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Which DTG printer is the right fit for your business?

At Amaya, we have a selection of 3 leading makes of direct to garment printers. All are available for a working demonstration at our spacious showrooms in Nottingham. Our experienced advisers will discuss with you the amount you would expect to print per day and then suggest the correct fit for your business.

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Entry Level

The Texjet range of printers made by Polyprint offer businesses a good starting point in DTG printing with compact, well priced, easy to use
and maintain DTG printers.

  • Prints up to 80 shirts per day.
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Mid Level

The award winning Texart XT640S from Roland offers a versatile DTG printing solution for established printing businesses that need to scale their production up to the next level.

  • Prints up to 250 shirts per day.
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Industrial Level

Kornit Digital manufacture a range of industrial DTG printing solutions with built-in pre-treatment for one step DTG production. 6 models to choose from.

  • Prints up to 1000 shirts per day.

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Why is DTG not a one size fits all solution?

Before choosing a system that is right for your business needs, you need to ask yourself these key questions:

  • Do I already have incoming orders that can be printed using this method or is this a new venture?
  • How many shirts per day / per week do I need / want to print?
  • What fabrics do I want to print?
  • What space do I have to house the equipment?
  • What is my budget?

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    Direct to Garment Printers Texjet Echo2 Roland XT-640S Kornit Atlas Max

    Here at Amaya, we are fortunate to be able to offer our customers 3 different levels of DTG production as we are the only company in the UK offering 3 brands and production capacity machines, which can be briefly described as follows:

    Polyprint Texjet Echo2 DTG Printer - Front Facing

    Entry Level

    The Texjet range of printers made by Polyprint offer businesses a good starting point in DTG printing with compact, well priced, easy to use and maintain DTG printers.

    • Prints up to 80 shirts per day.
    Roland XT 640S Direct to garment Printer

    Mid Level

    The award winning Texart XT640S from Roland offers a versatile DTG printing solution for established printing businesses that need to scale their production up to the next level.

    • Prints up to 250 shirts per day.
    Kornit Avalanche Poly Pro Direct to garment Printer

    Industrial Level

    Kornit Digital manufacture a range of industrial DTG printing solutions with built-in pre-treatment for one step DTG production. 6 models to choose from.

    • Prints up to 1000 shirts per day.

    Why Choose Amaya?

    Here at Amaya, we have worked closely with direct to garment printers and printing solutions since their early conception. The fact that we are the only UK company to offer 3 different brands, levels of equipment and 12 variations of machines, means we can match your direct to garment printer requirement exactly to what you need and can afford!

    We also offer guaranteed part exchanges of equipment as your business grows and needs to move up to the next level of production.

    Below shows our history in DTG which we are proud of. Over the years we have built a team of specialists who can answer all your questions whether it’s about fabrics, ink types, design tips, workflow solutions and even marketing techniques for your brand.

    We strongly believe that your success is our success, and we love working with customers to realise their potential. So, whether you are brand new to this industry, have outsourced your DTG production until now, want to take control back or are ready to scale up to an industrial capacity, get in touch with one of our team today so we can discuss this further.

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      Amaya's DTG History

      2006
      MS Italy
      MS Italy
      2007
      Kimoto - Texjet
      Kimoto - Texjet
      2009
      Polyprint - Texjet
      Polyprint - Texjet
      2017
      Kornit Digital
      Kornit Digital
      2020
      Roland DG
      Roland DG
      2021
      Custom Gateway - Kornit - Workflow Solution
      Custom Gateway - Kornit - Workflow Solution

      Don't just take our word for it!

      Fandango Portsmouth Ltd Logo

      The Echo 2 has simultaneously enabled us to increase our production volume whilst at the same time significantly decrease our costs, ultimately leading to a much higher profit margin. We found it simple to use, quick to get started. After installation and training, we were generating profit in under 48 hours. It’s a workhorse, and we are able to comfortably turn out up to 200 garments a day on a single printer, as we specialise in babywear. The maintenance is simple taking no longer than 2 minutes per day and a little longer on the weekend. Great machine and Amaya are not business partners, they are family.

      Liam & Sally

      Liam & SallyCo-Founders - Fandango (Portsmouth) Ltd

      The Kornit Avalanche Hexa HD6 has improved production through lower print costs and improved colour accuracy, but perhaps the biggest advantage is its printing speed. The Avalanche Hexa HD6 has improved our production speed by 84%, comparing to last year, and is something that’s driven change in every other aspect of our business.

      Alex Cunliffe

      Alex CunliffeCo-Founder - Inkthreadable

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      DTG Explained

      DTG or Direct To Garment printing which is the meaning of the abbreviation “DTG” is the process of printing ink directly onto a suitable fabric i.e. a garment using a digital printing process and a graphical design from a computer.

      The fabric fibres soak up the ink and the type of fabric your garment is made with is vital to the end result and colour quality of the final print.

      With DTG printing the ink is applied directly to the fabric of the garment without any physical contact, the DTG application method has taken the industry by storm and becoming the alternative to screen-printing for small quantity orders and one-off personalised garments due to its speed, efficiency and profitability in comparison to screen printing.

