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Introducing VersaStudio BN-20D Direct-to-Film Printer

As a business owner, whether you’re launching a new venture or seeking to expand your current operations, choosing the right printer equipment is a pivotal decision that can significantly impact your success. The world of printing technology offers many options, each boasting unique features and capabilities to cater to specific business needs.

Whether you’re delving into large-format printing, creating eye-catching marketing materials, or producing stunning visuals for your customers, finding the best printer equipment for large-format printing is essential to meet your goals. Business owners need to invest in the latest printer equipment for their printing business to stay competitive in a rapidly evolving market. Upgrading to cutting-edge technology ensures higher efficiency, superior print quality, and access to innovative features that can elevate their offerings and meet the demands of discerning customers.

When it comes to large format printing, Roland Digital printing solutions stand out as a trusted industry leader with their top-of-the-line printers. With exceptional quality and advanced features, Roland printers are a reliable choice for businesses looking to achieve remarkable results in the large-format printing arena.

VersaStudio BN-20D Direct-to-Film Printer: Unleashing Creativity and Precision in Printing

Early this year, Roland DGA, a leading innovator in printing technology, unveiled its latest breakthrough, the VersaStudio BN-20D Printer. This cutting-edge device is poised to revolutionize the printing industry with its advanced features and unmatched capabilities. With Direct-to-Film (DTF) printing technology, the VersaStudio BN-20D eliminates the need for traditional screen-printing methods, streamlining the process and saving valuable production time. The VersaStudio BN-20D Printer is set to redefine the standards of printing, empowering users to unleash their creativity and take their projects to new heights.

In the ever-evolving world of printing technology, the VersaStudio BN-20D Printer emerges as a powerful and innovative solution that brings together creativity and precision. Designed to cater to the diverse needs of artists, designers, and entrepreneurs, this cutting-edge printer offers a seamless blend of functionality and versatility.

The VersaStudio BN-20D is a game-changer for businesses and individuals seeking a comprehensive printing solution. Its state-of-the-art features enable users to produce a wide array of high-quality prints, from business cards and banners to decals and labels. With the capability to handle both sheet-fed and roll-fed media, this printer offers unmatched flexibility in accommodating various printing projects.

What is Direct to Transfer Film Printing

DTF Printing Collage

Direct-to-Transfer Film (DTF) printing is an innovative and advanced method of customizing garments and fabrics. Unlike traditional printing techniques, DTF eliminates the need for complex weeding or masking processes by directly transferring designs onto a special film. The film acts as a carrier sheet, holding the ink that is printed onto it and allowing for easy application to the garment.

In DTF printing, the ink is first printed onto the transfer film using a specialized printer equipped with DTF capabilities. Once the design is printed, it is transferred onto the garment using a heat press. The heat activates the ink on the film, enabling it to adhere to the fabric. This process results in vibrant and detailed prints that are durable and long-lasting. DTF printing offers exceptional color reproduction, allowing for the creation of intricate and visually stunning designs with precise detail. It is a versatile and efficient method that has gained popularity in the apparel customization industry for its ability to deliver high-quality results on various fabrics and materials.

VersaStudio BN-20D Features

The VersaStudio BN-20D Printer is a true game-changer in the printing industry, combining user-friendly operation, exceptional print quality, and the renowned reliability that Roland DG is known for:

Printer Interface

Its intuitive interface and straightforward controls make it easy for users to navigate and produce stunning prints with minimal effort.

Print Head Technology

The printer’s advanced print head technology ensures sharp and vibrant results, capturing even the finest details of intricate designs with precision.

Direct-to-Film (DTF) Solution

As a complete Direct-to-Film (DTF) solution, the BN-20D is equipped with everything needed to create captivating prints. It offers compatibility with S-PG inks, S-F164 film, and S-POWDER, all of which are available separately, providing users with a comprehensive range of options to achieve their desired effects. The DTF process enables users to transfer digital designs directly onto film, eliminating the need for complex weeding or masking procedures, and ensuring a more streamlined and efficient printing workflow.

The BN-20D printer revolutionizes the customization of apparel and accessories, offering a straightforward process to apply eye-catching graphics, including intricate images and text, without the need for labour-intensive weeding or masking. With its advanced Direct-to-Film (DTF) printing technology, users can effortlessly transfer digital designs onto film, eliminating the cumbersome steps associated with traditional screen-printing methods. This streamlined approach ensures that businesses can create stunning and detailed prints with ease, saving valuable time and resources while delivering exceptional results that captivate and impress. Whether designing personalized t-shirts, customizing accessories, or crafting promotional merchandise, the BN-20D empowers users to unleash their creativity and elevate their products with unmatched efficiency and precision.

