If you own a screen printing business, or have any interest in embroidery or selling printed t-shirts, then you need to know Melco. Based in the U.S., Melco is known for its high-speed commercial embroidery machines and digitizing software. However, with increasing demand for direct to garment printers and vinyl print/cut machines, it just made sense to expand the product offering to include the SureColor F2100 from Epson, and a selection of vinyl print/cut machines from Roland.
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Direct to Garment Printing
Read our blog articles on the topic of direct to garment print and DTG printers.
When you choose Melco as your equipment source, you have access to machines that will produce nearly every type of personalization possible, from embroidery to DTG printing, vinyl cutting to heat transfer. Demand for one-off and short run orders is increasing, and with Melco as your partner, you have the equipment and support you need to meet that demand.
A few years ago Epson introduced the finest direct to garment printer in its class, the Epson SC-F2000. It took the industry by storm, and quickly carved out a space in the DTG niche. Over the past few years it has become the industry standard by which all others are judged.
Are you wondering how to sell t-shirts online? Having a thriving online Direct To Garment (DTG) business is now more viable than ever with new advancements in the technology. New high end printers, purpose built for garment printing are more affordable and easier to operate and maintain, which means less downtime and more reliable production. Equipment reliability is essential to success in DTG to deliver product affordably, quickly, and on time is critical to selling products online.
With a strong background in leadership and global business development, Dale Sanders is well suited to help bring Melco to the next level in the global apparel decoration market. For nearly 30 years, Dale held various positions with Briggs & Stratton, most recently as Vice President/General Manager of the commercial Jobsite business. His experience leading global strategic development, creating and executing sales plans, product development and leading engineering development and design efforts will help Melco maintain and grow as the leader in innovative solutions.
It’s easy to assume the same rules that apply to screen or litho printing also apply to direct to garment printing. However, there are some important differences with a digital workflow. Here are some tips on how to create the best artwork and optimize it for DTG printing.
When saving art for direct to garment printing always assume you will need a transparent background. To print on dark garments with white ink, your image must have a transparent background.
Melco Now has the Largest Epson SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment Printer Training Network in the Nation.
Proper training for any direct to garment printer is essential to business success. Melco has the entire U.S. covered, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Since late 2014, Melco has been a leading distributor for the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer. A quickly expanding customer base has created demand for additional certified trainers.
"I have been running Epson's SureColor F2000 (white) DTG printer and have printed hundreds of shirts. There is no doubt in my mind that Epson has set a new standard for the DTG industry! The F2000 is my third DTG printer in six or seven years in the DTG business. It far and away outperforms anything else with which I have had experience. Along with Epson's UltraChrome Ink, the finished product is truly the best ever."
Bob Clements, Owner, Thread Artists Custom Apparel Decorating
The most popular question I receive from customers is "How do you determine what to charge for DTG printing?" Direct to garment printing is the cutting-edge of garment decoration and can easily justify a successful business with a single printer. DTG is fun, exciting, creative and just cool—but to run a successful business it’s all about the money.
“Screen printing is a dinosaur.” I heard that in 2007 when I bought my first DTG printer from the production manager of one of the largest screen print outfits in the country.
There have been some amazing advancements in recent years in screen printing but my friend was right, screen printing has its limitations in the modern garment decoration world.