Summit RT - Faster Printing, Beautiful Prints!

Model wearing DTG t-shirt

The Summit RT direct to garment printer combines stunning print quality, high efficiency and unsurpassed reliability into one rugged and elegant machine. This dtg printer has been completely redesigned specifically for one-pass printing, with prints that are indistinguishable from traditional two-pass prints.

Are you new to garment printing? New to Garment Printing FAQs and Start Your Own T-Shirt Business offer a ton of background information on how DTG printing works, and how to start your own business.

Create custom t-shirts on demand for great profit potential. Custom tees are always popular, and with a Summit RT almost any image can easily be printed to a garment in no time! Plus, one-off prints can actually become a highly profitable part of your business.

Print in One Pass or Two Pass mode. Two pass is the traditional method - the printer lays down white ink first, then resets the platen and lays down CMYK inks on top of the white ink. With One Pass printing, the white ink and the CMYK inks are printed in the same pass, drastically reducing print times without any noticeable loss in image quality.

Achieve lightning-fast prints with One Pass Printing. As an example, an 11x11 inch full-color design with white ink (for dark shirts) prints in 1:34 (one minute 34 seconds.) Two Pass mode, when needed, would take a little over double that time (print time is doubled, and the printer needs time to reset the platen between passes.)

Kothari Print Pro RIP software works with the Summit RT's advanced print head technology to dispense variable sized ink droplets, as small as 1½ picoliters, to accurately print even the finest details. Kothari Print Pro RIP makes many functions easier than ever, including automatically removing solid-colored backgrounds with ease.

The Summit RT with Kothari Print Pro RIP also gives you the ability to do something never before seen in dtg printers - print partially transparent colors! Imagine the possibilities - partially transparent splashes or drops of water, partially transparent clouds, etc. The effect is most dramatic when printed on garments other than white or black, since the color of the shirt shows through the transparency.

Summit RT Demo

Summit RT Direct to Garment Printer

Designed for lightning fast, precision quality one-pass printing on t-shirts and more.

  • Prints on light and dark colored t-shirts, hoodies, wood, tile, and more
  • Maximum print size: 13 x 23.5 inches
  • Auto-clean feature means less time spent on routine maintenance
  • Variable ink droplet system produces ink drops as small as 1.5 picoliters for accurate fine details
  • One Pass Printing - Prints white and CMYK inks in the same pass, cutting print times drastically
  • Print Partially Transparent Colors with the Kothari™ Print Pro RIP software
  • Includes (1) Frame Platen
  • Extra platens allows higher production rates - load a 2nd platen in while the first is printing
  • Prints with CMYK and white inks
  • Bulk ink system offers significant savings over cartridge ink systems - buy ink in bulk and save big on ink costs
  • Serviceability - Award winning service department that backs the products with knowledge and knowhow
  • Toll free phone support: Most issues are actually resolved quickly over the phone, but if not, a certified technician can be scheduled for repairs
  • Warranty - One year limited warranty covering non-consumable parts
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Frame Platen Included

The Summit RT DTG Printer includes a frame platen for full-size prints. Additional platens are available for purchase. These platens are roomy, allowing for printing on thicker materials such as hoodies and sweats, and can also be used for printing on other materials such as wood, tile, canvas, and much more. If you can make it lay flat in the platen, you can print on it!

Kothari Print Pro RIP Software for Full Control

Kothari Print Pro RIP Software

Kothari Print Pro RIP uses patented technology to generate a print profile that uses the color of the T-shirt as an additional color, minimizing the use of CMYK and white inks. This gives the t-shirt a more natural look and softer feel, and drastically reduces ink costs.

Better quality. Specific profiles for direct to garment print that guarantee color fidelity and precise preview on calibrated monitors.

More Productivity. Fast Printing Engine and intuitive interface with productivity tools, Mask editor, Color removal, Color variations, and more.

Less Ink Consumption. Reduced consumption thanks to an optimized use of black in standard profiles.

Kothari Print Pro RIP is compatible with Windows® computers.

Learn more.

Machine Specifications

Approx 130 lbs. (uncrated)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
25 x 31.5 x 23 inches
Print Head
Epson® R1800, Micro Piezo 180 nozzles, 8 colors
Power Requirements
AC 110-220V, 50-60Hz 150w maximum
Maximum Image Size
13” x 23.5”
Maximum Print Resolution
5760 x 1440 dpi
Maximum Substrate Thickness
7 inches
DTG water-based ink

What Our Customers Say

My Highland C5 embroidery machine is awesome. This is not my first embroidery machine. My first one was a different brand. At first I was scared to buy a different brand (Highland) but now that i did buy it I am very happy not only is it faster than my other one, it is also more quiet. It is a little bit smaller than my other but has the same embroidery field. Keith at Mesa is great l have called him on sundays and he always answers. Were else will you get that kind of service? When i am ready for machine number three i will definitely be getting another Highland.

Michael Hugill
Tieton Custom Embroidery and Prints

MESA has thousands of satisfied customers ranging from part-time apparel decorators who work from home to large companies with many machines. Read more customer reviews about MESA's products and services.

The Summit RT Is More Than Just a T-Shirt Machine

With the included platen, and the ability to print on items up to 7 inches in thickness, you can truly print on anything that you can make lay flat on the platen. Do you have a specific application in mind? Give us a call and we'll walk you through it. The Summit RT is more versatile than other direct to garment printing equipment in its class.

Additional Equipment

Heat press
MESA carries a full line of heat presses. These items are not included with the machine but are available for separate purchase. Please consult with your sales representative for your individual needs.
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