2 Regular Guys Podcast and Image Armor RTP Apparel

2 Regular Guys Podcast Talk About Image Armor RTP Apparel and the DTG Industry

The May 19th Podcast of 2Regular Guys interview was conducted with Brian Walker where Image Armor, RTP Apparel, and the Direct To Garment industry in general and the true story of how Brian got his start in the industry (and it really is true).  You can click play button below to listen to this interesting conversation and gain a little insight into where we are planning on taking the DTG industry. 

A special thank you goes out to Terry and Aaron for doing the interview and for their efforts to continually educate those in the decorating industry.

Click the PLAY button below to listen to the entire 2 Regular Guys podcast.

Ricoh Print Head R-Series Inks

New R-SERIES Inks Available for Ricoh Based Gen 4 Printhead DTG Printers

Ricoh Print Head R-Series InksImage Armor is proud to announce the release of the new R-Series DTG inks for DTG printers that use the Ricoh Gen 4 printheads.  The R-SERIES inks carry on the legacy of our E-Series which include:

  • 35 second white ink cure time – save time and make more money.
  • More productivity during printing and curing.
  • Incredible white ink coverage.
  • Increased wash durability.
  • Cost effective pricing in comparison to other DTG inks.

The biggest features DTG owners of Ricoh based print heads will find attractive is the 35 second white ink cure time. Ricoh Gen 4 heads can print faster than re-purposed Epson printers. The faster 35 second cure time helps improve production throughput when using a standard heat press to cure the inks.

The new R-Series DTG inks can be found by contacting one of our dealers that carry both the Image Armor Inks and Pretreatments.

DON’T LET AN INK DROUGHT DRY UP YOUR BUSINESS

DON’T LET AN INK DROUGHT DRY UP YOUR BUSINESS

With the arrival of 2017 the world seems to be in turmoil. Economic uncertainty. Wars. Environmental change. Droughts. There is always something that can affect your life. Don’t let an “Ink Drought” affect your business. Image Armor is the answer to any ink shortages you might be experiencing.

Let 2017 be the year that you change the future of your DTG business. We have the inks in stock at our distributors and we have benefits that will help change your business for the better this year.

  • FAST 35 Second White Ink Cure Time – Increase your productivity
  • More DURABLE prints – get better wash fastness
  • More COST EFFECTIVE – save money not just in time but also in Ink costs

You can not afford for your business to run short on inks. Inks are the lifeblood of DTG. Image Armor realizes that if you are successful we will be successful. Call an Image Armor distributor today to make the switch to greener pastures in 2017!

New RTP Apparel Printed with Brother GT-381 Garment Printer

New RTP Apparel Ready To Print Shirts Work Great on Brother GT-381

RTP Apparel is the DTG industry’s most innovative new product in years. No pretreating is required to be successful in the direct to garment printing industry. No mess or guessing how much pretreatment to apply to the T-Shirt. No more unwanted pretreatment boxes due to poor dye reactions or poor whites due to under treated shirts. Simply Pick, Print, and Cure.

rtp-apparel-printed-with-brother-gt-381-350pxThis video above was filmed at the 2016 Ft Worth ISS. The RTP shirt printed incredibly well with great white lay down. In addition the coverage and colors were intense.  All this was achieved with no pretreating. This design was printed on a Brother GT-381 with their standard show .arp file.

The RTP Apparel shirts are designed to simply by pulled from the box, heat pressed for 10-15 seconds to get any moisture out of the garment, and then go directly to the DTG printer and printed. The shirts will be launching in November with samples available for purchase. Early signups will be able to start purchasing in November and our official launch will be at the 2017 ISS Long Beach show in January.

If you have interest in RTP Apparel it is highly suggested you visit www.rtpapparel.com to sign up and get on our list to be able to purchase these market disruptive DTG shirts. For more information visit www.rtpapparel.com.

