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GTX423 - GTXpro

Print directly on shirts, shoes, denim and much more. Expand your range with fabric bags, shoes, complete fashion collections or you can even print on wood or canvas. Brother's multifaceted DTG printers make it all possible.

$28,493.11 RRP (Inc. GST) $24,776.62 Ex. GST

Key Features

  • New industrial white print head
  • High-speed print mode
  • Optimised maintenance for less waiting time
  • Additional height sensor
  • High quality 1200 x 1200 dpi print resolution
  • Environmentally friendly with water based pigment ink

Service & Support

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Overview

The new GTXpro from Brother: Flexible and immensely versatile. Offering all functions for mass production, the new DTG printer is suitable for everybody. It comes with a Standard Platen 14" x 18", GTX Graphics Lab Software, and installation and multi-day training. 
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The GTXpro is the perfect solution for shops. Compact, flexible and fast. Expand your range with personalised products like shirts, fabric bags and shoes.

What you'll need:

  • 1 GTXpro (CMYK)
  • 1 Transfer press
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If you are already using flex and flock printing technology and wish to expand your range, the GTXpro offers everything you need to get started - including the possibility to print 4c colour gradients and high-resolution photos.

What you'll need:

  • 1 GTXpro
  • 1 Pre-treatment machine
  • 1 Transfer press
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You will remain flexible in your "print-on-demand" production with the GTXpro and yet you are able to react quickly and cost-effectively on rising order quantities by using additional compact DTG printers.

What you'll need:

  • 1+ GTXpro (depending on your volume)
  • 1 Pre-treatment machine
  • 1 Transfer press
  • 1 Tunnel dryer

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.

 

 

DTG Printing Process

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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Do more with DTG

Let technology take the place of costly labour and lengthy skills training. With DTG printing, a single person can take an order, print the items and prep everything for delivery before quickly moving on to the next job.

  • 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 set up 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.

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 pretreater. 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 provides 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 makes 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 a 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 on to 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 1400mm x 1300mm x 550mm
Included Platen Size 356mm x 406mm / 14'' x 16''
Maximum Print Size 406mm x 533mm / 16'' x 21''
Machine Weight Approx. 120kg including Platen.
Ink Type Water-based pigment ink
Ink-Head Type On demand piezo head
Number of Ink-Heads 2 print heads / 8 ink channels
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 Printer driver (USB, File output)
Power Supply AC 110V-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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