Roland DGA produces machines useful across a wide range of classroom application, including CNC mills and large-format printers and printer/cutters. One of their newest products is the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment printer. The BT-12 allows text and images to be printed directly onto fabric which are at least 50% cotton. This includes many types of T-shirts and totes and even some flags. All of these materials are featured in the project-based learning course included with the machine.
The printer comes with simple-to-use software that allows the user to import image files and add text and embellishments such as frames or simple drawings. The VersaSTUDIO HB-12 Desktop DTG Finisher, a heating unit usually included with the BT-12, cures the ink into the fabric after printing. From import to finished product, the process of creating a printed item takes less than 15 minutes.
This product is a great introduction to garment printing and entrepreneurship for students and your program as a whole. After all, any classroom can benefit from a way to print small numbers of commemorative or promotional materials for its school.
Contact your Learning Labs sales representative for more information on this and other Roland products.