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  1. DTG vs Screen Printing

      Let’s dissect two most popular shirt printing methods to kick start your own t-shirt line.

    Screen Printing

    •   Process

            The design is transferred onto a fine mesh screen to create a stencil. As the fill blade or squeegee is pulled, ink is pushed through the stenciled mesh and onto the fabric. One color is applied at a time. Each new layer requires a new screen and stencil. It's best for simple designs, one-color, and for printing same design on a volume of shirts.

    •   Shirt fabric

            Anything can be screen printed. It all lies with choosing the right ink for the type of fabric to be printed on.

    •   Pros

    • brighter colors (thicker ink)
    • cost effective for large batches
    • versatile design placement
    • volume discounts

    •   Cons

    • limited colors
    • not cost effective for multiple colors
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  2. UV inkjet equipment continues to evolve to meet market demand and the ability to print on an ever wider range of substrates.

    UV printing continues to be an expanding market in all levels of industrial printing, as well as in signs and graphics. And there's good reason for that expansion, experts say.

    “The overwhelming value of UV printing, particularly in a flatbed format, is tremendous when compared to the overhead and material cost of cutting vinyl and weeding away the waste or transferring an aqueous print to an overlaminate, then applying the item to a board [and] trimming it out,”business development and research with EraSmart, in China. “Additionally, the space required to operate a UV printer is a fraction [of] the space requirement for the manual prep and finishing of boards.”

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