      There is a DTG solution for all business sizes, so no matter if you need to produce 1-100 garments per day or 1000+, DTG is proving to be the most profitable and viable solution. Speak with our team to arrange your own experience today.

      Abbreviation Explanation
      DTG Direct To Garment

      Fabrics – What do I need to know

      DTG printing is recommended for complex designs, with sharp details and multiple colour variations. DTG printers use water-based inks, hence best results occur with natural fabrics, as they have the tendency to absorb liquids. The outcome is vibrant colours that are strongly fixated into the fibres resulting in high wash endurance. Synthetic fabrics, on the other hand, repel water as they are composed of plastic.

      The most suitable textiles for DTG printing are Cotton, Combed Cotton, Organic Cotton, Linen, light-coloured polyester and blends.

      Your choice of fabric for your DTG printing process and end product for your customers plays a vital role in the success or failure of your garment business and one area many overlook.

      Not all types of fabric are suitable for DTG printing.
      The range of fabrics recommended for the direct to garment printing process falls into the following three categories: Natural, Synthetic and Blends.

      Your fabric choice sets the canvas for your artistic creations, the list below outlines a range of fabric types worth considering for your DTG printed products to ensure the best results every time and ongoing consistency in your product finish.

      Material Description
      Natural fabrics These fabrics are produced from natural resources (e.g. plants or animals). Most common are cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo and wool.
      Synthetic fabrics Synthetic fabrics are man-made, Nylon was the first fully synthetic fibre. Synthetics are well known for their elasticity and are mostly preferred for sportswear. The most common are Acrylic, Nylon, Polyester, Lycra and Viscose.
      Blends The combination of cotton and synthetic fibres is called a blend. There are multiple combinations (e.g. Cotton/Polyester, cotton/lycra). The most known blend is the poly-blend (polyester + cotton), this fabric is lightweight, wrinkle-free and breathable. This strong, but soft to the touch fabric leads the way to multiple applications.
      Cotton Cotton is an affordable, strong material that is soft to the touch. This fabric easily absorbs water-based inks, making DTG printing a walk in the park. Admittedly, 100% cotton fabrics are the king. But your end result may also depend on the fabric’s consistency. Thicker materials absorb more ink, leading to vibrant colours and long-lasting prints, in contrast to thinner materials. In general, there are various cotton types, and their quality may depend on the manufacturer. For the best possible print, you should choose smoother, softer fabrics.
      Regular cotton This type of cotton is made by taking the fibres and twisting them together to make yarn that afterwards is woven together to make the end material. Regular cotton is affordable and of lower quality which means that is very popular among manufactures of fast fashion.
      Organic cotton This environmentally friendly cotton is grown without the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. This technique doesn’t use toxins, allowing the soil to maintain its fertility. It is considered one of the most sustainable choices for DTG printing.
      Ring-spun cotton Twisting and thinning the cotton strands results in incredibly fine soft ropes of cotton fibres. Ring-Spun cotton fabrics are lighter, softer, more durable and last longer. They are also more expensive as more effort is required in their production, but provide a higher quality product. They offer a very smooth surface that when printed, provides a vivid and sharp image. Ringspun cotton tees are recommended for fashion and “boutique” printing.
      Combed cotton Before the yarn is made, the cotton is “combed” which means it brings all the fibres parallel to each other and removes all the shorter fibres. By removing the short fibres, only the longest finest remaining fibres remain which gives the combed cotton its smooth feel and high sheen. In addition, because the fibres are longer, they are stronger and less likely to break leading to a longer life of the product.
      Linen Made from the flax plant, linen is known for absorbing moisture. Rougher than cotton, it wrinkles easily. Maybe not the most popular choice for t-shirts, but it is often used in shirts, pants and jackets.
      Polyester Polyester is a synthetic fibre commonly used in dye sublimation. Easy to wash, without requiring ironing you usually find it in athletic wear. Generally, polyester repels water-based ink used in DTG printing. Dye migration is a phenomenon that occurs when dye from polyester fabric bleeds into the ink that is printed on the garment. For that reason, in order to print on polyester, you will need prior to pretreat the fabric. The rule of thumb is that light-coloured polyester is more suitable for DTG printing, as the inks perform better and don’t disappear into the fabric as in the case of dark-coloured polyester.
      Poly-Blends If unable to use 100% cotton fabrics, you could always try cotton blends 80% – 20%, 70% – 30%, 50% – 50%. Generally, the more cotton contained in the fabric, the better the end result. The most common blend is the poly-cotton blend (cotton + polyester). This fabric is breathable, lightweight, strong and wrinkle-free due to the polyester. Many t-shirts are made of a poly-cotton blend, but not all blends can be printed with success, as the amount of polyester will dictate the success of the print. Generally, the higher the percentage of cotton in the mix, the better the print.
      Bamboo Breathable and absorbent, bamboo fabric is soft and feels like silk. This hypoallergenic fabric is antimicrobial and has UV blocking properties.
      Hemp Hemp is a durable and soft fabric that has antimicrobial and UV blocking properties and can retain warmth well. It is suitable for people with allergies and stands as a new proposal for the apparel printing market.