Ideal Conditions for Direct-to-Garment Printing

Paul Green works for OmniPrint International, distributor of the FreeJet line of direct-to-garment printers. He is also an industry seminar and webinar speaker and contributing writer. He has been in the printing industry for the last 10 years. After hours, Green is also an established fine artist and painter, and his work can be seen in group art shows around California.

Because direct-to-garment printing uses water-based ink, the production environment has certain requirements.

For instance, the temperature should be around the same as an office environment. If it’s too cold, the ink will thicken or even freeze. If it’s too hot, it becomes an issue for the operator.

Also, keep the room humidity above 45 percent at all times. A dry environment affects the ink flow because of the water content in the ink. Low humidity causes printing problems, such as banding, clogged nozzles, and ink starvation.

If you cannot keep up the requirements, hold off or find another printing method.