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Transfer & download full color images from a PC or built-in compact flash card reader. Press the print button. Cure with heat press. Produce 30-60 Shirts / Hour, 1-2 / Minute
The Brother GT-541 uses ink jet technology that prints on many garments in high quality color directly from a computer. This ink jet garment printer is as simple to operate as a desktop printer, which can be networked with multiple units, to deliver great print quality and still remain cost-effective for short-run apparel graphics applications.
The GT-541 is faster and less expensive to operate than traditional screen printing machines because there is minimal set-up, tear-down, clean-up, screens, squeegees, or pallet adhesive. The GT-541 water based ink can be cured by a standard heat press, eliminating the need to purchase a conveyor dryer, and significantly reducing operating space requirements.
Imagine a garment printer that allows you to print directly from your computer or from a flash card, without all the set-up mess or high cost of traditional screen printing machines. Our new GT-541 “Print on Demand” Inkjet Printer prints on most garments in full color , with a large 14" x 16" printable area. It’s as simple to operate as a desktop printer and consistently delivers high-resolution print quality. It is faster and less expensive to operate than traditional screen printing machines because there is no extensive set-up, teardown, clean-up screens, squeegees, or pallet adhesive. The durable water-based inks withstand repeated washings and can be cured by a standard heat press, eliminating the need to purchase a conveyer dryer. The GT-541 is designed for garment printing. Matching ink and print heads were developed specifically for printing on cotton and cotton/poly blended materials. It’s what you’ve come to expect from a leader in inkjet printing technology.
- Printing Method: Direct Inkjet Garment Printer
- Max printing area: 355.6mm x 406.4mm (14" x 16")
- Platen Height Adjust: Manual 12mm (0.48")
- Machine size: L x W x H 1183mm (W) x 940mm (D) x 610mm (H) (Approx. 4' x 3' x 2')
- Machine Weight: 220lb (100kg)
- Ink Type: Water Base Pigment Ink
- Ink Color: 4 colors (CMYK)
- Ink volume: Approx. 220cc usable ink
- Ink-Head Type: On demand piezo head
- Number of Ink-Heads: 4 heads, 1 for each color and a total of 128 nozzles
- Ink-Head Resolution: 600 x 600 (dpi)
- Print Mode: Single, Double
- Printed Substrate: 100% cotton, 50/50 cotton/polyester
- Operating system requirements: Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
- Environment: 50F(10C) to 95F(35C) Humidity 20 - 85% RH
- Interface: USB (USB 1.1/2.0), Compact Flash
- Power consumption: 90VA (average), 20VA (idling)
- Power supply: AC115V ±10% 50/60Hz ± 1 Hz
Brother.com page on GT541 Garment Printer, Specifications, Accessories, FAQ's
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- Black Ink Cartridge GC-50K
- Magenta Ink Cartridge GC-50M
- Cyan Ink Cartridge GC-50C
- Yellow Ink Cartridge GC-51Y
- Waste Ink Cartridge SA5629001
- Cap Cleaning Kit SA5774001
- Nozzle Cleaning Kit SA5885001
- Platen Sheet SA5620101
Optional Accessories Part code
- Youth Platen SA6399001
- Platen Sheet S SA6401101
- Baby Platen SA8213001
- Pocket Platen 599GT1PPT
- Sleeve Platen GTPSP
Q. What type of printer is this?
A. The printer is a computer controlled large format ink jet printer that prints directly on to your garments.
Q. Are the prints produced very detailed?
A. The printer produces graphics with up to 600 Dpi. Process screen-printing is approximately 72 Dpi
Q. How many colors will the printer produce?
A. By using the 4-color printing process (CMYK) it can produce over 16 Million colors.
Q. How is the ink supplied to the printer?
A. By 4 ink cartridges (CMYK).
Q. How long does it take to print a shirt?
A. It really depends on the design, but a standard sized 10"X12" design can be produced in about a minute.
Q. Is there any post treating of the garment after printing?
A. Yes. Use a regular heat-press set at 356 degree F and press for 35 seconds.
Q. What color of garments can it print on?
A.We can print on white and many light or pastel color shirts, additionally some dark color shirts as well.
Q. Can we print on dark color shirts?
A. It depends on the color of the garment. But it cannot print on black due to the printer not having white ink.
Q. Will the ink withstand washing?
A. Yes, we have done extensive wash testing and we have found that the ink is very durable in most cases equal to or better than Screen Printing.
Q. What is the maximum printing size?
A. It is 14" wide X 16" long.
Q. How much does it cost to print a shirt?
A. It depends on the amount of ink used. A standard design uses about one dollar worth of ink.
Q. What is the machine's size and weight?
A. The printer is 46.6" long x 37.0" wide x 24.0"tall. It weighs about 220 lbs.
Q. Is any special software or a RIP required?
A. No, graphics can be produced by using most of major Windows based design software programs.
Q. Is any special power supply required?
A. No. This printer works with regular AC power 115V (+/- 10%).
Q. What kind of ink is used?
A. It is a water-based ink developed especially for printing on garments.
Q. What types of fabric can it print on?
A. You can print on a variety of fabric types, however, best quality results are achieved using 100% cotton, 50% cotton 50% poly blends.
