Brother launches GTXpro DTG

Brother has announced a new desktop direct to garment printer, the GTXpro, which builds on its original GTX printer from 2017 and the GTXpro Bulk that was released earlier this summer.

Brother’s latest direct to garment printer is this GTXpro which prints CMYK plus two white channels.

Brother has made a number of improvements over the original GTX though it still prints CMYK plus white. There are two piezo printheads with a maximum resolution of 1200 x 1200 dpi. Brother won’t comment on the heads other than to say that it has developed and built the printheads itself and that they are capable of 1200 dpi resolution. These heads have four channels each, with one head used for the CMYK inks and one for the white ink. 

The printhead for the colours appears to be the same one used for the GTX but the head for the white ink has been further developed. The four channels have been reconfigured into two pairs to create two ink channels for the white ink, each complete with recirculation right through the printhead. Brother says that this arrangement also means that the white ink prints faster as each ink channel can use some of the otherwise redundant nozzles. However, you will need to pretreat garments before printing with white ink.

It appears that Brother has redesigned the capping system – which is normally used to seal the nozzles when idle to prevent ink drying and clogging the nozzles. Instead Brother has created a wet capping station where the nozzles are submerged in a maintenance solution to prevent them drying out. Brother accepts that this does use up some maintenance fluid but says that it’s an acceptable alternative to having to constantly spit ink through the heads to avoid clogging, which is quite a reasonable argument. 

There’s a new sensor to control the height of the platen to keep the substrate close to the print nozzles to reduce ink mist but far enough away to avoid head strikes. It comes with a platen that takes materials up to 35.6 x 40.6cm but there are other platens available with a maximum print size up to 40.6 x 53.3cm. It can print 35 dark t-shirts per hour in CMYK+white or 60 light t-shirts using just CMYK, assuming a full-sized A4 graphic.

Brother says that the GTXpro can print to cotton, silk and polyester, using the same inkset for all these materials. It uses the same water-based pigment Inobella ink as the original GTX, which this new model now replaces. The inks are supplied in 700cc pouches for both the CMYK and white colours. 

In contrast, the inks for the GTXpro Bulk are supplied in a choice of 1.8 and 18 litre containers. There’s no difference between the new GTXpro and the Bulk version other than the ink supply system. In theory you could upgrade the standard print to the Bulk version but Brother says it would be cheaper just to buy the Bulk model in the first place if that’s what you really need. 

Both models come with GTX Graphics Lab software but users can also print files directly from other graphics programs such as Photoshop or CorelDraw.

The GTXpro is available now and at least one dealer lists it at £19995 while the Bulk version comes in at £28,495. You can find further details from brother.com.


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