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Buy Smart and Print Smart–Reuse Old Textile Ink Cartridges

textile ink in bags

Stop wasting money throwing out your old DTG cartridges! Start using Dupont™ Artistri™ Ink Bags for your NeoFlex printer. Keeping your old cartridge and replacing the ink bag saves you $3.00–those extra dollars add up over time!

Our ink bags easily insert into the original Dupont Artist cartridges and are compatible with all  NeoFlex and Epson 4880 and 4800 based DTG printers. If you don’t have the cartridges, you must purchase them first. You can start recycling once the original ink bags are empty and need replaced.

 

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Jig Making: How to Make a Printing Jig

If you’re looking to make a printing jig got pad printing, these step-by-step instructions will show you how!

Jig Making Supplies

  • Fixture Putty
  • Hardener Gel
  • Pad Printer Table
  • Printable Item

Making a Printing Jig

  1. Take a golf ball size of fixture putty.
  2. Place the putty on your palm.
  3. Using the Hardener Gel Tube, pour 3 to 4 inches (8 – 10 cm) out onto putty. (Note: The Amount of hardener you use will determine how fast your putty will harden. Use putty and hardener gel accordingly.
  4. Mix the gel into the putty for around 45 seconds until the gel is completely dissolved with the putty.
  5. Place the putty on the print table and mold it to fit flush on the pad printer table. Put your printable item on the putty and make a deep mold. Set for 2 minutes.
  6. Finally, let the printable item and the putty sit for about 6 minutes until the Fixture Putty has completely hardened.
  7. -Remove the printable item and you are finished.
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Ink Mixing Guide for Pad Printing

Before mixing Ink, it is important to know about the types of ink involved with pad printing: TPU ink and TPR ink. TPU ink is a two part ink, meaning you have to add thinner and hardener to the ink. TPR is one part and many times needs only thinner. Before we start mixing, pour ink thinner to the empty squirt bottle that came with the supply package and label the bottle.

Mixing Ink

  1. Place a paper cup on the electronic scale and “tear” to get zero on the reading.
  2. You can mix any amount of ink you need (25 or 35 gram) but let’s try 25 grams for our trial mixing.
  3. Pour 25 grams of TPR ink in the cup.
    The reading should be “25.00 g”.
  4. Add 3 grams (15% of 20 grams) of thinner in the cup. 15% of thinner is a good starting point. If you feel that ink is still too thick after adding 15%, you can slowly add more but not to exceed 25%.
    The reading should be “28.00 g”.
  5. If you are using in the manual machine or if the substrate you are printing on is hard to stick to-Add 2.8rams (10% of 28grams) of hardener in the cup. 10% of thinner is a good starting point. If you feel that ink needs to bite more on to the substrate then slowly add more but not to exceed 20%
  6. Mix the ink well. The ink should now be ready to be poured on to the tray (for Manual Pad Printers) or poured into the sealed cup (for automatic Pad Printers).
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Successful Pad Printing Tips

Loading ink into pad printing ink cup

Tampo & Pad Print History

This is a great resource for anyone getting started with pad printing or wanting to learn more about its history. Read more here about how pad printing works and how pad printing technology has changed over time.

Pad Printing Equipment Tips

Understanding the Pad

Pads come in many different shapes and sizes, and one of the most difficult questions to answer about the pad printing process is, “How do I determine what pad to use?”. Click here to learn more information about pads and custom pad making from All American.

Tackiness by Degrees

In pad printing, controlling and maintaining the condition of the ink is key to a successful job. Often, other uncontrolled process variables may create what is solely perceived as an ink-related problem. All too often, I have seen technicians struggle for hours to solve what they believed to be an ink problem while ignoring other potential problem-causing variables, such as machine settings and environmental conditions. Frequently, this is due to a lack of understanding of the pad-printing process and the role of the ink in the process.

Pad Break-In Procedure

Silicone pads develop a slick finish on their surface, this can usually be prevented by simply wiping the surface with alcohol to remove the excess silicone. Occasionally, a more aggressive solvent is required for removal.

Other Pad Printing Tips

Jig Making Guide

These step-by-step guide will help you learn about making a plate for your pad printing machine.

