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.

16 Responses to COMING SOON: New Neoflex DTG Platen System!

  1. What sizes will you be offering? I was actually looking for someone to make me custom platens.. the ones on AA’s website are pretty expensive. Any ideas on price for these?

    • they look awesome by the way!

      • Samuell says:

        Formula One PlatensSince 1945 and with over 100 years of combined teichncal experience, Robert E. De Barth has been offering high quality restoration and repairs for the typewriter industry for equipment as far back as the 1890’s.A lot of recent talk about how to revitalize old typewriter platens have fallen short of the correct remedy. A lot of non-teichncal and laymen advice seems to think that regrinding the surface of a platen does the job but it does not. Many years of the typeface pounding and the ultraviolet sun and florescent light and the ozone in the air destroys the surface of the platen to such an extent that too much of the compound must be removed to be effective which decreases the platen diameter to such extent that the printing is no longer acceptable. The typeface is curved to meet the platen radius as a flat surface entity making an almost perfect impression if the typewriter platen is maintained at the correct factory dimensions.After some 15 years of R&D, Robert E. De Barth has formulated the best compounds from the rubber services industry to develop a platen that meets or exceeds factory specifications. In house we call it the Satin Platen. It is always best to replace the platen with a properly ground on center and compounded formulated sleeve to enhance your typewriters typing and paper feeding abilities.Feed Rolls, Bail Rolls, and Finger Rolls must also be of adequate compounds to do the best feeding of the paper and securing it in the carriage while typing.

      • Surendra says:

        intriguing and well done. you are a great designer. push it more and throw in some of that raw shit you had way befroe you touched the computer. remember what paul rand said i think about it every day from that one night. but ye you are inspiring. keep on pimpin it. push it to the next one by doing exactly what you are.dope

    • Hey Jeff! We don’t have prices set for the new platen sets, but the cost will be offset slightly by the fact that you will be able to reuse the base plates and brackets and simply swap out different size top plates. We will be offering a wide variety of shapes and sizes for the top plates, from a youth 10″ x 10″, standard 12″ x 12″, jumbo 14″ x 16″, super jumbo 15″ x 20″, etc. Our bracket configuration also allows us to replace the single top plate with a couple narrow plates for sleeve and pocket printing!

  2. gerald says:

    Thats a great idea, iw as actually brainstorming some ideas too, to make it more versatile

  3. Osman says:

    As a screen pritner from the mid 80 s I can say the Direct to garments work very well. Plastisol will always be the best for long term durability (it is all plastic), but the Brother’s works extremely well. Fibrillation is the main problem, but we’ve just started using the Hanes Tagless 6 oz and they wash and look great even after multiple multiple washes. In reality the ink doesn’t fade its the fibrillation just like some screened shirts do I have seen

  4. Mark Brook says:

    That looks awesome guys…I have been looking into new platen designs and I think you have “nailed” it. Please keep me posted on the tests and any idea of timings to market guys?

  5. Mick Sharp says:

    I love this platen idea, but would like to know if these new platen’s will work with DTG vipors ?? Please let me know because my company has four DTG’s ! Thank you !

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