Pigment.Inc has launched its new Merch Factory DTF QO-T Printer through its DTG Digital brand.

The Merch Factory is a complete DTF production kit consisting of the QO-T Printer, Powder Applicator, Cure Oven and Kodak DTF film, powder adhesive and DTF Inks. Photo: Pigment.Inc.

This desktop format high-volume commercial DTF printer is capable of printing full 40 x 50 cm DTF transfer sheets in under three minutes. It has dual print heads for high-speed throughput and the printing hardware has the same industrial grade features as the company’s Q Hybrid Series DTG/DTF Hybrid models.

The printer has a built-in vacuum platen to secure the DTF film sheets in place during the print cycle. This feature improves registration accuracy and ink droplet placement resulting in best in class DTF print quality. WIMS white ink management automatically circulates, filters and pressurises white ink in the printer reducing white ink maintenance. The auto white ink flush system refreshes all critical white ink components with touch button control for predictable and repeatable white ink prints.


DTF consumables available with The Merch Factory include Kodak transfer film, EFTF inks and powder adhesive. The new EFTF transfer inks are OEKO-TEX approved and designed to match the latest precision core print heads with regard to viscosity and temperature requirements guaranteeing smoother brighter print results. They are pre-degassed and available in user replaceable one litre bags for continuous, longer run production. Importantly, the film and ink are coated and chemically matched for high release and have anti-static properties to ensure consistent reliable results. The initial heat press transfer time is just 10 seconds with the final press decreased to 10-15 seconds at 145˚C to 160˚C.

Pigment.Inc CEO Steve Richardson says, “The Merch Factory simplifies DTF transfer printing further in a dedicated sheet format desktop style printer. It’s designed to fit into smaller spaces with a minimal approach to hardware requirements. It builds upon the success of the Q Hybrid Series DTG/DTF systems currently available and surpasses similar roll to roll systems when it comes to volume production. Faster print speed, intuitive operation and simplified maintenance are key features of the QO-T Printer. Additionally, the QO-T Printer is paired with Kodak consumables ensuring quality and consistency in the DTF film, inks and powder adhesives which in turn yield excellent transfer results. The Merch Factory positions garment and product decorators in prime position to acquire tailored DTF production equipment that enables businesses to expand the range of products that can be decorated in a compact easy to operate DTF setup.”