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GTX424 - GTXpro B Direct to Garment Printer

Print directly on shirts, shoes, denim, and much more. Engineered specifically for high-volume print shops that run multiple shifts, the GTXpro B features an intelligent ink system that keeps large volumes of ink in a constant state of readiness.

The DTG printer designed with mass production in mind.

What makes the GTXpro B the right choice for your garment decorating business? For starters, Brother builds only industrial-grade garment printers, with print heads, software and firmware that we manufacture. Plus, we’ve developed a proprietary bulk feed system for our own specially formulated inks for even less maintenance time. That attention to every detail means we know that every component is up to the rigors that your business demands. That’s what makes the GTXpro B the cornerstone of your production process and the ideal way to grow your business.

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Key Features

  • Advanced ink system with new industrial print head
  • Production ready design with lower running costs
  • Automatic agitation inside ink tank unit
  • Additional height sensor
  • High quality 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution
  • Environmentally friendly with water based pigment ink

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Overview

Create high-quality printed garments with minimal training or experience

Unlike traditional labour-intensive processes such as screen printing and embroidery, Direct to Garment printing (DTG) utilizes inkjet printing technology to send a full colour, detailed design directly from a computer to a digital printer with a garment loaded into it.

Piezo print heads then jet opaque white ink and translucent CMYK ink onto the garment and recreate the digital artwork. These inks are water-based, eco-friendly inks that are specifically designed to adhere to fabric when heat cured.

DTG makes it simple to create high-quality printed garments and relieves you from needing highly skilled, extensively trained employees with years of printing experience. 

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Built to keep up with your high-volume business, no matter how fast you grow.

The Brother GTXpro B gives you more than just substrate flexibility. It also gives you the flexibility to scale up in short order to meet the demands of your growing business, but not before you have the volume to justify it. And you get the flexibility to rearrange your space to better utilise your workforce and create a more efficient production environment.

Innobella Inks

GTXpro B Ink Chemistry

Take advantage of Brother’s own advanced Innobella Textile Inks formulation to print with greater vibrancy and a larger color range. That chemistry, combined with the next generation AIS (Advanced Ink System) bulk feed feature, gives you the advantage of having even less waste and greater efficiencies on every run. Your prints will maintain their integrity even longer and stand up to multiple washings, all while spending less time on maintenance and refills.

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More colours, brighter colours

Take your prints and designs farther and make them more colourful than you ever dreamed possible. Our newly formulated inks actually provide a bolder, wider range of colours that make it simple to reproduce designs more accurately and with a visible increase in vibrancy.

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Environmentally friendly

Our bolder, brighter Innobella Textile Inks are water-based pigment inks and are ECO PASSPORT by OKEO-TEX® certified and CPSIA compliant. The bulk packaging uses less plastic thanks to the new reusable tanks so there is less waste and less impact on the environment.

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Exceptional washability

Designs printed with Innobella Textile Inks are meant to be worn, not worn out. The special formulation combats the chemicals found in typical laundry detergent and withstands the rubbing and scraping of zippers and buttons. The result is a great looking garment that looks brighter, longer, with proven washability as evidenced by AATCC wash tests, where our inks score 4.0 or higher on every test.

Why DTG?

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Do more with DTG

  • Unlimited colour options and design reproduction
  • Efficient short runs and one-offs
  • Quick and easy reprints
  • Faster output and response to market trends
  • Seamless printing over zippers and other difficult garments
  • Reduced labour and training requirements compared to other printing methods
  • Easier setup and smaller space requirements

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Step 1: Pre-treat and cure the garment

When printing with white ink, apply the appropriate amount of pre-treat depending on the garment. For high volume printing, a pre-treatment machine can be used for optimal results. Then cure the pre-treat solution with either a heat press or dryer to ensure a flat printing surface.

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Step 2: Prepare the digital art

Load your artwork into our new GTX Graphics Lab software. GTX Graphics Lab allows you to position the image, add text, distress layers and make other adjustments to your image before sending the file to print using the GTXpro print driver. Optionally, you can also print directly from your own graphics software.

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Step 3: Print on the garment

Dress the platen with your desired garment or substrate and press print.

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Step 4: Cure the ink on the garment

Place the printed garment onto the heat press once again or in a forced air dryer to cure the ink. This will ensure the ink is fully cured to the garment and will have the desired washability.

Features in Depth

New industrial white print head

The newly designed white print head with internal ink circulation reduces the amount of white ink needed for cleaning.

 

High-speed print mode

The newly designed white print head has even more nozzles than its predecessors. This allows to print in high-speed mode, up to 10% faster!

 

Print with precision

Never sacrifice print quality for output speed. With a print resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi combined with cutting edge Innobella Textile inks, your designs can incorporate the entire colour spectrum and even minute details will print with fantastic clarity.