Simple Direct-to-Film Process

Transfer intricate graphics and fine text effortlessly and rapidly with Direct-to-Transfer Film (DTF) printing, eliminating the need for laborious weeding or masking processes. This streamlined method ensures efficient customization of garments and fabrics with exceptional clarity and precision.


The BN-20’s compact 20″ footprint makes it the perfect choice for small office and home-based print providers, maximizing space without compromising on performance. Its versatile capabilities and user-friendly operation ensure efficient printing solutions in a compact package.

Reliable Performance

Reliable and consistent performance, coupled with low maintenance needs, the BN-20D printer ensures minimal downtime and maximizes productivity. The printer is complemented by top-notch Roland DGA service and support, backed by a hassle-free One-Year Warranty for added peace of mind.

Complete solution with available S-PG inks (in CMYK and White), S-F164 direct transfer film, and S-POWDER direct transfer powder (each sold separately).

Ink Delivery Advancements

The VersaStudio BN-20D incorporates cutting-edge ink delivery and recirculation technologies, enhancing its reliability while achieving vibrant colours and improved white opacity for printing on both light and dark-coloured garments. These advancements ensure exceptional print quality and versatility, making it an ideal choice for various apparel customization projects.

Variable Dot Precision

With variable dot control, the VersaStudio BN-20D achieves superior detail, photographic reproduction, gradations, and contrast by producing droplets of seven different sizes. This advanced technology ensures outstanding print quality, allowing for the creation of intricate and visually stunning prints with exceptional clarity and precision.

VersaWorks 6 Software

The VersaStudio BN-20D comes equipped with Roland VersaWorks 6 RIP software, featuring a powerful HARLEQUIN RIP dual-core engine, user-friendly drag-and-drop functionality, seamless processing of complex PDF, EPS, and PS files, as well as access to Roland Color System and PANTONE libraries, providing a comprehensive set of tools and features for streamlined and efficient printing workflows.

Effortless Intricate Printing

The BN-20D Direct-to-Film printer enables printing intricate designs, fine lines, and detailed images that would pose challenges when using vinyl and weeding processes. With its quick and straightforward transfer capabilities, even complex designs and intricate text can be effortlessly reproduced, saving time and effort while achieving stunning results.

Soft, Natural Transfers

Achieving a soft, natural hand to the transfer can be accomplished by knocking out the backgrounds in the design and utilizing the garment colour as the background. This technique enhances the overall aesthetic appeal of the transfer, providing a seamless and visually pleasing result.

Dual Functionality

When not utilized for direct transfer applications, the BN-20D showcases its versatility as a stand-alone vinyl cutter, adding further value to its capabilities. This dual functionality allows for seamless transitioning between different printing tasks, ensuring optimal productivity and convenience. Whether you’re working on direct transfer projects or vinyl-cutting tasks, the BN-20D is your all-in-one solution for efficient and reliable performance.

Perfect for Customized Apparel

The BN-20D Direct-to-Film printer is a perfect choice for businesses aiming to create stunning and customized apparel and accessories like T-shirts, tote bags, and aprons. With its advanced technology and high-quality output, this printer ensures vibrant and detailed prints that leave a lasting impression. Whether you’re starting a new venture or expanding your product offerings, the BN-20D opens up a world of possibilities for your apparel customization projects.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer to the world of printing, the VersaStudio BN-20D caters to your needs, enabling you to produce high-quality prints with ease and consistency. Its combination of simplicity, reliability, and exceptional results makes it a top choice for businesses and creative individuals seeking to take their printing endeavours to new heights. With the VersaStudio BN-20D, the possibilities for customization and creativity are limitless, opening up a world of opportunities for captivating designs and impactful visual communication.

Ready to revolutionize your printing business with the BN-20D Direct-to-Film printer? Contact our dedicated support team today and discover how this cutting-edge technology can elevate your apparel customization projects to new heights. Unlock the potential of intricate designs and stunning results with ease. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your business to the next level. Reach out to us now and let our experts guide you toward success.

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Specialize in Print Customization – 5 Small Businesses You Can Start Today!

While there are many people trying to make money in online customization, there’s no reason why you can’t find your own path through the ecommerce crowds. We can point to hundreds of Roland DGA customers who have found online success in the customization market— often starting with a desktop device like a BN-20 printer/cutter or a VersaUV LEF-12i UV printer and building hugely profitable businesses by making smart business decisions.