New RTP Apparel Prints Incredibly Well on Epson F2000

New RTP Apparel Prints Incredibly Well on Epson F2000

Epson F2000 Print on RTP Apparel Ready To Print DTG ShirtsAt the 2016 Ft. Worth Imprinted Sportswear Show we had an opportunity to show off the Image Armor technology being used in the new RTP Apparel shirts. These shirts are engineered for DTG printing..

The RTP Apparel stands for Ready To Print. There is absolutely no pretreatment process necessary for these shirts to be DTG ready. Simply heat press for 10-15 seconds to get rid of any moisture in the shirts, load, and print.

We would like to thank Equipment Zone for printing this awesome design on their Epson F2000. It was noted that this design was printed with the Garment Creator standard default settings for white ink. We were told that they would utilize the next bump up in white ink enhanced printing to achieve the same results they got with just the default printer settings (see inset).

We have heard this multiple times from our RTP Apparel field testers. The report has been they have gotten as good or better prints with the RTP Apparel shirts than they could with machine pretreated shirts.

Also, RTP Apparel shirts allow for printing anywhere on the garment. You can print on the front, back, side, sleeve, with no additional preparation necessary. Just load the shirt and print. This allows for more creative and larger prints to be achieved with no staining or discoloration issues that can sometimes happen with “normal” shirts.

The interest in RTP Apparel shirts has been extremely high and we recommend signing up on the RTP Apparel website to “get in line” to be able to purchase these new ready to print shirts. Learn more on the RTP Apparel website.

Image Armor Announces Partnership with RTP Apparel

rtp-apparel-black-shirt-should-seam-and-bottom-print-with-drop-shadow-eagleRTP Apparel Ready To Print Shirts

Image Armor is proud to announce our partnership with RTP Apparel which licenses the Image Armor technology for their groundbreaking new T-Shirts.

RTP Apparel is the industry’s first DTG engineered t-shirt that requires no pretreatment prior to printing with your direct to garment printer. These shirts are designed to perform at optimal levels and will work with most DTG printers. This RTP Apparel shirts print best with Dupont, Image Armor or other similar inks. The black shirts are not recommended for use with Brother inks.

 

The shirts are designed for ease of use. All you have to do is pick, print, and cure. The shirts are able to be printed anywhere on the shirt for maximum printing flexibility. They will be available in white and black – sizes S-3XL.

There is also a signup list that is a first-come first-serve for DTG printers interested in using these new, industry changing shirts in their production cycle. You can visit RTP Apparel to sign up at www.rtpapparel.com. Shirts will start being available in November and samples can be purchased for testing purposes by interested companies. However, you need to sign up to stay up to date on  availability and to secure your place in-line.

The RTP Apparel shirts improve your DTG process and reduce the time and effort required to get shirts ready to print. Stop pretreating and start printing with Ready To Print shirts from RTP Apparel.

 

Image Armor Polyester Printing with the Epson F2000

Printing 100% Polyester Shirts with the Epson F2000 DTG Printer

Image Armor Polyester Printing with the Epson F2000Printing 100% Polyester Shirts with the Epson F2000 DTG Printer

Printing on 100% polyester fabrics has always been problematic. The colors are not vibrant, the image clarity is fuzzy due to bleeding, and the wash durability is not the best. There have not been many options for the Epson F2000 DTG users up to this point.

In our tests we have shown that the Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula works great making the improbable look fantastic on 100% polyester garments with the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment printer.

Simply apply 18-22 grams of Image Armor LIGHT Shirt Formula to most 100% white or light colored polyester fabrics (test prior to any production run) and heat set with two 20 second heat presses. Ensure the pretreatment is dry, and then print and cure your ink like normal. You can see the full shirt image we printed and has at this point been washed 9 times. It is visible how the left side which was pretreated with the LIGHT Shirt Formula looks much better, crisper, and more vibrant than the right side which had no pretreatment.

Start expanding your offerings to include 100% polyester garments that you can print for your customers with your Epson F2000. If you have never tried the LIGHT Shirt Formula, you can get a free sample by visiting this page.