Q. When the garment is being printed how do you keep ink from bleeding from the front to the back?
A. There is no need as the ink does not bleed through the shirt.
Q. How is a garment loaded into the printer?
A. The garment is slipped on to the printer's platen much like a garment is loaded on to a screen-printing machine.
Q. Do we need to use any spray tack (adhesive spray) to hold the garment?
A. No. The surface of the platen is covered with a special fabric that helps hold the garment in place.
Q. Is financing available?
A. Yes through third party leasing companies.
Q. Can you print on sleeves?
A. Sure. It would be easier if you press the sleeve before printing and adjust platen height accordingly.
Q. Can you use this printer to print on a transfer paper and then transfer it?
A. No. Our ink is not transferable.
Q. What operating system(s) is required?
A. Windows Vista, or Windows XP Home or professional, or Windows 2000.
Q. Can the printer be used on a network of PCs?
A. Yes. We can share one GT-541 printer with multiple networked PCs using Windows printer-sharing function.
The GT-541 inkjet garment printer is a perfect complement to my screenprinting/embroidery business. I have been screenprinting and embroidering for the past 22 years, and nearly three years ago I agreed to beta test the GT-541. My business has been exploding ever since. We had a 41% increase in sales in 2006 over the previous year in inkjet printed products – which is extraordinary! Although my customers love the traditional look of screenprinting and embroidery, those new to the inkjet printing process love the soft feel, fast turnaround, exciting new graphic options and unlimited vibrant colors. The GT-541 has definitely given me a distinct competitive edge and tons of repeat work. I am even getting work from other screenprinters and embroiderers.
Lisa Kearley, Pittsfield, MA
The GT-541 is becoming my favorite piece of equipment in my garment decorating business. The advantages of the GT-541 over screen printing are no screen charges and no minimums. My customers are thrilled. For those that need only a few shirts; they don't have to settle for a one color design. They get exactly what they want at a price they can afford and it's making a huge difference. Samples are a snap. Customer feedback tells me they love the way they wash and wear and they like that there is no heavy, stiff plastic feel as they were used to with screen printing. Business is increasing as word gets out about the increased benefits I can offer my clientele! I'm even subcontracting for other garment decorators.
Dan Alexander, Nanuet, NY
The GT-541 serves a very lucrative, rapidly growing niche market. We can now profitably print short runs with multiple colors, which isn’t practical with screen-printing. We’ve had customers wanting to add just a few shirts to their already completed order, and now we can print them in just a few minutes – without the set-up and mess of screen-printing. Our customers love to have us print shirts with special photos on them for gifts, memorabilia, sports teams, you name it. The GT-541 is providing an important new profit center for us. We’re thrilled with the service we get from Brother. They always stand behind their machines, and our rep, Steve Hobbs, has been just great to us.
Brad Alpers, Marietta, GA
As a beta site for the prototype GT-541, we realized the importance of being able to offer customers on-demand digital garment printing. Before we started printing with a digital garment printer, we didn't fully understand the potential of offering this service to our customers. The customer walks in with a design and they walk out with a printed sample. Since February of 2004 we have printed roughly 22,000 prints for a total of just over 12,000 completed shirts, and the printer never skips a beat. We average about $4 per shirt profit. We just completed a 500 pc. order that required several different prints and 2 print sizes for each design. Not something I would have attempted on an auto press. The set-up times alone would have taken longer than it did to run the entire job on the GT-541. This printer is rock solid, it is obvious that it is a production machine. If I had the choice to make all over, even with all of the competition out there, I will still choose the Brother GT-541, no questions asked. I couldn't imagine running a screen printing business without the GT-541.
Peter Rinnig, Somerville, MA
I've been in the garment decorating business for nearly 20 years and nothing has boosted my sales like the GT-541 garment printer. The GT-541 has become so invaluable to my business, it gets equal press time. It has been a gold mine for us, representing a whopping 12% of my bottom line in just the first year alone! Our customers can have as many colors in their designs as they want, without the high cost of all those screens. We can offer them the printing they want, at prices they can afford, with lightening quick turnaround times. The GT-541 is by far the best investment I've made for my screenprinting business!
Dustin and Lisa Henderson, Yachats, OR
We wouldn't even be in business if it weren't for the GT-541 digital inkjet garment printer. The quality is just amazing and always consistent, even after zillions of washings. We specialize in taking photos at sporting and special events, and then preserving these memories by putting them on shirts and other garments. We simply pack up our GT-541 and photography equipment and travel from event-to-event. Having had a prior successful sales career, I worried about how to market this product. Fortunately the GT-541 practically sells itself. People are amazed at what this machine can do. We always seem to have a crowd around us, but fortunately our customers don't have to wait long at all for their garments to print. Brother is a company that really cares about its products and customers. As far as we're concerned, Brother owns this industry and has set the standard. No one can even come close.
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