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What is DTF ?
Direct Transfer Film (DTF) printing is a new printing technology that is similar to Direct to Garment (DTG) printing. The main difference is that DTG technology is limited to printing only on cotton-based garments.
DTF printing is much more versatile and can print on a large range of apparel such as nylon, polyester, denim, silk, and of course cotton. Due to the increased number of printing applications, DTF printing is fast becoming one of the most popular methods to print t shirts and apparel.
Many people feel that it will only be a matter of time before DTF printing eclipses silkscreen printing as the most popular printing method.
The DTF printing process is remarkably similar to the Printable PU process in which both use printed transfer sheets to create (print) the image. The transfer image is then pressed onto the garment using a heat press.
The Direct Transfer Film proves involves sophisticated computer technology that is capable of creating highly detailed, colorful prints for your t shirts and garments.Computer-aided technology also makes Direct Transfer Film a fast and economical printing method for large volumes of t shirts and garments.
How DTF work ?
Step 1 – Print on Film
The first step of DTF printing is to create a mirror image of the print design using a white base color. The mirror image will be printed on a PET film, which will later be used to press the image onto the garment.
Step 2 – Powdering
This step is the application of hot-melt powder on the film that has the printed image on it. This process is done by Automatic Powder Shaker- to apply the powder evenly and also to remove the excess powder. It is very important to apply the correct amount of transfer powder, as the powder acts as a buffer between the image and the metal.
Step 3 – Melting the powder
After the transferred powder is applied, it is then placed in a curing oven and heated. The powder is heated until it begins to melt. The melted transfer powder acts as a strong adhesive to attach the image to the garment.
Step 4 Transfer
The transfer step occurs when the image and melted transfer powder are placed on the target garment and pressed uniformly using a heat press. This process isa very important step as any failure in the process will lead to wrinkled or pealing images.
Step 5 Cold Peel
The Cold Peel step occurs when the image print is peeled away from the transfer paper. To maintain the highest level of adhesiveness’ the transfer paper must be removed when the image and garment cool to a certain temperature. If the garment is peeled too early the image may not fully adhere to the garment’s fibers. It is interesting to note that the hot melted transfer powder is similar to amides, where it acts as a binder between the ink colors and the garment’s fibers.
Step 6 Post -pressing
Everytees likes to add the step 6 when using the DTF printing method. We add a step 6 to ensure that our clients DFT printed t-shirts and garments images last a long time and can outlast the competition in both washes and user abrasions.
Our step 6 involves one final press where we apply a heated press to the garment for 8-10 seconds. We feel that the second application of heat helps to strengthen the bond between the ink and the fibers.
Pros & Cons
- Works with almost all types of fabrics
- Suitable for small wording printing
- Does not require pre-treatment like DTG
- Does not require a screen block like Silkscreen.
- No colours limit, can print any colour.
- No cutting or weeding needed.
- Low minimum as low as one A2 size
- The fabric has a very slight hand feel touch and vibrant colour.
- The Fabrics thus designed exhibit good wash characteristics.
- The process is faster and less tedious than DTG printing.
- The feel of the printed areas is slightly affected when compared to that of fabrics designed with DTG printing.
- More expensive if the printing area is large
Why choose EveryTees as your DTF supplier?
- To ensure the quality of print We use the new high-end direct-to-film printer.
- All orders can be completed online through our website.
- Fast turnaround time – we can be completed within 2 days
- Delivery to worldwide
Direct Transfer Film (DTF) printing is a new method of printing that extends the capability of Direct to Garment printing by allowing images to be transferred to many different types of garment materials.
DTF printing is an advanced printing method that will allow t shirt printing shops to offer low minimum orders while providing top quality prints.
EveryTees, highly recommends DTF printing for your branded t-shirt printing business as your only investment would be a heat press machine. Everytees will supply you with the DTF film. Initial start up costs would be RM 1,000 ++.
Answers to Your Questions
How to prepare DTF print file?
1. Open your artwork by using Adobe Illustrator.
2. Adjust your image to the exact printing size
3. Adjust Artboard to size A2 (574 mm x 420mm)
4. Export the file to AI or png file (minimum 300dpi)
What is the heat press setting?
Temperature : 150°C (Cotton) 130°C (Polyester)
Pressure: Apply medium pressure.
1st press – Apply for 8 seconds, then wait and let the film cool, then peel off.
2nd press – Cover with Teflon sheet and press for 8 seconds.
How to place order?
1. Please send dtf print file and quantity to [email protected]
2. Or order online at https://www.everytees.com/products/a2-film-dtf-printing/