The T-Lock Platen Base, designed from individuals manufacturing platens for Brother DTG printers since 2008, is made from laser cut, powder coated aluminum. The features of the base are designed to get the highest return-on-investment possible by working with a large variety of platen inserts.
Getting to Know the T-Lock Base:
The T-Lock Base uses the same pin setup as the Brother Adult Platen. So to install the T-Lock Base on the Brother DTG printer, loosen the Platen Stem Locking Lever. Slide the large pin of the T-Lock Base down the center of the Platen Stem and align the medium pin to fall into the U-shape metal clip on the back of the Platen Stem. Adjust the height of the T-Lock Platen using the Platen Height Adjustment Lever on the Brother DTG printer. Then tighten the Platen Stem Locking Lever.
There are two large slots in the T-Lock Base that are designed for the T-Lock Brackets to slide in. There are two registration bolts that screw into the T-Lock Base from the bottom side that are used to provide a tight fit for the T-Lock Platen Inserts.
Additionally, there are four Platen Leveling Pins on the four corners of the T-Lock Platen. Users can easily level the Platen Insert with the bottom of the Brother DTG print heads by adjusting these leveling pins.
For users wanting to create their own custom inserts, additional T-Lock Brackets can be purchased or there are four pre-drilled holes that can be used to attached custom inserts. When using the pre-drilled holes, the platen insert will need to have counter sunk holes drilled so the bolt will not raise the printable area.
T-Lock Base Instructions:
To install the T-Lock Base fixture, you will first need to remove the platen that is currently on the GT printer. To do this, loosen the Platen Fixing Lever by turning it counter-clockwise. Then lift the platen off using two hands.
The T-Lock Base fixture will have the metal pins already assembled to it. Then flip the T-Base over and insert it on to the Brother® GT platen system just like you would do with a standard GT platen.
Once you secure the platen insert to the T-Base and loaded the garment on it, you will want to adjust the height of it using the GT Platen Height Adjustment Lever.
Purchase T-Lock Platen Kit:
To purchase the T-Lock Platen Kit, click here.