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.