DTF printing... the textile printing revolution

DTF printing is often referred to as a revolutionary transfer printing process that has advantages over other printing processes,
such as screen printing, plastisol or DTG (direct-to-garment).
But why is it like that?
We'll try to bring this a little closer to you in our article.
The abbreviation DTF stands for the English term “direct-to-film”, which could be translated as “direct printing on film”.

What is special about DTF printing?

DTF transfers are characterized by exceptional wash resistance, high opacity and color.
DTF prints are worthwhile even for small runs.
Color gradients and fine details can also be printed without any problems on both light and dark textiles, including white.
DTF prints are therefore real all-rounders among printing processes.

How does DTF printing work?

1. Unlike other digital printing processes, DTF printing,
The motif is first printed sideways on the so-called DTF film.
The colors usually used are cyan, magenta, yellow, black and
the special color white is used.
2. Immediately after printing, a powdery hot melt adhesive is applied to the
still wet printing ink applied.
3. When exposed to heat, the transfer adhesive turns into a gel
(gelled). This adhesive allows for adhesion at a later date
on different materials.
The slides can be archived in this condition and if necessary
be further processed.
4. With the help of a thermal transfer press, heat and pressure, it is finished
The transfer film created is positioned on the printing material and the motif is applied
transfer the tissue.

The paint and hot glue bond to the fibers of the fabric.
After the carrier film has been removed, the printed textile can be used immediately.

Which textiles can be refined using DTF printing?

Almost all textiles can be refined using the direct-to-film printing process, such as cotton, polyester, nylon, elastane, blended fabrics and even leather.
This is why the printing process is used in the production of leisure and sports clothing and in the finishing of work clothing.
Textile advertising media are also produced using DTF printing.
Bags, backpacks, jackets, T-shirts, sweatshirts, caps, hoodies and much more can be printed.
The basic requirement for this is that the fabric can tolerate the heat during the transfer process.

What are the advantages of the DTF printing process?

1. Low investment costs
2. Extremely stretchy and durable
3. Suitable for dark and light textiles
4. Works with a variety of fabrics and such as cotton, polyester,
Nylon, elastane, blended fabrics and even leather.
5. Simple automated and fast manufacturing process
6. Comparatively cheap material costs
7. Small editions or individual pieces are also possible
8. High wash resistance, opacity and color
9. No weeding of the motifs necessary
10. No pre-treatment of textiles as with DTG printing.

What is needed for DTF printing?

1. Digital printing system with Epson print head or Piezo print head
2. DTF Inks
3. DTF film, special transfer film
4. Special printer driver or RIP software for color control included.
White print
5. Melt granules (DTF hot melt adhesive)
6. Fixing unit for the melt granulate (transfer press/drying oven/
Continuous dryer etc.) 7.Hot press for transferring the motifs

Do you already have a digital printer or DTG printer?

Then you can convert your existing system and expand to the DTF process!
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