Find Your Online Marketplace
Online customization is a growth market. According to statistics website, statista, US ecommerce sales grew 14.9% in 2019 and have continued to grow exponentially in 2020— despite the challenges that people faced in this year. It’s the reason why, right now, it would be a good time to start an online business during this upward curve. However, before you start investing in a new online business and choosing what products you want to print on, there’s three things, right off the bat, you should consider:

a. Have a solid plan on what products you want to customize 
Find what really interests you in the customization and personalization market and concentrate your efforts in those product areas. You may find that you’ve “spread yourself too thin” in to trying to serve too many markets at once— it’s often asking too much of yourself to manage a myriad of shopfronts and products all-at-once.

b. Keep focused on what marketplaces you want to sell in
Like any business, you’ll need to promote your products and so you’ll probably want to to invest in online ads. However, providing different designs to fit each different application and marketplace is going to be costly and inefficient. It’s preferable to concentrate your online ad spending in one niche area to avoid having to stretch your costs across many product interests.

c. You’ll need multiple machines if you want to offer customization in different markets
If you have a business plan that includes serving apparel, décor, art, merchandising, and accessory markets, you’ll need more than one Roland DG machine. While all Roland DG desktop devices are versatile and allow you to print on a range of applications, you’ll need to invest in multiple devices to fulfill different customization markets.

Instead of looking to try to do everything, you might consider just one or a few items to produce so that you can focus your skill and creativity on them, get really good at making them, and turn them over really quickly.  The following list of applications represent some specific customization markets you could specialize in.

5 Customization Markets to Specialize in

1 – Quick Print Accessories

Application Dog Apparel

There’s a huge market for accessory customization right now and there are a few major reasons why it’s a smart one to get into.

1. In comparison to custom tees and jerseys, while the final markup doesn’t tend to be massively different, the cost for products like socks, underpants, masks, scarves, bandanas is much lower from wholesale sites like S&S activewear, Alibaba, Amazon Business, Sinalite and other bulk order suppliers.

2. Right now, there’s still a huge market for products like custom masks and bandanas and that is unlikely to go away anytime soon. Maybe you choose one or a handful of these products to specialize in and build a business around them.

3. Once you start focusing on fewer markets, you’ll start to gain extensive knowledge of these markets, i.e., what designs are trending, where the best shopfronts are to sell your products, who your biggest competitors are in this field. This helps you streamline your thinking and gain condensed, potent knowledge in one area.

Recommended Desktop Technology for Quick Print Fabric Accessories

BT-12 Direct-to-Garment Desktop Printer

Print on cotton apparel, accessories and more, with this easy-to-use, versatile device


2 – Wall Décor 

Wallpaper is a product that people used to associate with old-fashioned decorating techniques where buckets of paste and a whole load of mess were required to install it. With the introduction of the peel-and-stick wallpaper, wallpaper is now big business with mess-free, easy installation, modern designs, and custom options now offered.

Owners of BN-20 printer/cutters or CAMM-1 GS-24 vinyl cutters have many wall graphic options available to them as either a custom décor service for personalizing family rooms in homes, or branded designs for businesses. You might also consider providing “off-the-shelf” products to sell in your online marketplaces— this could be as simple as oversized vinyl wall decals with fashionable designs and sayings or “roll-to-order” wallpaper designs that you can print on-demand.

The following facts explain why wall décor personalization is a smart market to get into right now:

1. The home improvement market in the US was worth 407 billion in 2019*— it’s a huge industry that keeps growing exponentially each year, despite fluctuations in the housing market

2. Wallpaper and wall coverings are really on-trend right now for creating accent walls and specific décor touches in homes

3. Sold by the roll, custom wallpaper is seen as a specialty décor item and can command a high premium

4. Wallpaper media is easily available and not an expensive, specialty media item— it’s price comparable to other adhesive vinyl products on the market.

Recommended Desktop Technology for Wall Décor

  • VersaSTUDIO BN-20 Desktop Printer/cutter – Print and cut vinyl, poster paper, heat transfer media and much more.
  • CAMM-1 GS-25 Desktop Vinyl Cutter –  Cut vinyl, film and heat transfer media with this affordable solution.


3 – Specialty T-shirts and Jerseys


It is inconsequential that so many people are printing and selling t-shirts, because t-shirts have not decreased one iota in popularity. In fact, according to the statistics site, statista, the t-shirt market that’s currently at 1.18 billion dollars is predicted to reach a value of 3.1 billion dollars by 2025. To break into this huge market, you might consider specializing in specific t-shirts and t-shirt designs— rather than trying to throw out a huge net to catch customers, it might be better to use the marketing equivalent of a line and a rod with your designs and sales strategy.

