Instructions for using the GT Cap Platen

One of our primary goals when creating the GT Cap Platen was to make it easy-to-use for all types of GT users. Below you will find detailed instructions on how to install it on the GT printer, how to load a cap, where to download the artwork template, where to position your artwork and how to choose the print direction for your GT printer. We provide this detailed information in hopes that it will answer all your questions in advance.

GT Cap Platen

Installing the GT Cap Platen on GT Printer.
We designed the GT Cap Platen so you don't have to make any additional modifications to your GT printer when installing it. Below are the instructions for removing the Adult Platen and installing 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


Loading a Cap on the GT Cap Platen.

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. Below are the steps for loading a cap on the GT Cap Platen.

1. Flip down the sweat band on the inside of the cap. Flip Sweatband GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
2. Slide the front of the bill under the spring loaded bill holders. Slide Under Bill Holders GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
3. Pull the crown of the cap back to the riser till the sweat band catches under the lip of the riser. Lay Crown Flat Riser GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
4. Use the black clips to lay the crown of the cap as flat as possible across the riser. Black Clips GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers


How to Remove a Printed Cap from the GT Cap Platen.
Once the cap is printed, you can follow these instructions to remove it from the platen and cure it.

1. Remove the black clips that are holding the crown of the cap flat across the riser. Black Clips GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
2. Slide the front of the bill forward under the spring loaded bill holders. Black Clips GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers
3. Once the sweatband is under the front lip of the riser, left up and remove the printed cap. The springs under the bill holders make it easy to remove the bill from under them. Black Clips GT Cap Platen - GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printers

 

Download the Artwork Templates.

The GT Cap Platen comes with some recommend artwork templates for CorelDraw (CDR file format), Photoshop (PSD file format) and as a PNG transparent file. To download the artwork templates, complete the form below and a personalized link will be emailed to your email address.

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Here is a video that shows how to use the artwork templates for CorelDraw and Photoshop.

 

Included in the artwork templates is the Cap Print Grid. We recommend to print the Cap Print Grid on the cap you are using with t he riser / spacer combination to determine where the artwork should be placed to show up in the graphic software program to print in the proper location on the cap. The Cap Print Grid also allows users to determine if printing on a specific location on the bill will be crisp enough if using a spacer. Below is a picture of the Cap Print Grid on a cap. Notice that on the sides of the caps there are areas where artwork cannot be printed.

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

Working with Artwork for Printing on GT Cap Platen. Working with Artwork on GT Cap Platen

We designed the GT Cap Platen so that the front of the riser being used would start 5 inches from the center of a 14" x 16" template (standard Adult Platen size) and the top of the Large Riser is at the top of the 14" x 16" template. So placing your artwork in at the top center of a 14" x 16" platen will help with the placement of the artwork.

The standard visible area of cap when being worn is approximately 3" in height. So the Large Riser provides approximately 3 inches of printable area. However, some low profile caps may require the printable area to be smaller. In addition, the size of the bill on caps can vary as well. So the artwork templates provide a good starting point, but some adjustments may need to be made based on the cap being used.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PRINTING ON THE BILL OF CAPS:
It is important to understand that if you are going to print on the bill of the cap, you will need to allow for room for the bill to slide back under the spring loaded bill holders in order to remove the cap. This will allow the sweat band to come out from the lip on the front riser and allow for the cap to be easily remove. So keep this in mind when creating your artwork.

Setting the Print Direction on GT Printer.

When printing on some caps (especially structured caps), it may require that the GT User to lower the platen down more than typically to help compensate for any wrinkles in the crown of the cap. In doing so, the GT user will want to change the print direction to Unidirectional mode to ensure a detailed print. To do this, follow the instructions below:

Print Direction GT Cap Platen GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printer
Print Direction GT Cap Platen GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printer
Print Direction GT Cap Platen GT-541, GT-782 & GT-3 dtg Printer
Press Down button till Print
Direction is highlighted.
Press Down button to select
Unidirectional print mode.
Press the Enter button. Control panel will
display unidirectional mode is selected.

 

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.

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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.