Using NaturaLink B for Brother GT-541

If you use an Brother GT-541 direct to garment printer,  you will want to know about NaturaLink B Inks.  Manufactured by Sawgrass Ink,   NaturaLink B is a water based, environmentally friendly ink that has the same basic formula as the original Brother ink.  With NaturaLink B, you can print on 100% cotton or 50/50 blend shirts,  just as you would with the OEM ink,  except that the Sawgrass ink offers better washfastness at a lower cost.

Best of all,  the NaturaLink B cartridges are color matched with the OEM cartridges,  so you can switch your cartridges out as you need to do so.   Plug and print compatibility makes switching from one ink to another very simple.   The small amount of original ink left in the lines and dampers will not have any noticeable effect on printability.

There are a few precautions you should take when using your NaturaLink.  These precautions will help ensure maximum ink life and that you get the best results from your ink.  First of all, make sure your ink is stored away from direct sunlight.   Second, install the ink cartridges in the color slots that correspond to the color of the ink in the cartridge.   Do not pull the ink cartridges out once you have started printing.  Removing the ink cartridges will result in poor print quality and may cause damage to your printer.   You should also be aware that garments coming off the printer may still be wet and could smear until the image is fixed by heat and pressure.   To cure, or fix the printed image,  press the printed garment on the following settings:

  • Temperature 360 degrees F
  • Pressure 40 psi
  • Dwell time 35 seconds

NaturaLink B is also easy to keep clean, whether it spills on your work surface, or while it is being used inside your printer.  If you spill some ink on your work surface or yourself,  and it has not been cured,  you can easily remove it with a paper towel soaked with a common household cleaner like Simple Green.   The printer itself can be kept clean using the Wiper Cleaner which comes with every black ink cartridge.   Your Basic Operation Manual will have instructions on how to use the Wiper Cleaner.

To learn more about NaturaLink B and your Brother GT-541 printer,  please read the FAQs available on our website.

Think Ink

Many times when we talk about sublimation,  we talk about the printers or the blanks or the paper.  All of those items are important and necessary for sublimation,  but none are quite so vital as the sublimation ink.   Without the ink there is no printed transfer,  and without the transfer there is no image to place on your shirt or mug or mousepad.    The ink is where everything begins.

Dye sublimation is a process by which an ink is turned form a solid to a gas without going through the liquid state.    The conversion from one state to another occurs when the ink is heated  and is controlled through time and pressure.   When the ink is used with the proper paper and transferred to a polyester or poly coated substrate,  the result is a vibrant print that is sturdy enough to withstand washing and sun.

Sublimation ink is manufactured by Sawgrass Technologies,  and is available as Sublijet for Epson printers and Sublijet-R for Ricoh printers.    Both formulation and cartridge size can differ based on the make and model of the printers you are using,  so please be sure you select the correct ink category for your printer.    You should also keep in mind that sublimation ink is designed for printing on polyester fabrics or poly coated items.  If you attempt to use transfers printed with Sublijet ink on any medium other than polyester,  your transfers will not print correctly.

If you would prefer to print transfers for use on cotton garments,  the ink option you should explore is ChromaBlast Ink.   Like the Sublijet Ink,  ChromaBlast ink is available in formulations suitable for Ricoh or Epson printers.    ChromaBlast is for use on cotton fabrics only,  and is suitable only for white or light colored fabrics.   For some people,  ChromaBlast Ink and paper offer an alternative to direct to garment printing.

Finally,  we can’t forget that EnMart also offers ink for those who print directly to garments using a Brother GT-541 printer.  EnMart sells NaturaLink B from Sawgrass.  This ink is color matched with the Brother OEM inks, and is available at a less expensive price.    For more information on NaturaLink B and Brother, please read our in-depth FAQs on the subject.

Whatever your ink requirements,  be it sublimation,  ChromaBlast or direct to garment printing with a Brother GT-541,  EnMart has the supplies and ink you need.   If you’ve been looking for a one stop shop for sublimation,  or for a quick and efficient shipper for your ChromaBlast or NaturaLink B inks,  look no further than EnMart.    We will be happy to assist you in finding the ink you need for your particular printing requirements.

NaturaLink-B for Brother GT-541

Those of you who are familiar with our site most likely already know that we offer Sawgrass inks for sublimation.   What you may not know is that we also offer NaturaLink B which is ink for the Brother GT-541 direct to garment printer.   Today I thought I would tell you a little bit more about that ink and how it can help you if you use a Brother GT-541 printer.

First of all, let’s start with what NaturaLink-B is.  NaturaLink-B is a DTG (Direct to Garment) ink, developed by Sawgrass Technologies to replicate Brother® International’s ink for its GT-541 garment printer. NaturaLink is a water-based
pigment ink and is environmentally friendly. There is no difference in color rendition, or chemical behavior that your printer can detect, between NaturaLink and the Brother ink.

Second let’s discuss the differences you will see if you switch from Brother OEM ink to NaturaLink-B.  The short answer to this is that you won’t see any, except for increased wash fastness.  You may simply replace an empty Brother® cartridge with a new one containing NaturaLink-B without concern.  For optimum printing performance, make sure that there is no original ink left in the cartridge you are refilling. The small amount of original ink remaining in the in the lines and dampers will not have a noticeable effect on printability.

Third, we should address how we know that there is a difference in washfastness.  The answer to that is simple, Sawgrass did a side by side comparison.  After five washes NaturaLink has substantially less loss in optical density than Brother inks. This means that your prints will stay brighter longer. Optical density (OD) is a measure of the intensity of the color in a printed image. The higher the OD, the more intense the color. Over time, and with repeated washes, colors fade. A faded color is a color that has lost intensity, and has, therefore, a lower OD—the result of OD loss.

Fourth, and prehaps, most important, we should answer the most pressing question for many people, will using NaturaLink-B void the warranty on your Brother printer?  The short answer to this is no.  In the United States, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Improvement Act of 1975, as well as the Sherman and Clayton Antitrust Acts that precede it, stipulate that a manufacturer cannot void your warranty for using third-party ink or cartridges.

To learn more about NaturaLink-B, please read the GT-541 FAQs on our website.