Lately it is fairly straightforward to get a one-off T-shirt printed by a service, however what do you do if you wish to print, say, T-shirts for folks with photos of their pets on them or custom-made with their names? These can get a bit tedious, and also you’re usually restricted to the T-shirt decisions a selected printer has. Or what when you have an in-the-moment yen for a shirt with the most recent meme on it? Coming to the US in March 2018, a T-shirt with the each day meme may be yours with Anajet’s sub-$four,500 Ri 100 (straight transformed, about £three,320 or AU$5,720).
Printing on material is technically difficult — as with 3D printing it requires particular consumables, faces some constraints in relation to the designs you possibly can print and may attain excessive temperatures. So direct-to-garment printing, because it’s known as, hasn’t actually made it right down to consumer-friendly costs till now.
The Ri 1000 is actually a dye-sublimation printer reworked with CMYK inkjet printheads; on condition that inkjet printers are line-by-line and dye subs are web page printers (like lasers), that is sensible; inkjets have sufficient bother feeding paper reliably. This printer consists of two elements: the printer itself and a heating unit (the RH 100) on the underside, which cures the print. It is being bought as a bundle, however you should utilize any curing machine with the printer.
The printing course of appears comparatively simple; you load up the material within the cartridge, stick it in and print, then take away the cartridge and put it within the heating unit for about three minutes. As a result of there aren’t any uncovered components, there isn’t any threat of burning your self. Anajet estimates the price at about 50-60 cents per print, not counting the shirt, after all (if the design is not very dense) plus says it is fairly colorfast and may final the lifetime of the garment.
There are some constraints, although. It might probably solely print on robust, principally pure fibers — that just about means cotton, as much as a 50 % cotton/polyester mix. As a result of printing white ink is a extra complicated course of requiring pretreating the material, it is restricted to printing strong colours and on light-colored materials. (You may most likely work round that with knockouts in some circumstances, although.)
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