Without a doubt, Kothari RIP is the highest quality DTG RIP I have ever used for my business in the 10+ years I have been doing Direct to Garment printing. I did not fully understand how critical the RIP software was to determining print quality, until many years (and several DTG printers) into the game…..
I had owned multiple DTG printers (from Epson based to Brother to Kornit, then backed to Epson-based), and experienced a wide range of RIP software – up until that point, my assumption was that the printer hardware determined the ultimate print quality. However, after using Kothari RIP on some obscure printers back in 2007 / 2008, then transitioning to a different brand of hardware, I could not figure out how to reproduce the print quality I had become accustomed to with the Kothari RIP (both DTG printing systems were based on the Epson 4880 platform, so there should have been no difference in output). I ended up putting the two new printers in a corner for about a month, while I waited for the company to provide me with their “new” RIP (which I immediately recognized as being Kothari-based) – once I put Kothari on the new machines, the output quality was IDENTICAL to what I had grown accustomed to.
At the end of the day, any DTG printer is capable of outstanding output quality, provided it is being driven by the proper RIP. The RIP is the brains of the whole operation, and nothing has shown smarter results than Kothari RIP for DTG – heck, it has won every major print competition in the industry for many years! I myself was the very first DTG Battle Royale Champion on T-Shirt Forums, and I owe my success entirely to my choice of RIP software.
While it costs a little more and you have to buy additional licenses if you want to drive multiple printers (whether you want to do it from one computer or multiple computers, you still have to own a license for each printer you are simultaneously driving), the output quality absolutely speaks for itself. Also, many users fail to dive into the myriad of automation options which are available within the software, which extend the usefulness and efficiency, considerably! It is worth exploring some of the advanced options to see how you can truly put this software to work, for your business.
I would NEVER expect people to simply take my word for it! Go look at the results from every major print competition in the history of our industry – regardless of which hardware was used, Kothari RIP was driving the process almost every single time. Still need to be convinced? Take your own artwork to companies and ask them to print you some samples – it doesn’t matter which hardware they use, make sure you find out what RIP they are running! The best results will come from Kothari-based systems, 90% of the time. Let the results speak for themselves!