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  • Should you buy a DTG machine or make your own?

    Are you wondering if you should buy that shiny $20k+ direct to garment printer?

    Now many people you ask will state the obvious - or what they think is obvious and say, "Buy the Epson F2100! A DIY DTG is a waste of time and money!" or, "The Brother GTX is the best machine out there!" and "DIY DTG does not give you the quality that MY DTG machine gives.". Newsflash: they're wrong!

    Here's the truth: You can get the SAME results from a DIY DTG as what you get from the $20k+ machines! Why? Well it's because many of these high dollar DTG machines use the same internal parts - sometimes even the same printheads. All they do is simply rebrand everything and put a different shell on it.

    "But my DTG printer I paid $20k+ doesn't clog. DIY DTG printers clog all the time!" FALSE! ALL DTG printers will clog if you do not do the proper maintenance. Many people assume DTG is plug and play. That you buy the machine, plug it into your computer and press print. That is not true at all! There is a huge learning curve which applies to all direct to garment printers - including DIY DTG machines. So if you think DTG is easy you're wrong! HOWEVER, over time as you learn tips and tricks, and develop good habits (and keep up with your dtg maintenance) then it will become easy.

    Here's a quick pros and cons list on what you should consider:
    • Pro: Ink costs: DIY DTG ink costs is significantly low compared to the big brands. On average it will cost you about $5-$8 in ink for a 10x12 print on a black shirt (white ink + cmyk) on a high dollar machine. On a DIY DTG it's about $2 for that same print.
    • Pro: Low $$ entry point on DIY. If you build one yourself using our kit (coming soon) your investment will be less than $3k to get going. With high dollar machines - it's typically over $20k
    • Con: Maintenance. It sucks to maintain your machine. That is a harsh reality, but you will need to maintain it whether you purchase the big boys or build your own.
    • Pro: If your DIY printer does stop working or if you get a clog that you cannot remove. Then you simply make another one and reuse all your electronics you originally used for the first one.
    Kits and tutorials are coming soon. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
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  • Should you buy a DTG machine or make your own?
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    Are you wondering if you should buy that shiny $20k+ direct to garment printer?

    Now many people you ask will state the obvious - or what they think is obvious and say, "Buy the Epson F2100! A DIY DTG is a waste of time and money!" or, "The Brother GTX is the best machine out there!" and "DIY DTG does not give you the quality that MY DTG machine gives.". Newsflash: they're wrong!

    Here's the truth: You can get the SAME results from a DIY DTG as what you get from the $20k+
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    11-05-2019, 01:09 PM
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