In today’s digital age, customers are asking for more from us as DTG owners and looking for one stop solutions to their needs. Non-Textile printing has proven to be extremely valuable. Not only in garment printing, but also for a wide variety of non-textiles, this process has become an invaluable tool for us going forward. We are now able to provide a valuable-added service and new product lines to our existing customer base.
The process for printing on non-textile goods requires a pre-treatment to be applied to the product prior to printing. This allows the ink to properly adhere to the substrate. The second step is the actual printing, which from an ink cost is significantly less than the sublimation process. The final step is to cure the ink, which can be accommodated through application of an aerosol post-treatment (which also provides a protective finish), heat, or open air drying, depending on the product being printed.
The process has proven to be effective on canvas, plastic, wood, glass, ceramic tile, brick, cement, fiberglass and metal. With this versatility, the products that can be customized are too numerous to count. Given the nature of a print head, the best results are seen on flat objects that can be printed as close to the print head as possible. Round items are tougher, but Heath has found success in printing on golf balls (print area of a nickel) and base balls (print area of a half dollar). Thus drastically reducing the print cost, and adding the ability for full color photo quality artwork to be introduced to the product.