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The all new Viper2 DTG Printer is a revolution in the direct-to-garment printer industry. Making the best use of the newest in print technology with smaller droplet sizes, more precise placement and ever clearer images printing onto light and dark t-shirts. 

New Features List:

- Cartridge ink delivery system - taking advantage of the latest n dtg ink technology, the Viper 2 uses ink cartridges rather than bulk inks. This makes for much easier storage, cleaner work spaces and, since the ink is "de-gassed" for greater purity, longer lasting print heads and less maintenance.

- Doorway dimensions - The first modern direct-to-garment printer that fits through a standard doorway! This makes a DTG Kiosk for custom t-shirts, fairs, markets, malls and carnival sales a real possibility. It also means the Viper2 will fit in your home or home office. 

- Quiet Operation - Making the new Viper2 an even better fit for a retail space, back bedroom or corner office, this new model is designed to be quiet and self contained. No WIMS filter noise, especially quiet and quick.

- Low Price point - The investment for the Viper2 is lower than any new DTG product has been for several years - now is the time to get into the custom t-shirt printing business!

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Direct to Garment Printer Line Up

No matter what you call them, t shirt printing machines, DTG Printers, direct-to-garment printers, or just DTG, one of these amazing printers is behind thousands of custom t-shirt businesses. ColDesi offers three models:

DTG Viper2: The Viper2 is the cutting edge in custom t shirt printing! This cartridge-based machine is under 24" wide, so it fits through standard door, and whisper quiet so it's perfect for a home or corner office. In addition to all of that, you STILL get the DTG brand's ability to print on more than one garment at a time and the largest print area in the business. Read more about the Viper2.

DTG M2: The M2 takes a unique and profitable approach to dtg printing and workflow with its dual platen, lateral printing system. Rather than printing on one garment at a time, the M2 allows you to print on 2 shirts at once. This reduces "interface time" and helps you maximize your labor and your profits. Learn more about the M2.

DTG M4: The M4 is an extended version of the M2 for the busiest in custom t shirt printing businesses. With the M4, you can print 4 full sized adult tees at once! M4 information. 

A quick search online for  custom t-shirts will give you an idea of the size of this market, and a DTG Printer from ColDesi is the first step in becoming a part of it. 

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*The Viper has been discontinued. Please call or fill out a Contact Us form to find out about pre-owned DTG. 


Screen Printing vs. DTG

Many people that are looking into the custom t-shirt business are comparing screen printing and DTG, and it's a good comparison because they each have their advantages. 

Creating a custom t-shirt using screen printing is quite a different process than dtg printing. A screen printer must actually create a "screen" of the customers image for each color in the image. Once that is done, each color ink is then "squeegeed", either by hand or by a machine, onto the t-shirt. There's is a cost associated with each screen, and the artwork takes some time to set up so there is typically a set up charge attached to each order. 

Once that order is complete, those screens must be stored or disposed of depending on whether or not you think the customer will come back for more shirts. The ink comes in buckets and frankly it's a messy, industrial/mechanical process when compared to DTG.

The big advantage to screen printing though is that the ink is very inexpensive and, if you have an automatic press, you can produce a large quantity of t-shirts very afford-ably. This makes screen printing the right choice if you are going to do hundreds and hundreds of shirts and have a deadline.

On the other hand, using a printer like the Viper2 from ColDesi, has some BIG advantages over screen printing! 

- Easy, easy, no cost set up. A DTG printer doesn't use screens, but prints directly onto the t-shirt(s).

- Simple file storage. Screen printers usually have a store room full of customer screens - you will be able to store all of yours on your computer.

- Print 1, print 50. Screen printers will typically turn down orders under 100 pieces because it's just not worth the time and materials to set up the job - not so with DTG! You can print a single shirt profitably, and if a customer comes back for more ,you just print more with no fuss.

- No mess! Screen printing is always done in some kind of industrial space or garage because of the mess and the size of the presses. The Viper2 has a closed, cartridge based ink system so  you can print in a home office if you want to - and storage of cartridges is easy. 

These are just a few reasons to consider direct-to-garment printing over silk screening/screen printing, but there are more. 

Contact one of our expert account managers for more information today!

ColDesi's Direct to Garment Printers


Direct to Garment Printing, and the DTG brand direct to garment printers in particular, is an amazing technology that allows almost anyone to print incredibly colorful, high impact images directly onto tee shirts and other textiles. If you've dreamed of creating your own t-shirt line, have terrific ideas that would look great on fabric bags, leather materials, canvas and even non-garment textiles like linens, towels and the like, then ColDesi's DTG Brand is right for you.

