Flatbed printers and DTG printers are the ideal printers for printing directly to garments, t-shirts, medals, PVC, glass, and other materials. As the name implies, flatbed printers have a flat surface, or bed, on which the printing material is put. One can argue that ordinary printers have a flat loading tray as well, so how is a flatbed printer any different than a regular printer?
Unlike a standard printer, which can only print on a limited number of materials such as paper, photo paper, and so on, this printer can print on a wide range of materials. Film, cloth, plastic, porcelain, leather, wood, glass, acrylic, and other materials can be printed on.
What is the process of printing on a flatbed?
These printers are not like normal inkjet or laser printers in the way they operate. In today’s printers, a drum and paper are charged, and a laser is shined onto the drum in the shape of the desired picture. The toner is drawn onto the drum and adheres to the paper in the uncharged portions, resulting in the picture that was provided to be printed.
UV inks, on the other hand, are used in flatbed printers. These inks do not just spray on the material because it would only be temporary and the print would go away in a few days. Flatbed printers use a mechanism that etches, if you will, the print on the material to print on such hard or uneven materials as wood, fabric, glass, and so on. UV inks comprised of monomers are subjected to a high-intensity UV light source, which polymerizes the ink and embeds the printing image in the substance.
To accommodate the varied thickness of different materials, the printing bed is kept flexible. Although we are unsure of the greatest thickness that flatbed printers can adjust to, it may be as high as 4-5 inches. It may vary, though, depending on the printer’s type and construction. The more expensive ones may be more compatible with thicker materials, and vice versa.
Application and usage
Knowing that flatbed printers can print on unusual materials (unusual in the sense that most people were unaware that printing on such materials was feasible), it’s not surprising that they’re usually used in commercial and industrial settings. This is because hardly one in a thousand people owns a flatbed printer, and even fewer people utilize it for personal reasons.
Flatbed printers are commonly used for screen printing since their resolution ranges from 72 to 2400 DPI. They’re also sometimes utilized to generate 3D and embossing effects by conducting many passes. They can also be used to print on spherical surfaces on occasion. However, because of the poor resolution around the margins of spherical and circular edges, which do not have enough surface area to work on efficiently, this is typically avoided.
DTG printers are a type of printer that uses dyes to
DTG printers, on the other hand, can print directly on garments such as t-shirts without the usage of UV rays. To dry textile pigment ink, they utilize either dry air or heat.
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