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Printing My First DTG Bulk Order!

Printing My First DTG Bulk Order!

Printing My First DTG Bulk Order!



For some tips and tricks on setting up your workflow to handle large DTG orders, check out this new episode of Print Pros. Watch as Guillermo teaches you how to save yourself time and money by demonstrating the most efficient way to print a bulk order using a DTG printer.

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The first tip is to set up your workspace in a way where you can streamline the printing process. So your pretreatment area should be near the heat press and your DTG printer. This is so you don’t have to be moving around too much around your workspace. Doing this will save you valuable time, which you can use to print more shirts.

Our next tip is to buy pretreated shirts from a wholesaler if you don’t have time to pretreat them yourself. The third tip is to buy another heat press if you plan on pretreating your own shirts. It only takes a few seconds to pretreat the shirt and just a minute to cure it on the heat press. With two presses, you can pretreat more shirts in a specific time span than with just one.

The most important advice we can give you is to make sure your DTG printer is always running and that you are always doing something. If the you or the printer are ever idle, then that means you’re being inefficient. Having your DTG idle is sign that there is a problem with your workflow, or you aren’t producing pretreated shirts fast enough to feed into the printer. If you find moments where you have nothing to do, that might be an indication to invest in more machinery. If you had more machines, you could use your idle time to create more DTG printed shirts—and make more money!

Another indication you may need more DTG printers is if you are pretreating more shirts than you are able to print. This results in pretreated shirts piling up as you wait for the printer to finish. If you had more printers, you could be printing multiple shirts at once instead of printing one shirt at a time.

Next, try to get a heat press with an auto-open feature. Having this feature can lead to increased productivity because you can multitask without worrying that your heat press is going to ruin your shirt by overheating.

You’ll also want to get a heat press with a slide-out tray. When you are trying to pump out orders quickly, safety may not be the first thing on your mind. The slide-out tray is a safety feature that keeps your hands away from the hot plate, allowing you to heat press faster than if you didn’t have this safety feature.

And finally, when creating a design for your shirts, have lots of negative space that is the same color as the shirt. Doing this will not only save you on ink costs, but it will help to make the shirt feel nicer to wear and more breathable. Printing less ink on the shirt also saves you time on the heat press because the less ink you use, the less time it needs to cure.

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Comments (26)

  • Rodney Sheppard Reply

    How do I put my artwork on to a shirt?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Britney Whitney Reply

    The ink tank system appears to be much better than the cartridge system https://www.youtube.com/post/UgkxciSwynMJ7PnUvvx11rewiu-yFBkZTl53 and a lot cheaper to run. The machine was easy to set up. A small point but I thought they'd be a USB cable included to help with the set up but there was none. I've been using it now for a few weeks and it seems like a good product and superior to my previous printers which were all troublesome HP machines.

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Ayman Aj Reply

    Is it only for black t-shirts?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Sol Reply

    Great tips. Design knowledge is necessary to start the business or the customer give you the design

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Thijs Harmsen Reply

    what is that spray thing called and what kinda fluid is in it

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Oba-One Reply

    Is it possible to do DTG printing or any other method live at an event?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Butch Tarot Reply

    What type of blank t-shirts are the best in your opinion ?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • zahra ahmad Reply

    Isn’t the pretreatment spray toxic ??

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Joseph G. Reply

    Cool video. I just started selling my t-shirts online and am using a POD vendor (Printify) to print and ship orders. I would like to save up for my own equipment though. I am trying to figure out the operating costs of a Ricoh machine… like how much money ink costs per shirt etc. Do you guys have any handy resources for figuring out operating costs of this machinery? Thanks!

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Orlando Callo Reply

    How to buy DTG Ri1000?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Yusef Reply

    Looks great, but how do you get more white base because my colors don’t pop like yours do

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Wife Harris Reply

    Do you have anything showing beginning to end? Such as showing how to set your logo up on the computer, connecting it to print to the dtg printer? I’m in the beginning phases of my business and I feel so lost. My husband told me to look into this and I just feel like I need 1 on 1 mentorship or someone who as the time to walk me through things so I can be self sufficient. Also are these only for t-shirts or can they do hoodies, sweatshirts, sweat pants?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Diocito Reply

    this video shows nothing about how to print.

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Yusef Reply

    Thanks for that great info I appreciate you

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Ahmed Bousf Reply

    hello sir, for DTG machine how many pcs can produce/Hour if we take format A3 40cm/30cm ,with 7 colors printing?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Jayson Panganiban Reply

    How much all that set up like that.

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • dtgprinting101 Reply

    Do you sell the printer or are you a customer ?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Sujal Chettri Reply

    What is the price of Richo RI 6000 printer price?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Corrina Lawver Reply

    Where do you get the pre treat liquid?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Ty Jacobs Reply

    do you guys ship internationally? South Africa, Cape Town to be exact.

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Feroze Khan Reply

    Price please

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Jessica Shank Reply

    We just got the Ricoh ri2000!!! Having fun but learning and fixing struggles…

    Pretreatment has been our biggest battle!! When you treat as you go,what are your press settings to get out completely dry? Suggestions for helping paper wrinkles from the cover page. We have continually collected a lot of moisture in the cracks of the heat press that build up on the sides of the shirt. We tried to hang dry and just prepress before print, but it seems to not dry very even or something and prints are semi dull

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • LFP Online Technical Support Reply

    Nice

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Martina Reply

    Yes, but there's no proces on either of the machines on the Ricoh website….only an option of low monthly payments🤔

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Kelsi Sheets Reply

    When you say buy pretreated, how would I know if the shirts I buy are pretreated? I only buy one brand what would I ask them

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm
  • Margo Reply

    Is that the heatpress that came with your DTG?

    November 20, 2023 at 10:04 pm

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