If you are an experienced t-shirt business professional, especially a screen printer or user of another brand of direct to garment printer, you are also in the right place! Imagine being able to offer your customers incredibly high quality, full color prints in minutes – and get to say YES to short runs, keeping all that extra business in house. DTG brand direct to garment printers from ColDesi give you the best combination of speed, quality, productivity and cost on the market today. 

direct to garment printer sampleDirect to Garment Printing is ideal for short run (up to 100 or more) garments with designs that contain multiple colors or variable data. Our customers excel in target markets like promotional apparel, charities and not-for-profits, family reunions, birth and wedding announcements, corporate events, small companies requiring short run printing of full color logos, business launches and wearable art. You will see our most successful customers doing some incredible online sales in quirky (“attitude shirts”) and custom user-designed tees as well. In fact, when you search for and buy a custom tee online today you are probably getting a direct to garment printed product from one of our customers!

The digital apparel printing business is a great business to enter into in any economy.  Whether you choose the DTG Viper, workhorse of the industry, the M2 DTG Printer with its ground up made-for-t-shirt printing heart, or the new M4 commercial production unit, the low capital investment and high profit margins make it easy to start and achieve immediate cash flow, especially with one of the economical available lease programs. 

There's a brief introduction below, and when you're done, visit for more information on the models, technology and business ideas that are right for you.

What is Direct to Garment? 

Direct to Garment Printing means just what is sounds like! A DTG Printer operates as a specialized ink jet printer designed to apply an image to a t-shirt just like your home printer applies one to a piece of paper. Of course, because the medium is different, the inks are different and because it's a commercial process the printer is a LITTLE larger and more complex. 

The biggest advantages to using a DTG Printer to create a custom t shirts are:
  • Easy Operation - you do need to know a bit about graphics so you can create a great image, but preparing and printing a shirt a simple.
  • Variable Output - You can print one, two or twenty shirts of one design, put a different name on each, re-size the graphics - all with no more set up time or cost
  • Fast Turnaround Time - this makes your customers HAPPY! If you're starting with a good graphic, you can go from image to finished shirt in under 10 minutes
  • Good for Home Office or Small Business - when using a pretreatment machine with your DTG Printer, you can run your operation in a bedroom OR back office.

M2 DTG Printer Samples

Mixed Media, Screen Printing vs. DTG

One of the biggest advantages to direct to garment printers vs. a process like screen printing is the fact that the direct to garment process uses water based inks. That's not just more environmentally friendly than the screen printing process, it gives DTG an advantage in the realm of multi media design as well.
When a shirt is screen printing, it's typically done with a plastisol or very heavy ink set. The result is that it covers, or blocks off the weave of the garment.

When you try to add a little bling to a screen printed, or a vinyl enhanced t shirt there is nothing for the glue on the rhinestone or spangle sequin to grab onto. You made get a temporary bond, but the bling will wash or wear off very quickly.

The best DTG printed shirts maintain access to that fabric weave, so you can enhance any direct to garment printer design with a rhinestone transfer or a spangle transfer.

What Kind of Direct to Garment Printer Ink Should I Use?

At one time there was really only one or 2 manufacturers of garment printer ink on the market, but with the explosion in popularity in DTG printing came a proliferation of brands and types of DTG Inks as well.

There are important difference in inks that may not be immediately apparent. For example, some inks have a higher viscosity than others (that' show "slippery" the ink is), some may have more or less particulates in them and some of the newer ones even have elements of a corrosive or solvent in them.  

Not every DTG Printer is made the same either, and that affects the performance of inks. For example, many printers share the same print head technology, but not all. So an ink that works perfectly in an older printer may have too high a viscosity for the newer print heads and clog them up quickly. A clog can permanently damage that particular part and cause you to have to replace it.. to the tune of $600-$1400. Additionally, an ink that contains a solvent may degrade acrylic parts inside the DTG printer, ruining that part over time and contributing to print head clogs. 

Even if the ink is used successfully by others on similar printers in the marketplace, using them reduces the effectiveness of a manufacturers technical support and will often void the warranty. After all, many questions that DTG owners have about how well their machine is printing has to do with pretreatment and inks so if you're not using authorized ink sets they simply cannot effectively diagnose the problem.

In order to make sure the inks that you use are appropriate for your direct to garment printer it's important that you rely on the manufacturer or distributor of that brand of product! DTG brand direct to garment printers sold by ColDesi, Inc. have 2 sets of inks that have currently been certified by the manufacturer for use with our printers:

Genuine DTG and P30i Inks. 

Make sure that you used approved direct to garment printer inks in whatever printer you choose!