Wrap Around Platen
For those GT users wanting to do more fashion printing, the Wrap Around Platen insert is a great compliment to the Touchdown Platen inserts. The Wrap Around Platen insert allows a GT user to print part on the front of the garment, wrap around the side of the garment and on part on the back of the garment. This type of printing is something that allows GT users to differentiate from its competition and warrant a higher selling price.
GT users are in a unique position to do this type of wrap around printing because the distance between the bottom of the print heads to the top of the garment is larger compared to the Epson-based dtg printers. The larger gap allows for GT users to easily print over seams and wrinkles in the garment eaiser. In addition, the open area around the GT platen stem allow for loading the garment on the Wrap Around Platen extremely easy.
Installing the Wrap Around Platen Insert
There are two ways to get a Wrap Around Platen: 1) order the complete Wrap Around Platen or 2) use the Touchdown Platen and order the Wrap Around Platen Insert. The complete Wrap Around Platen comes full assembled. If you are going to use the Touchdown Platen, you will need to remove the four bolts that hold the T-Base to the Mounting Plate. You will use the Mounting Plate and the four bolts to attach the Wrap Around Platen Insert to it.
It is that simple!
Helpful Tips Working with the Wrap Around Platen
Below are some helpful tips when printing with the Wrap Around Platen:
* Be careful removing a printed garment from the Wrap Around Platen. It can be very easy for the shirt to fold over and smear especially if you are printing high up on the Wrap Around Platen.
* With smaller sizes or ladies garments, pay close attention to the seams on the garments to prevent head strikes.
* Dressing the heat press will help minimize the amount of wrinkles on the garment and keep the ink from smearing.
* If you plan on semi-curing the ink on half the garment before pressing it front-to-back (not on the side), point a heat gun away from the inside of the GT printer. You might want to consider hovering with a heat press as well. If you have a conveyor dryer, you can run the printed garment through the conveyor dryer as well.
VIDEO: Printing with the Wrap Around Platen
Below is a video showing how easy it is to print with the Wrap Around Platen.
Learn more about the Touchdown Platen Kits.
Youth Insert Instructions Below are the instructions for installing and using the Youth Platen Insert for the Touchdown Platen on the Brother GT-541® and GT-782® direct-to-garment DTG printers. POSITION GUIDE: Installing the Youth Platen Insert The Large Rectangle Platen Insert can be place on either side of the Touchdown Platen as show in…