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Digital Direct-to-Substrate

Digital direct technology has proven its versatility, making its way into shops as a supplement and stand-alone.

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2014-03-14
There are a multitude of variables with any production process that can cause chaos and frustration if they aren’t correctly controlled and understood. This is especially true with the digital direct-to-substrate/garment (D2) printing industry. Though it has been...
Select the right technology With the growing popularity of digital direct-to-substrate/garment (D2) technology, a very common question that many garment decorators have is whether they should add screen printing equipment, sublimation, or a D2 printer to help expand business...
2013-03-01
Create Visual Value Through Graphic Management Who uses clipart, design templates, stock designs and stock photography? Everyone! Almost everyone connected to artwork, photography and designing content in our industry uses clipart, design templates, stock designs and stock...
Inside a D2 business I love my digital direct-to-substrate printer. But sometimes I hate it, too. When I’m honest with myself, those bad feelings come from what I didn’t know going in—information I wish I’d known before I paid the money, trained the...
2012-09-01
Is screen printing or D2 right for the job? It is easy for those who were in the industry back in the mid-2000s to remember the introduction of D2 printing. Walking a trade show exhibit hall back then meant walking past a D2 printer in almost every aisle. The ads by those...
2012-09-01
The current and future state of direct-to-substrate technology In the beginning, there were only a few approaches to digital direct printing. A few early manufacturers developed proprietary print heads; the other method was to adapt home/office paper printers to accommodate...
2012-05-01
What happens when a run-of-the-mill job turns mysteriouslyfrustrating? What happens when a run-of-the-mill job turns mysteriously frustrating? Many print practitioners have fallen victim to the curious case of “disappearing” ink and maddening moiré. The...
2012-05-01
PVC-free printing options There is definitely a current buzz in the industry about “PVC free” decorating. This interest is, in large part, due to some major retail brands that have committed to go PVC free in the near future, not necessarily as the result of CPSIA...
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2012-04-01
Solutions for printing compliant children's wear      Growing up, I was like a lot of children who would typically go to their fathers for help when I thought I was in over my head. One of the best principles he taught me was “you have a choice...
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2012-01-01
Can a slogan really have that much influence in our lives? A slogan—can it really have that much influence in our lives? Apparently. Companies spend considerable money in creating just the right phrase for their product, brand or service. They have the ability of...