DTF, short for ‘Direct-to-Film’ is a printing technique that is gaining rapid adoption in the Textile & Apparel industry and is expected to significantly increase its share in the apparel decoration segment. DTF has some significant advantages over existing technologies as it can be heat-pressed onto a wide range of fabrics as well as being suitable for full-colour and detailed designs, ideal for small runs whilst offering good washability.
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DTF is ideal for logos, images and labels on the front-side, back-side, sleeves and inside of T-shirts, hoodies, and work clothing. Personalisation, such as names and numbers on sportswear further extends the usage and promotional items like caps and bags are further good usage examples.

Designs are printed on special media called ‘DTF film’ using an inkjet printer with dedicated DTF inks (heat transfer pigment ink), which is often backed up with a white ink layer. A soluble ‘hot melt powder’ is then applied, which adheres to the wet ink layers, and acts as the glue between design and fabric.

The film then passes through a dryer unit, drying the ink and smoothing the powder layer. The resulting direct to transfer sheet can then be heat-pressed onto fabrics such as cotton, polyester, polyester blends, silk, and leather.

Find out more here about direct to film printing and our new TxF Series printers.

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