Using specialized films, designs are printed using a special printing technique called “direct-to-film printing” before being transferred to clothing. As long-lasting as conventional screen printing, DTF printing is a heat transfer technique.

 

DTF printing, like sublimation and vinyl transfers, is a heat transfer technique that has the potential to outlive conventional screen prints. Before investing in DTF technology for your business, there are a few things you should know.

 

Equipment of high quality is crucial

If you run a printing company, you are already aware that the caliber of your output is largely dependent upon the caliber of your printers and inks. When it comes to DTF printing, this is even more true. For the best results, just like with other heat transfer techniques, you must spend money on a good printer and heat press.

 

High-quality inks are also required to prevent printhead clogging. It is advised to use inks designed specifically for DTF printing.

 

Not all PET films are suitable.

PET film is necessary for DTF printing, but not all PET film varieties work with the DTF procedure. Select a two-sided printable cold release film for the best results. Although cheaper untreated films of lower quality perform worse than two-sided cold release films in terms of adhesion, smudging, and garment damage, they may be less expensive.

 

Cold peel film is compatible with all desktop and large format printers and has been specially treated to withstand the high temperatures and pressure of a heat press. For larger operations, this film can be purchased in rolls or cut sheets.

 

Decide on an adhesive wisely.

Direct printing to clothing is not possible with DTF film. The image needs to stick to the fabric with the aid of a Hot Melt Powder. Imprint Solution provides you with Hot Melt Powder packaging in both small and bulk sizes for DTF powder printing that is strong enough to withstand up to 40 wash cycles while still maintaining a soft transfer. There are no breaks, and extra can be saved and used again.

 

The curing process determines how durable the powder sole will be; the better the curing, the better the results. The ideal curing time is at 165 to 175 C for 2 to 3 minutes in a closed environment.

 

Fabric does not need DTF technology pre-treatment.

The fact that garments don’t need to be pre-treated in order to accept a transfer is one of the many benefits of DTF printing. This could simplify your business processes and possibly lower your expenses. DTF printing is typically quicker and less labor-intensive than DTG printing.

 

DTF printing has more flexibility

There aren’t many options available when printing directly onto a textile. Since you can print on a wide range of materials, including cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, and more, DTF gives you a lot more flexibility.

 

Your options are constrained if you print directly on a textile. Since you can print on a wide range of materials, including cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, and more, DTF gives you a lot more flexibility.