of special offer, package deal or discount to incentive potential buyers to purchase new (rather than used), you might find it difficult to compete against the great deals on used equipment.

 

HOW DO PEOPLE FIND THE COMMUNITY MARKETPLACE ADS?

We have dedicated an entire portion of the website to the Community Marketplace, which visitors to our website can access by clicking the new link at the top of any page:

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Additionally, we have integrated widgets into various portions of the website, which will constantly showing random and Featured ads while users are browsing the DTG Print Solutions website – viewers can even search listings with our powerful search interface, from any page on the site!

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Our website is a niche specialty site, focusing on a very specific portion of the market – our readers are exactly the people you are looking for to sell your used DTG printer to!  With over 20,000 page views in the last 30 days, we continue to grow our traffic to give you the greatest possibly exposure.  Remember, our viewers are highly targeted to this niche, so with your participation we can build the Community Marketplace to a thriving equipment listing in a short period of time.

 

bonus-free-creditsFor a limited time only, we are offering a FREE 30-Day “Enhanced” Listing credit to anyone with a new or used DTG printer to sell!  To receive your free credit, simply send an e-mail to info@dtgprintsolutions.com with your website account name and we will apply your credit within 24 hours!

Please make sure you have created an account on DTG Print Solutions (see link, below) and include your account name in the e-mail so we know where to apply your free credits!  Remember this offer is only for a limited time, so take advantage today and let us help you sell your printer!

Not currently a member of DTG Print Solutions?  Sign up today, for FREE!

 

FREE Articles for YOUR Website!

We are happy to announce that we are making many of our most popular blog posts (from our printing company website) available to the general public for use on any website.  If you are involved in the Direct to Garment (DTG) Printing business, it helps to offer your potential customers as much information as possible.  By addressing their concerns early, you will be able to avoid many potential miscommunications with your clients during the actual order process.

Feel free to use the FREE resources available on this website, including the FREE Articles for YOUR Website list to enhance your own customer experience for your DTG printing company.

Over the decade we have been running our DTG printing business, we have developed a number of articles which help better explain certain facets of the business to new clients.  For your convenience, we are making some of these articles available to you, for your website – feel free to copy the articles and paste them on your own website to help further educate your customers.  All articles listed below are available to use and edit as you see fit – please let us know if you have any questions.

INSTRUCTIONS: Start by copying and pasting the text of your selected article to your own website.  Once you have pasted the text, be sure you replace all of the company name and contact information with your own, and carefully review each article to adjust pricing examples and other information to fit your own business model.  Don’t be afraid to make some changes!

NOTE: Your are free to use the text from these articles as you see fit, but the images are copyrighted material and may not be reused without our express written consent.  Please show your customers what you are capable of producing by printing and photographing your own custom products to go along with these articles.  The images currently presented represent our efforts and hard work, and it is important to show off what you can do. 

Aside from that, have fun with it!  These articles should give you a good starting point when building your DTG printing website, and will allow you to more thoroughly cover your back-end when people take issue with certain caveats of Direct to Garment Printing.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW FREE ARTICLES FOR YOUR WEBSITE

We hope you enjoy these free articles to help jump start your own independent DTG printing website – if you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us or make a comment at the bottom of THIS PAGE!

More great articles will be coming soon, so check back frequently to ensure you have all of the most up-to-date information for your company website!

USED EQUIPMENT CLASSIFIEDS: Refurbished Neoflex DTG Printer

Brand: All American Manufacturing & Supply

*** USED / REFURBISHED NEOFLEX DTG PRINTING SYSTEM ***

Prior to delivery / pickup by the customer, this unit will have a brand new print head, dampers and capping station installed, as well as a new wiper blade, encoder strip, etc.  As long as you know which parts are typically considered “consumables” (meaning they need to be replaced once in awhile to make the machine run well) it is easy to keep these systems running for many years!  We will simply replace all the “consumable” parts and ensure that the machine is in great running condition before you receive it – if you are interested in having us train you upon installation, please contact us today!  888-317-4384 (option 6 for equipment inquiries).

NOTE: STOCK PHOTOGRAPH OF NEOFLEX

Click the photo to view this item in the Used Equipment Classifieds

Version 2.0 Brackets for Our New Neoflex Platen System

We wanted to take a moment to update everyone on the ongoing progress of our new Neoflex platen system.  After a great deal of evaluation and revisions, we have decided to switch to a new raw material for the spacer brackets between the platen plates – rather than continuing forward with our initial aluminum styling, we have instead opted for a more durable and rigid stainless steel bracket.

In the picture above, you can see the “Version 1.0” bracket (top) compared to the NEW “Version 2.0” bracket (bottom) – the added strength and rigidity of the new bracket may allow us to change from a “two bracket” to a “single bracket” arrangement, saving cost and weight.  While we are still testing various setups, we are confident that we will be moving forward with the stainless steel versus the aluminum.

In addition to improved raw materials, you should also notice the improved design elements and increased space for tucking various garment styles.  We promise never to release any product before it is fully ready, but

COMING SOON: New Neoflex DTG Platen System!

We are so excited about our new platen designs for the Neoflex DTG printer that we just couldn’t wait to share!  Our goal is to design a platen that is easier to use than the stock OEM version, while also allowing for greater flexibility while printing.  Built from rigid, durable materials, our new platen design allows us to load shirts more like a traditional screen printing press (sliding the shirt over the board, rather than laying it on top) which helps avoid issues related to buttons, zippers, seams, etc which often give us trouble with the current “lay and hoop” setup.

These pictures show an early prototype version, which uses a triple prong setup for increased rigidity; we are currently testing two and three prong versions, as well as various raw materials to determine the most ideal setup for long term use.

The final product will feature replaceable top plates in various sizes and shapes, allowing for ultimate flexibility when printing on non-standard garments or various print locations (such as sleeves, pockets, cap sleeve girly tees, hoodies, etc).  By reusing the brackets and base plate and simply replacing the top plates, it will be much more affordable to purchase a wide array of plates for all the different situations you might find yourself in.

The final product may vary somewhat from the early version shown here, but rest assured we are making modifications and tweaks that will ultimately lead to a very robust platen system that will increase efficiency and reduce potential misprints!  Stay tuned for more info.

T-Shirt Forums 2011 DTG Battle Royale Champions Announced!

The T-Shirt Forums are a popular social spot for many industry insiders, as well as for newbies who are struggling to learn about the business.  This year marked the first annual “DTG Battle Royale” print competition, where DTG printers from all over the world were invited to test their printing skills against each other in a controlled test to determine who could produce the highest quality DTG print in the industry.  To level the playing field, every person was directed to print the exact same artwork file, which was provided by Rodney at the T-Shirt Forums website – all images were printed on the front and back of a black shirt, and sent in for judging.  Each participant could print the design with whatever print settings they chose, and print time was not a factor in this competition.

   

Entries were received from a well-represented range of DTG printing machines, and the results certainly varied.  Each entry was judged based on a number of criteria:

— First Impressions
— Sharpness of Detail
— Softness of Hand
— Print Accuracy
— Washability

After the first round of evaluations, the submitted entries were then put through a carefully controlled series of wash tests, which were followed by a final round of evaluations based on the same criteria listed above.  The winner (by a margin of several points) was Fusion Logistics Group of Rancho Cucamonga, CA (www.fusionlogisticsgroup.com)!
Below you will find some images of the actual printed shirt that took first place in the competition:
      
You can find out more about the T-Shirt Forums DTG Battle Royale print competition by visiting the following link: Battle Royale Print Off!
See the winning announcement for the 2011 contest, here.

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