 

Optimised maintenance - less time consuming

The automatic cleaning processes have been reduced to increase productivity drastically. The standard wet capping station minimises clogged nozzles and the white ink circulation system keeps the system primed and ready to print.

 

Environmentally friendly

OekoTex Passport and GOTS 5.0 certified Innobella textile inks.

 

Authorised dealer network

Installation and training will be done by an authorised Brother DTG technician.

 

Additional height sensor

For an excellent print quality, the new sensor technology controls the optimum height of the print platen in order to prevent ink mist.

 

Less waiting time

By starting to print automatically without manual confirmation at the end of systemically relevant processes, like print file loading or automatic cleaning, your machine will have less downtime.

 

Flexibility

Easily print on a large variety of garments - including trousers, shoes and caps - plus many more. The large gap between the print head and the substrate means you can easily print over seams, across zippers and on top of pockets. The GTXpro has the largest print area of any Brother DTG printer ever. With a maximum print size of 16” x 21”, your designs can be bigger and bolder than ever. Extra thick items are no problem thanks to the adjustable platen height system.

 

Compact machine design

Our compact machine design gives you the flexibility to cater to varying production numbers and to optimise processes in a flexible way. 

 

Print in one pass

With the white ink channels stacked right behind the CMYK channels, you can print almost anything is a single pass.

 

Print with confidence

When you print and fully cure an item using the GTXpro and Innobella Textile Inks, you can be sure of its durability and washability. That’s because Innobella Textile inks have scored 4.0 or higher on AATCC wash tests.

 

 

FAQ's

How much space do I need?

You can set up your GTXpro printing station in a spare room, garage or just about anywhere that’s convenient. The Dimensions of the printer are 55” (W) x 51” (D) x 21” (H) or 1400mm x 1290mm x 535mm). You’ll also need a heat press and automatic pre-treater. The sizes of these pieces vary depending upon the manufacturer you choose. However the average user can run a full set up in a 4m x 4m room.

 

What type of environment should the GTXpro be in?

The room that the GTXpro printer is located in should be a clean, climate controlled room. Temperature ranges should stay within 10-35 degrees Celsius and relative humidity between 20% to 85%. When printing, it is recommended to be within 18-30 degrees C and relative humidity between 35% to 85%.

 

What items can I print on?

The GTXpro uses water-based inks. The substrate being printed on needs to absorb and bind with the ink. Items with open, porous fibers like 100% cotton are ideal. Other items that are not treated or sealed, such as stone coaster, natural wood, raw leather and other items may allow the inks to bind to them as well. New substrates should be tested before going into production.

 

Can I print on more than the center of the shirt?

GTXpro print heads have a large print head-to-substrate gap that makes it easier to print over zippers, seams, pockets and more. This allows for doing wrap around prints on t-shirts, printing over pockets or zippers on hoodies and even over eyelets on shoes. While other printing methods require the substrate to be flat to get the proper off-contact, the GTXpro print head never touches the substrate.

 

Do I need to print every day?

The simple answer is no. The GTXpro printer has built in maintenance procedures and tools that allow the printer to sit idle for multiple days. A highly advanced maintenance station incorporates wetting capping stations and a white ink circulation system.

 

How long does it take to cure the inks?

The GTXpro printer uses Innobella Textile water-based, pigment inks which can cure quickly. These inks need to be cured either using a heat press for 35 seconds at 180 degrees C or a dwell time of approximately 2 to 3 minutes in a conveyor dryer / box at 160 degrees C.

 

What software comes with the GTXpro printer?

The GTXpro printer can work on either a PC or Mac operating system. Users can print directly from their favourite graphic design software using the GTX print driver. Brother also provides its own software, GTX Graphics Lab, that allows users to layout their designs, apply artistic effects and send them directly to the GTX printer. Supported operating systems: Windows® 7(32 bit/64 bit), Windows 8.1(32 bit/64 bit), Windows 10(32 bit/64 bit), Mac OS® X v10.10.x

 

What is a print head? Who manufactures it?

A print head is the component that jets tiny drops of the different colors of ink on to the substrate to recreate the artwork that is being printed. The GTXpro printer uses two piezo print heads to jet the CMYK and white inks on to the substrate. Only a small number of companies in the world manufacture print heads. Brother is one of them and is the manufacturer of the GTXpro print head.

 

What maintenance is required for the GTXpro?

GTXpro is an industrial direct-to-garment printer. Many of the maintenance procedures are automatically performed for the users daily by the built-in features as long as the printer remains powered on.

 

What is Innobella Textile Chemistry?

With the launch of the previous GTX printer model, Brother created a completely new ink chemistry. Innobella Textile inks provide the GTXpro printer with a large colour gamut to reprint your customers' artwork. Brother also created a new pre-treatment formula to work with the Innobella Textile inks that make it easier to print on more colours of garments. Innobella Textile inks have been tested and certified to be eco-friendly.

