I wanted to elaborate on my previous post, Printing Mixed Media – Patches. A customer asked me to test print on a polyester compression sleeve. I documented my repeatable print process to share with you here.
1. I started with printing the design the size of the customers requirements (2.5″ wide) directly on the middle of the Epson F2000 platen. I then pulled the platen and placed it over the compression sleeve to get an idea where the sleeve and art will lay in relation to the print.
2. The customer wanted the artwork to be 1.5″ from the top of the FJ logo. I measured the placement and used Sharpie to mark the area where I need to place the sleeve on the top of the platen to repeat the same print location.
3. Clean the print off the Epson F2000 Platen and leave the placement marks. Lay your garment flat on the platen within the parameters and print.
5. You may need to adjust the platen height to avoid throwing the head strike censor. If this is the case be sure you adjust your offset head alignment to accommodate the drop.
I should note I did pretreat this garment. I used a spray bottle and lightly coated the print area with an 80-20 mix of Epson Pre-treat solution. The application was a very light spray and quickly dried when I pressed the garment before printing.
The results were extremely high quality and exactly what I expected. This process allows for fast and consistent prints without having to worry about misplaced or off center prints. Try it on your printer and let me know how it works.
John LeDrew • DTG Director • Melco International