Features of the GT Cap Platen

Before we began the creative development process for creating the GT Cap Platen, we had two primary principles that it would have to include: easy-to-use and provide a quick return on investment. Below is the key information on the features that are offered with the GT Cap Platen. Learn about all the items that come with the GT Cap Platen, how easy it is to use it, why you don't need any additional tools necessary, how it can work on most types of caps and just how fast the return of investment can be achieved.

GT Cap Platen
Components of the GT Cap Platen.

So what do you get when you purchase the GT Cap Platen? Everything you need to be successful in digitally printing on most types of caps. The GT Cap Platen comes with the following items:

GT Cap Platen Base
Large Riser
Small Riser (w/ Center Groove)
GT Cap Platen Base for GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
Large Top Riser for GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
Small Riser for GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
 
   
Height Spacer
Spring Loaded Bill Holders
Accessories Kit
 
Spacer for GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
Bill Holders GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
Accessories Kit for GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
 
Easy-to-Use Cap Platen.

As mentioned above, one of the core principals we had from the beginning was to make it as easy as possible to get a curved crown as flat as possible to print on. After 10 months of development and more than 10 different designs, we believe we came up with the best solution. Below is the basic instructions for loading a cap on the GT Cap Platen.

1. Loosen the Platen Locking Lever. GT Cap Platen for GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
2. Using two hands, pull the Adult Platen straight up and out of the Platen Stem. GT Cap Platen for GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
3. Insert the center pin of the GT Cap Platen into the Platen Stem. GT Cap Platen for GT-541, GT-782 and GT-3 Printers
4. Move the Platen Height Adjustment Lever to raise / lower the GT Cap Platen to the correct height. GT Cap Platen for GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers
4. Tighten the Platen Locking Lever. GT Cap Platen for GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 Printers

 

No Tools Necessary!

No one wants to have to use tools on their GT printer. So we made sure that you would not have to remove anything from your GT printer besides the GT platen. No additional modifications to the GT printer need to be made to mount the GT Cap Platen to it. Because you have the option of using either the Large Riser or the Small Riser, as well as using the Spacer or not, we wanted to make sure that you could do this without have to use any tools to setup the GT Cap Platen. So we created it to allow the two Risers and the Spacer to be inserted on the GT Cap Platen using a basic wing nut.

No Tools Necessary GT Cap Platen Wing Nuts - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers

Works on Most Caps (Structured & Unstructured Caps).

Similar to decorating caps with embroidery, some caps are easier to do compared to others. Unstructured caps (commonly known as relaxed or floppy front caps) are easier to get them to lay flat across the Cap Platen Risers.

Unstructured Cap on GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers

Because structured caps have rigid backing material designed to make the crown of the cap stand straight up, it can be more challenging to get the crown of the cap to lay flat. In some cases, it will be necessary to lower the GT Cap Platen down more and print using Unidirectional print mode. By printing in Unidirectional print mode, the platen can be lower than usually and still get a detailed print.

Structured Cap on GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers

Fast Return on Investment (ROI).

Digitally printing on caps only makes senses if you are able to make back the cost of the platen - which is called the Return on Investment (ROI). Some GT users have markets that will pay more than $20.00 per a decorated cap. Others might have to sell caps for $12.00 each. Our goal was to make a cap platen that a majority of GT users could invest in and get a quick ROI back on it. Below you find a quick ROI analysis that will show that even with a $20.00 hour employee, the ROI on the GT Cap Platen can be as low as 40 caps.

Costs of the Cap   $2.00 to $4.00 (depending on style)
Cost of Ink   $0.10 to $0.25 (depending on size and coverage of artwork)
Cost of Labor   $0.50 to $1.00 (printing 20 to 40 caps an hour)
Total Costs
  $3.10 to $5.25 (per a cap)
Sales Price   $12.00 to $15.00 (on the low side)
Total Revenues
  $12.00 to $15.00 (per a cap)
Total Profit   $8.90 to $9.75
Cost of Platen   $350.00
ROI on GT Cap Platen
Less than 40 Caps!

 

Need Additional Information?

If you would like additional information on the GT Cap Platen, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions and Gallery pages of our website. You can also find the installation instructions and artwork templates from the Instructions page.

BUY A CAP PLATEN NOW!
If the GT user is located in the United States, a cap platen can be purchased by clicking on the PayPal link to the right. For those GT users outside of the United States, click here and complete the form to provide us your shipping address to get a quote on shipping. We process all payments through PayPal to ensure a secured payment system and to protect your credit card information (which is not provided to us). GT Users do not need to have a PayPal account to complete the payment process.