 

How many prints per hour can GTXpro do?

The GTXpro printer is the fastest printer that Brother DTG has ever manufactured. The print time of a design will vary depending on the size of the design and whether it using white ink or not. Click here to contact a DTG Specialist.

 

What is the cost of a print on GTXpro?

Similar to how the print time of a design can vary depending on several factors, the cost per print can also. The cost of the print is based on the size of the design, whether printing CMYK or CMYK+White inks, the colours in a design, and the cost of the consumables (ink and pre-treatment). When using the GTXpro print driver, the operator can create an .ARX4 file that will let you know the amount of ink used prior to printing the design.

 

What is the washability of a GTXpro print?

The washability of a properly cured GTXpro print should be very similar to that of a properly cured, water-based screen printed shirt. The Innobella Textile inks have been tested by the AATCC to provide a washability of 4.0 or greater.

 

Does this work with a PC or Mac computers?

The GTXpro print driver can be installed on both PC and Mac operating systems. The PC operating system should be Windows 8.1 (64bit) or Windows 10 (64bit).  The Mac operating system should be macOS® 10.14 Mojave or macOS 10.15 Catalina.

 

How is DTG printing different than screen printing?

Screen printing and DTG printing are both viable methods of decorating garments. Screen printing typically requires more upfront work (i.e. separating artwork, creating screens for each color in the design, registering the screens on the press, etc) and tends to be a better decorating technique for larger runs or designs with a limited number of colours. Screen printing is not ideal for printing over seams, zippers, pockets, and other items that make a garment not flat. Unlike traditional garment printing, DTG printing jets ink directly onto a substrate without touching the garment and prints higher detail images without limiting the number of colours in a design. DTG printing is designed to handle short to medium size runs; as well as printing photographic quality.

 

What is pre-treating? When do I do it?

Pre-treating is the process of preparing a garment for printing with white ink that utilizes pre-treatment to prevent the absorption of it into the fibers. The pre-treatment fluid creates a chemical barrier on the garment that causes a chemical reaction when the white ink touches it that gels the bottom of the ink and allows it to sit on the top of the fibers to create a good under base to print the CMYK inks on. Users typically apply the pre-treat fluid to a garment using an automatic pre-treater to get uniform coverage and the correct amount. The pre-treated shirt is then cured on a heat press for 35 seconds at 180 degrees C with heavy pressure prior to being printed.

Specification Details

Features and Specifications

Printing Method Direct inkjet garment printer
Machine Dimensions 1780mm x 1300mm x 1210mm (with recommended stand)
Included Platen Size 356mm x 406mm / 14'' x 16''
Maximum Print Size 406mm x 533mm / 16'' x 21''
Machine Weight Approx. 165kg including Platen. Not including stand.
Platen Sizes Oversize Platen 406mm x 457mm, Adult Platen 356mm x 406mm, Sleeve Platen 108mm x 381mm
Ink Type Water-based pigment ink
Ink-Head Type On demand piezo head
Number of Ink-Heads 2 print heads: 1 for white inks, 1 for CMYK inks.
Print Resolution 1200 dpi x 1200 dpi
Print Mode Single or double for CMYK. Underbase and highlight for white.
Operating Conditions 18‎°C - 30‎°C Degrees / 35% - 85% Humidity %
Standby Conditions 10‎°C - 35‎°C Degrees / 20%-85% Humidity %
Data Output USB, File output, LAN.
Power Supply AC 100V-240V, 50/60Hz ± 1Hz
Power Consumption 0.8A (average) (Reference: 0.4A - during circulation)
Ink Cure Heat press machine can be used at 180°C (356°F) and 35 seconds duration. For higher volume production, a conveyor oven is recommended to be used at 160°C (320°F) for three and a half minutes. Time and temperature may vary depending on which manufacturer's dryer is used.
Pre-treatment Before printing, apply pre-treatment using either a manual or automatic device and then dry garment using a heat-press, being sure to follow all manufacturer's instructions. Pre-treatment is necessary for white ink.
Operating Systems Windows 8.1 (64bit), Windows 10 (64bit), macOS 10.14 Mojave, macOS 10.15 Catalina.
Interface USB2.0, LAN(10BASE-T, 100BASE-TX, 1000BASE-T), USB Flash Memory(Under 32GB, FAT32 format).
Driver Operating Conditions 2GHz CPU (minimum recommendation) 4GB RAM (minimum recommendation)
Display Resolution XGA (1024×768) (minimum recommendation)
Recommended Applications Adobe® Photoshop CS6/CC, Adobe ® Illustrator CS6/CC, CorelDRAW ® 2018/2019 (Windows)

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