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5 Things to Know About DTF Technology

5 Things to Know About DTF Technology

Oct 28,2022
Direct film printing is a unique printing technique that involves printing designs onto special films for transfer to garments. DTF printing is a thermal transfer process with the ability to last as long as traditional screen printing. Below, we'll discuss five things you should know before implementing DTF technology in your business.

1. Quality equipment is critical

If you own a printing business, you already know that the quality of your work is as good as the quality of your printer and ink. Even more so when it comes to DTF printing. As with other thermal transfer processes, it is critical to purchase a quality DTF printer and a heat press for the best results.

The high-quality ink is also required to ensure that the printheads do not clog. We recommend inks specially formulated for DTF printing; they are better guaranteed due to rigorous testing.

2. Not all PET film will cut it

DTF printing requires PET film, but this does not mean that every type of PET film is suitable for the DTF process. For best results, choose a printable double-sided cold-release film. Lower-quality untreated films may be cheaper, but they simply can't match the performance of double-sided cold-peel films—they can stain, not accept adhesives, or ruin your clothing. The cold-release film is specially treated to withstand the high temperature and pressure of heat presses; it is also compatible with all desktop and large format printers. This film can be purchased as a sheet or in rolls for larger operations.

3. Choose your adhesive wisely

Prints on cold peel films cannot be transferred directly to garments. Instead, adhesives must be used to help the image adhere to the fabric.

4. The fabric does not need to be pre-treated with DTF technology

One of the many advantages of DTF printing is that garments do not require any pre-processing to accept the transfer. This can simplify your operations and potentially reduce your costs. Overall, the DTF printing process is faster and requires less labor than DTG printing.

5. DTF printing offers greater versatility

When printing directly onto textiles, your options are limited. DTF gives you more flexibility as you can print on a variety of fabrics including cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, leather, and more. 

If you want to know more about DTF technology or want to buy a DTF printer, please contact us

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