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Create custom hats & more to expand your business!

Custom Printed Caps

Printing t-shirts is a great way to build a foundation for your business, but why stop there? With our cap platen, you now have the ability to create customized headwear helping to expand your product offering and increase your sales. Our Brother DTG printers have a large print head-to-substrate gap that allows them to print from the top of the crown down to the bill on most types of hats – including going over the seam. Ready to learn how? Just simply read or watch the videos below!

Instructional Video | Printing on a structured cap

To learn about custom headwear, complete the form below or call 1-866-750-2543 to speak with a DTG Specialist.For individuals located in the EU or EEA, click here.

 
 

Creating customized caps is a breeze with the right gear. Here are the items you need to get started:

 
 

Let’s Get Started

Watch this video to see the process of creating customized headwear using a Brother DTG printer or scroll down to see a step-by-step tutorial.

Click below for more videos on custom cap printing.

Cap Printing with GTX


Click below for more videos on custom cap printing.

Cap Printing with GTX


Click below for more videos on custom cap printing.

Let’s Get Started

Watch this video to see the process of creating customized headwear using a Brother DTG printer or scroll down to see a step-by-step tutorial.

Click below for more videos on custom cap printing.

 

The Process of Cap Printing

 
Pretreating Cap Pretreating Cap

Step 1

Pretreat the cap with the appropriate type of pretreat. Use polyester pretreat for printing CMYK only ink on light garments or use Brother DTG pretreat for printing with white ink on dark-colored caps.

Step 1

Pretreat the cap with the appropriate type of pretreat. Use polyester pretreat for printing CMYK only ink on light garments or use Brother DTG pretreat for printing with white ink on dark-colored caps.

Pretreating Cap Pretreating Cap
 
 
Curing Pretreat Curing Pretreat

Step 2

Cure the pretreat using a heat gun or conveyor dryer/oven.

Curing Pretreat Curing Pretreat

Step 2

Cure the pretreat using a heat gun or conveyor dryer/oven.

 
 
Cap Platen

Step 3

Load the Cap Platen on the Brother GT Printer with the appropriate riser based on the type of cap being printed. It is recommended for structured caps to use the Small Riser and the Large Riser for unstructured caps.

Step 3

Load the Cap Platen on the Brother GT Printer with the appropriate riser based on the type of cap being printed. It is recommended for structured caps to use the Small Riser and the Large Riser for unstructured caps.

Cap Platen
 
 
Loading Cap on Platen Loading Cap on Platen

Step 4

Load the blank cap on the Cap Platen by flipping the sweat band down and sliding it under the front lip of the riser.

Loading Cap on Platen Loading Cap on Platen

Step 4

Load the blank cap on the Cap Platen by flipping the sweat band down and sliding it under the front lip of the riser.

 
 
Aligning Cap Aligning Cap

Step 5

Use the vertical line on the Cap Platen to align the cap straight prior to securing the bill of the cap using the included black clips.

Step 5

Use the vertical line on the Cap Platen to align the cap straight prior to securing the bill of the cap using the included black clips.

Aligning Cap Aligning Cap
 
 
Flattening Cap Flattening Cap

Step 6

Pull the crown of the cap over the riser and secure it to the back of the Cap Platen. Try to make the crown of the cap as flat as possible across the riser.

Flattening Cap Flattening Cap

Step 6

Pull the crown of the cap over the riser and secure it to the back of the Cap Platen. Try to make the crown of the cap as flat as possible across the riser.

 
 
Software Alignment

Step 7

Using the included artwork template for the Cap Platen or AccuLine Camera System, determine the appropriate position of the artwork.

Step 7

Using the included artwork template for the Cap Platen or AccuLine Camera System, determine the appropriate position of the artwork.

Software Alignment
 
 
Initiating Cap Printing Initiating Cap Printing

Step 8

Select the desired print settings and send the print file to the Brother DTG printer. For printing on the crown and bill of the cap, create the print file for uni-directional print mode.

Print the blank cap by pressing the green button.

Initiating Cap Printing Initiating Cap Printing

Step 8

Select the desired print settings and send the print file to the Brother DTG printer. For printing on the crown and bill of the cap, create the print file for uni-directional print mode.

Print the blank cap by pressing the green button.

 
 
Removing Cap Removing Cap

Step 9

Carefully remove the printed cap from the Cap Platen.

Step 9

Carefully remove the printed cap from the Cap Platen.

Removing Cap Removing Cap
 
 
Final Curing Final Curing

Step 10

Cure the printed cap using a heat gun or a conveyor dryer/oven.

Final Curing Final Curing

Step 10

Cure the printed cap using a heat gun or a conveyor dryer/oven.