What is DTF printing?
A highlight for textile small format printing is the Direct Transfer Film Process (DTF) printing, which will revolutionize the printing of apparel. The printing techniques of sublimation, textile, direct to garment, and now DTF – Direct to Film Printing are simple and adaptable to any kind of garment.
Businesses can take advantage of DTF Printing, also known as direct film printing, as a productive production technique if they use it correctly. DTF will undoubtedly help you achieve your goal of producing vibrant, eye-catching, and comprehensive designs that stand out from the competition. In general, it can be said that the DTF process virtually removes all limitations that are frequently found in other textile printing processes, particularly when it comes to selecting the fabric to print on.
There are many factors that, in the end, make a “good” printer, but what truly distinguishes a printer are special features that guarantee joyful, stress-free printing. Among them are components that prevent the white ink from settling. Why is this crucial? White ink has a propensity to settle naturally, and if left undisturbed, it may block printheads, which is expensive to fix and, to be honest, not ideal.
- Ink moving
What would you do with your printer and your white ink, for instance, if you decided to take the weekend off, go camping, or just relax on a long weekend break? Don’t freak out. Even when you’re snug in bed or on vacation, white ink recirculation and stirring features keep the ink moving. These operate on autopilot.
- Heat platen
Additionally, there is a platen with an adjustable heat setting that can be turned off independently from the main printer. As a result, your white ink continues to stir, but you aren’t wasting energy or money by leaving the heat platen on. You can maintain the white ink’s recirculation by isolating it.
- Bulk ink
The DTF printer’s bulk ink system is another unique feature because it enables lengthy printing without requiring you to regularly refill your cartridges, which is extremely annoying.
- Waste ink alarm
Finally, the extremely cool waste ink tank and alarm system are the best. The waste ink tank and alarm let you know when the system is full so this will prevent any messy leaks. It’s loud so you won’t expect to overflow. If you do forget, don’t worry—the alarm will make sure to let you know when it needs to be emptied.
What is required to begin DTF printing?
- Direct to film printer.
DTF Modified Printers is another name for these printers. The DTF printing can be done on printers that have six colors or more. The ability to use them as CMYK+ WW with white inks is the reason we chose a six-color printer. White ink, indeed.
The DTF printing process employs PET Coated films. The DTF Printing uses sheets that are 75 and 100 microns thick. DTF Sheets is another name for these.
The process relies heavily on the software.
- Hot-melt adhesive powder.
The white and black DTF printing powder or TPU powder functions as an adhesive to bind the colored pigments in the print to the fibers in the fabric.
- DTF printing inks.
These are custom-made DTF inks that come in the colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and White.
- Heat press.
The heat press is primarily used to transfer images from films printed on fabric to fabrics themselves. On the DTF film, it can also be used to warm the hot melt powder.