One Stop Distributors of Grand Rapids Michigan Newest Image Armor Distributor

Image Armor is proud to announce that One Stop, a supplier of screen printing, embroidery, heat transfer and sublimation supplies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is now carrying the Image Armor line of pretreatment products for the Direct To Garment industry.

Image Armor pretreatments are well known throughout the DTG industry for providing the best preparation for digital garment printing. 

With the addition of One Stop, Image Armor will now be available to a wider area of the country with one day shipping. This includes Chicago, northern Indiana and the Northwest areas of Ohio and all of the Lower Peninsula and part of Upper Michigan..

More information can be found by visiting One Stop’s website at www.onstopinc.com or by calling them at 800-968-7550.

What Do These Two Items Have In Common?

Vanilla Frosting and Pepsi Max

What do these two items have in common? Vanilla Frosting and a DTG print? The answer might surprise you.

  • 9 Million metric tons of it are produced each year (estimated)
  • It can be found in hydro-thermal veins
  • It is odorless
  • The exterior of the Saturn V rocket was covered in it
  • It is resistant to discoloration under ultraviolet light
  • It is used in skin care and cosmetic products
  • It can often be found in most red candy
  • It is used to create superhydrophilicity…think self cleaning glass – where water is incapable of sitting on it.
  • It is also used in sunscreen
  • It is not flammable
  • You’ve eaten it and used it in many various forms
  • It is used in pigments, paints, inks, and many other items
  • It is white…

Fun Facts - Titanium Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide. It’s what gives white frosting its white color… AND your white DTG ink. Titanium Dioxide is used extensively in paints, inks, and even food products. It is very versatile and makes your job of printing black shirts easier.

Do NOT try eating your inks. That would be bad. We just thought you’d like a Fun Fact about DTG.

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!

RTP Apparel Side-by-side comparison

No Pretreatment vs RTP Apparel Garment with Image Armor Technology

We wanted to show you EXACTLY why you want to use the RTP Apparel garments that utilize our Image Armor pretreatment technology. This is especially true for a white T-Shirt. We’ve heard from many DTG’ers the question – “Why pay more, or a premium, for a white T-Shirt when you can purchase these shirts for $1.50 or less”?

RTP Apparel side by side print against a standard T-Shirt

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Taking a Closer Look

When the same design printed on the same printer with the same exact settings is printed on a “standard” shirt vs the RTP Apparel shirt – the answer is obvious. The color saturation and brightness the Image Armor infused garment is starkly better in comparison to the “standard” t-shirt that many people utilize just because the “standard” shirt is “cheaper”.

The image detail will be increased significantly due to the fact that RTP Apparel shirt holds the ink better and “in place”. This means that your colors will look better (yellows will look more yellow and not “muddied”, blacks will be black, and reds more vibrant) and the lines and edges of color will be much sharper in contrast to the non-DTG T-Shirt.

Another final qualifier is that the T-shirt will look better for longer. RTP Apparel utilizes the Image Armor technology in the shirts. This means most end-customers of the RTP Apparel shirts will experience a better looking print for a longer period of time. The wear and durability of your shirts will help result in happier customers who’ll come back for more.

You can get more information on RTP Apparel and sign up at the RTP Apparel Queue for these revolutionary DTG engineered T-Shirts – all made possible by Image Armor.

New B-Series DTG Inks and 100% Black Polyester Printing

100-percent-black-polyester-with-gt3-b-series-inksWe thought this would be a fun little print to show that you can print 100% black polyester fabrics with the Image Armor Series of DTG inks. This design was printed on a Brother GT3 with the soon to be released B-Series inks. We pretreated the polyester fabric with Image Armor Ultra and heat set under the heat press. We didn’t press it, but just hover cured. Then, we maxed out the white ink settings in the Brother, and printed….. Came out looking great.

As you can see in the picture, the image was printed on a Sport-Tek ST340. Image Armor is opening up a world of new possibilities for EVERY major DTG printer on the market.

We will try to post a video of the process soon to show, yes, you can print polyesters with the IA ink sets.

 

New B-SERIES Inks Coming and 50/50 Shirt Printing

b-series-50-50-shirt-with-and-without-pt-sample-300pxThings are progressing very well with the B-SERIES of Image Armor inks. The B-Series are the latest DTG inks for the Brother GT series of direct to garment printers. We are really working hard to make sure the B-Series competes and excels in color intensity, wash and price points for everyone who owns a Brother series garment printer.

The sample image to the left shows the difference too what printing with the B-SERIS of inks can do in conjunction with our Image Armor LIGHT Shirt pretreatment. Both shirts are printed on Jerseys 50/50 29M t-shirts but the left side is pretreated with Image Armor LIGHT. The right side has no pretreatment.

While the right side still looks good, you will see an amazing transformation using the LIGHT Shirt formula that improves image sharpness and color intensity. Generally polyester blends will have colors that are muted but combining our B-SERIES inks with the LIGHT Shirt Formula the shirt print is taken to the next level.

More information will be coming soon in regards to the Brother inks and the official release date and price points.