The line and rod could come in the form of specializing in t-shirt markets like bachelor and bachelorette t-shirts, team jerseys, holiday t-shirts, etc. These rely on photo and text personalization— the perfect applications for a VersaSTUDIO BT-12 desktop direct-to-garment printer or a VersaSTUDIO BN-20 desktop printer/cutter. To stand out in the marketplace you might also consider printing on just pocket t-shirts or just raglan t-shirts. Whatever you have to do to make your shopfront stand out from the crowd while making it more straightforward and focused than your competitors.  A big problem with online t-shirt shopfronts is how chaotic and distracting they often are, containing many different designs that all trying to vie for different markets. It’s smart to be more customer and market focused.

According to popular t-shirt shopfronts Bonfire and Etsy, here is a top 10 shortlist of some of the most popular apparel categories to consider concentrating your efforts on:

1. Animal portraits
2. Inspirational sayings and words in handwritten fonts
3. Retro typography
4. Pop culture quotes, characters, and movie tie-in’s (note: there will likely be issues of copyright infringement if using these sources without permission)
5. Religious message designs
6. Mountains and outdoor themed designs
7. 90’s retro vibe designs
8. Pocket print shirts
9. Funny/ironic messages and quotes
10. Band t-shirts (note: there will likely be issues of copyright infringement if using these sources without permission)


Recommended Desktop Technology for T-Shirts

  • VersaSTUDIO BN-20 Desktop Printer/cutter – Print and cut vinyl, poster paper, heat transfer media and much more.
  • BT-12 Direct-to-Garment Desktop Printer –  Print on cotton apparel, accessories and more, with this easy-to-use, versatile device.


4 – Phone Cases, Pop-ups and Electronics

In spite of the electronic market being subject to rapid changes in technology, there are some applications within it that remain constant. The following items are ones that you might consider specializing in.

One of the biggest customization markets on the internet, personalized electronic accessory printing is an entire industry within itself.  With this in mind, it would likely benefit you to concentrate on selected applications and create your own personalization niche within this market. With technology like the VersaUV 12i desktop flatbed printer, you have everything you need to personalize plastic, silicone, leather, and polycarbonate accessories— common materials used in electronic accessory production.

One thing to be aware of however, is that the electronic accessory market is an ever-changing one that’s in constant flux, making many accessories obsolete very quickly.  The following list amalgamated from buzzfeed, etsy and other online sources outlines some of the trending electronic accessories to consider personalizing and creating a niche market for yourself while they’re still en vogue:

1. Bluetooth speakers and home pods
2. Electronic (smart) doorbell covers
3. Roombas and robot vacs
4. Pocket photo printers
5. Echo frames
6. Phone sanitizer and charger
7. VR headsets
8. Electronic beer dispensers
9. Drones and drone cases
10. Soundbars

Recommended Desktop Technology for Electronic Accessories

  • VersaUV 12i Desktop Flatbed Printer – Print directly onto electronics, giftware, souvenirs, and merchandise with this product personalization solution.
  • VersaUV LEF2-300 Flatbed Printer – Customize small and medium-sized items on-demand by adding corporate branding and stunning graphics – from a single object to a short production run.


5 – Photo Printing

And while there’s a mountain of online and offline companies who put photos on canvas, there’s world of possible applications to consider for adding photos and artwork too and building a successful business by specializing in one or more of these products. Many owners of VersaUV flatbed printers and other Roland DG devices have forged success in the photo-personalization market and almost all of them have gravitated to one or more products to specialize in.

The following list outlines some business profiles of people who create photo personalized products to make the optimum use of their business:

  1. Photographers who have extended their wedding and event photography services— upselling customers with photos on memento products
  2. Pet store owners and pet sites who put pet pictures on pet apparel, souvenirs and giftware
  3. Businesses in the décor, interior design and craft markets who are making home furnishings, décor pieces, and wall art a more individually personalized experience
  4. Jewelers and Jewelry suppliers who are offering an added photo personalization service to add extra value to jewelry and keepsake items
  5. Souvenir and giftware suppliers who are including the additional option of photo personalization to make inexpensive products into high-value ones

Recommended Desktop Technology for Photo Printing

  • BT-12 Direct-to-Garment Desktop Printer –  Print on cotton apparel, accessories and more, with this easy-to-use, versatile device.
  • VersaUV 12i Desktop Flatbed Printer – Print directly onto electronics, giftware, souvenirs, and merchandise with this product personalization solution.


As well as providing multiple desktop printing solutions for small businesses and home-based business startups, Roland DGA has a huge range of large format printers, laser engravers, 3D milling machines and more technology to help you start and succeed in graphics and product personalization markets.


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