DTG Direct to Garment Printing

DTG Direct to Garment Printing

A DTG or Direct to Garment printer allows a digital image (such as a PNG or JPG) to be printed directly onto fabric. It works similarly to an inkjet printer by using ink in cartridges that are especially designed for fabric. The printer prints directly onto the fabric and then using a finisher, heat is applied to the fabric to set the ink. You can create custom t-shirts, hoodies, wall hangings, tote bags, and more.

Using the DTG Direct to Garment Printer

Auahatanga - Aranui Library

Use our Book a Creative form to arrange a time that suits you to get one-on-one help.

Auahatanga - New Brighton Library

Use our Book a Creative form to arrange a time that suits you to get one-on-one help.


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Technical specifications

There are two Ricoh Ri100 DTG printers at South Library’s makerspace. Each DTG printer has a finisher (Ricoh Rh100) attached to it so that projects can be heat set afterwards.

Design constraints

The printers are designed to print on light coloured fabrics only such as white or cream. They have a maximum A4 print area (210 x 297 mm) and your garment can be positioned in either portrait or landscape. For best results, use pre-washed cotton-based garments, though poly-cotton blends can also be used.


The charge to use our DTG printer is $5.00 per garment. There is a maximum of 5 garments per person per session.

Intellectual property and privacy

Customers are responsible for understanding their legal obligations under copyright, trademark, patent, and industrial law as well as their moral obligations to protect their own and others' intellectual property. Our libraries are busy public places. While we will endeavour to do our best to protect the privacy of your work, we cannot guarantee that it will not be seen by other customers. The Library reserves the right to refuse any Direct to Garment Print Request.

Photos of DTG Printing

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