Guide to Pad Printing Plates

Our step-by-step guide will help you learn about making a plate for you pad printing machine.

Ink Mixing Guide

This step-by-step guide will tell you all you need to know about mixing ink for your pad printer.

 

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Glitz It Up

rhinestone setter tool out of box

The Glitz Up offers two patented tools in one. It holds your rhinestones with a vacuum and places them precisely and permanently with the adjustable heat function. Setting rhinestones on your clothes and favorite items has never been easier.

The Glitz Up works like a standard hotfix crystal setter. When placed over a rhinestone or stud, the adhesive on the back side of the embellishment heats up and melts, so that when you place it down on your surface, it will adhere without additional glue. This handheld setter can handle every style, shape and size of rhinestone.

The Glitz-Up is unique because it’s the only hot-fix crystal setter on the market that also uses vacuum suction to keep the crystal or stud securely positioned in the wand tip. The suction is created by the regulator unit, and when you cover the hole in the wand the crystal is “sucked up” and stays there until you remove your finger and release the embellishment in the desired position.

  1. Place the stud/crystal right-side-up on a heat-resistant mat.
  2. Place the tip of the wand straight down over the top of it.
  3. Move your finger to cover up the hole in the wand to activate the suction.
  4. Place the embellishment where you want it to be on your project.
  5. Remove your finger to de-activate suction.

For ordering visit our Rhinestone/Sequin Embellishment store.

 

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The Fastest Sequin Machine

sequin machine threding a motif

Introducing the world’s first sequin motif machine that can place a 2mm sequin INSIDE a 7mm sequin. Able to apply 3 or 4 shapes, colors and/or sizes at once!

  • The fastest automatic hotfix sequin motif making machine on the market
  • Easy-to-use touch screen monitor
  • Automatic up and down
  • Machine holds 3 to 4 easy-to-load cartridges that can contain different shapes and sizes (circles, stars, hearts, squares, etc.)
  • Automatic repeat functions
  • Faster production and higher profit margins compared to rhinestones

The Sequin Motif Machine is the fastest and most advanced digital automatic hotfix sequin motif making machine on the market. Sequins are flat, iridescent, colorful, pieces of plastic that come in various shapes and sizes (circles, stars, hearts, squares, etc.) Easily create your own custom designed sequin motif that can be transferred to just about any type of garment. The Sequin Motif Machine rapidly sets your creation onto transfer tape at the impressive max speed of 600 pieces per minute!

For more information click here!

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Rhinestone Machines

Check out our latest additions to All American Supply line up of rhinestone, rhinestud & nailhead setters. These innovative machines will create larger motifs at faster speeds than the higher priced competitor machines. They can achieve the same size and speed directly onto garments. Compare them to the competitor machines and save thousands of dollars.

These machines are available to order from the All American webStore.

 

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The Viper Just Got a Little More Bite

heavy duty pretreatment machine

The Viper XPT-6000 will change the way that you pretreat garments. With an easy-to-use touch screen interface, you can control the amount of pretreatment laid down, the length of the spray, and select a specific zone on the garment to be treated. The Viper will consistently treat each and every shirt that you throw at it at speeds that are currently unmatched in the industry.

The Viper offers a smooth and most consistent laydown of pretreatment fluid, which is vital in printing a long-lasting DTG garment. By using the Viper XPT-6000, you are ensuring that you have the best pre-treatment application to produce the best quality end garments. The Viper XPT will also help you save time and money. By utilizing the Viper’s spray zone system, pretreatment fluid does not get wasted on areas that won’t be printed and recycles fluid loaded in the machine before cleanings. We know that the Viper XPT-6000 will be a huge asset to your white ink direct-to-garment printing business.

Viper XPT-6000 Advantages

  • Ready to Use Right Out of the Box
  • No Air Compressor Needed
  • Easy to Use Touch Screen Interface
  • Multi-Nozzle System / Zone Spray Feature
  • Independent Spray Length and Width Control
  • Individual Job Counter
  • Fast – Less than 10 Seconds Spray Cycle
  • Consistently and Accurately Pre-Treat Garments
  • Easy to Load and Unload for Fast Spray Times
  • Fully ETL Certified
  • Saves Time and Money