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Is This the End of DTG? Why Screen Printers Are Switching to DS-4000

For over 30 years M&R has helped countless screen printers realize their dreams by supplying them with innovative screen and digital printing products that stand the test of time. We have the right solutions for shops of all sizes, from pre-press to product finishing. M&R equipment is designed and
built with a commitment to quality, durability, and innovation, and is backed by unrivaled 24-hour service and support. With efficient systems integration from start to finish, it’s no surprise that year after year, print after print, M&R’s hard-working equipment is the choice of professional printers
around the world.

DS-4000™ Digital Squeegee® Hybrid Printing System

M&R’s DS-4000 Digital Squeegee is setting the standard for hybrid printing. At production rates of 400+ prints per hour the DS-4000 bridges the gap between direct-to-garment (DTG) printing and screen printing.

Since the Digital Squeegee prints on top of a screen-printed under base a wide array of fabrics including synthetic and performance blends – can now be printed digitally, opening the door to new market trends and cost-effective high-end digital textile imaging.

Using a screen-printed underbase eliminates the need for time-consuming pretreatment and expensive digital white underbase inks. M&R’s hybrid printing process reduces the time, labor, and cost required by digitally printing alone, making small and mid-size print runs cost-effective.

An eight-to-twelve-color screen print typically requires hours to perform separations, process and expose screens, mix inks, and register the press.

The same screen print can be set up and printed on the Digital Squeegee in a fraction of the time with a minimal number of screens, greatly reducing art times normally associated with multi-color screen print jobs.

Hybrid prints can be embellished with specialty printing effects before or after the digital print, expanding creative possibilities by blending the best attributes of screen printing with the ease and detail of digital imaging.

With some creative planning, a common screen-printed white under base can be used with varying digital print data to produce completely different images in the same print run. It can also result in savings in the production process in various aspects.

Digital Squeegee inks can be cured in conventional gas dryers, such as the Sprint® 3000, Sprint 3000 D, and Sprint 3000 DHZ.

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