DTF or Direct to film printing is a unique technique that involves printing designs onto special films for transfer onto fabric. It is a heat transfer process that can last as long as traditional silkscreen prints. Below, we explain five things you should know about DTF technology before performing it in your business.
- Quality Equipment Is Necessary
If you own printing business, you already know that the essence of your work is only as great as the quality of your printers and inks. It is even more true when it comes to DTF printing. You must invest in a quality printer and heat press for optimal results like other heat transfer processes. High-quality inks are also needed to guarantee that the printhead won't clog.
- Not All PET Films Will Cut It
DTF printing requires PET film, but that doesn't mean every type of PET film fits the DTF process. For best results, choose printable matte or glossy warm and cold peel film. Lower quality untreated films may be less expensive, but they don't match the performance of warm and cold peel film—they may smudge, not accept the adhesive, or ruin your garment. Lotsa Style warm and cold peel film is specially treated to withstand a heat press's high temperatures and pressure; it's also compatible with all desktop and large format printers. In addition, our film comes as a cut sheet or in rolls for more extensive operations.
- Choose an Adhesive Wisely
Prints cannot be transferred directly to a garment. Instead, warm and cold peel film must be used to help the image adhere to the fabric. It should be durable enough to withstand up to 45 hand washes while keeping the transfer feeling soft. No foul smell is involved, and excess can be stored and reused.
- Fabric Doesn't Need Pre-Treatment with DTF Technology.
One of the many benefits of DTF printing is that garments do not need any pre-treating to accept a transfer. As a result, it can streamline your services and potentially lower your costs. Overall, the DTF printing process is quicker and requires less labor than DTG printing.
- DTF Printing Offers Greater Versatility
When printing directly to a textile, your options are restricted. DTF gives you much more flexibility, as you can print on various fabrics, including cotton, polyester, rayon, nylon, silk, leather, and more.
If you want to start your DTF business, check out Lotsa Style DTF Supplies here.