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Homemade DIY DTG Printer A3 T-shirt Printer Full Details [UPDATED 2023]

Have you ever wanted to build your own Homemade DIY DTG Printer A3 Version but didn’t know how to?
Well, today we will have a look at our DIY DTG Project.

This DIY DTG is capable of printing high-quality t-shirts like any commercial grade DTG printer. That’s because many DTG printers available on the market is actually an EPSON printer with just a custom housing case. This printer can print on both black and white t-shirts with the help of a RIP Software.

Prebuilt vs DIY

Yes, there are pre built DTG made with arduino and some custom boards, but they do not come cheap and can cost as much as $3500 for a simple model.

If you are on a low budget, then going DIY is the cheapest and most affordable way to make your own DTG printer.

We have a tutorial showing step by step on to build yours easily. It includes online support so even if you don’t much skill you can still build yours.


download dtg printer manual


It may look hard to build your own DTG printer, but in fact it’s a very easy and simple a process.

I have converted many printers into DTG before. But this A3 printer gave me the best result I could ever see. The other printers were all A4 based printers and did not have the same printing quality as this one.

I have built 2 DTG printer based on Epson T25, 2 x Epson C88 and now this one. Unfortunately, I never made any plans for the A4 printers. They were a fun project to do, but not reliable to print on t-shirts.

diy dtg printer setup

For those who want to try, I have made a step by step plans available at:


The Epson 1400 printer is excellent for DTG because it has 6 ink channels which means it has 4 CYMK and 2 additional inks for better performance, but I can swap the extra 2 ink channels and change to white cartridges so I can print on dark or colored garments.

This print is able to print white ink using a RIP Software like EKprint Studio

Please keep in mind that you must use some kind of RIP Software that allows you to print using only the selected cartridges if you want to print white ink.

On this build I got the printer running using the original Epson driver but since this printer is programmed to use all the 6 cartridges to print I must use a RIP software.

A RIP software is a program that allows you to change the way the printer works, it performs pretty excellent and I was able to get professional quality with a homemade DTG!

The only way to print using only the CYMK cartridges is to use a RIP and for this build I got the EKprint Studio one of the best RIP available.


The lever on the left side allows me to move the platen using an external power source and I can stop it on the position I want to.

DuPont Artistri Inks
dtg printing details
Back of the printer

CISS System

CISS (Continuous Inking System) this system allows you to refill the cartridges just by filling the tanks.

Waste ink tank.

diy dtg front
Magnet cover.
Enough with pictures, lets watch the video you all wanting to see.

DTG Videos

And that’s my DTG printers!
Guess how much the A3 DTG cost to make ?
Hmm….To be honest it’s cheaper than the previous models!

Here’s why: I bought it used for $36, but it’s was working in a good condition like new!
Total cost was $266 but since I already bought the Textile ink before it would be…$141

I’m willing to help people build their DIY DTG printer too, so I have prepared an e-book plans located on the top of the post and on the bottom of this page, it’s compatible with many printer models as written in the e-book description.
Most printers are the same usually the only difference is an upgrade in the print head or some extra features like Wi-Fi but the rest is usually the same as the previous models.


Stock pigment ink is not suitable for printing on textile, it will stick to the garment and look nice before washing. A simple wash it will fade about 60% and trust me, there’s no way to make DIY Textile ink I already tried it with enamels, clear acrylic stuff and many other stuff, none worked.
If your going to make T-shirt for selling you need Textile inks! On my case I found the DuPont Textile Ink pretty excellent for it, they’re around $30 per 125ML or 4oz. There many stores selling it, do a google search and see which company suits your needs.


For DTG printing you will need a RIP software which allows you to take control over what your printer can do. I found that EPSON driver works good, but not enough to print on dark t-shirts or lay enough ink in each t-shirt.
Pricing: this is a tricky question because it depends on your printer model and the deal you will get.
I have seen people buy the license for as little as $30 on eBay.

Note: I have been receiving lots of emails asking me how much it would cost to build one and ship it to their country, unfortunately, I cannot build one but I made an E-BOOK teaching step by step how to build the printer base and how to adapt everything to it.
It can be found here:
DIY DTG Building – Full PDF Plans – How To Build DTG (alienbunker.com)

download dtg plans here

Thank you for reading this post and have a good day. As I said, I’m willing to help people with troubleshooting and errors.


8 responses to “Homemade DIY DTG Printer A3 T-shirt Printer Full Details [UPDATED 2023]”

  1. Jose Franco Cáceres Velásquez Avatar
    Jose Franco Cáceres Velásquez

    Hi, a greeting from Peru, excuse me, with the manual and a few dollars can I put the DTG? Or there will be a problem, in your blog I have seen a problem with a paper tray, I have an epson l800, with original continuous system, should I buy a new one or can I clean their ink tanks to use DTG?

    1. Alienbunker Avatar

      Hello Jose,
      Thanks for commenting!

      Unfortunately the plans available in our store is not compatible with Epson L800. The model you asking is A4 and it’s very different than A3 printers.

      Regarding the CISS I recommend buying one if it’s not much of a hassle.
      Please let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with.

  2. cleethorpes kev Avatar
    cleethorpes kev

    Hi is the epson 1400 any good for printing white ink?

    1. Alienbunker Avatar

      Hello Kev

      It’s possible to print white ink with Epson 1400 but it’s very slow.

      Epson 1400 has 6 ink channels and you can swap 2 channels with white ink but 2 white ink channels is still slow so I recommend a printer with 8 ink channels and you would get 4 white ink channels which is much faster and reliable.

      If you want a 8 ink channel printer that is compatible with the e-book I recommend Epson 1900 , Epson R2000 or Epson 2400.

  3. Investing in Alberta Avatar
    Investing in Alberta

    Can you recommend some RIP software options that work well? Also, can you tell me if the DIY plans are for a friction feed print tray or is there a motor that drives it?

    1. Alienbunker Avatar

      Hello, Thanks for your comment!
      I currently recommend EKprint by EUKON. They’re known to be the easiest to use and capable of printing high quality t-shirt easily.
      The DIY plans is aimed in creating a very affordable DTG using the least possible parts so it’s based on friction system.

  4. Sim Avatar

    Hey there can you use these to print on shoes too? Or just t shirts

  5. Alienbunker Avatar

    Feel free to post your comments here!