Discussing DTF (direct to film) printing and DTG (direct to garment, direct jet) printing will lead to a question: “what are the advantages of DTF technology?” High quality full-size printing with a very soft touch, but DTF printing definitely has some advantages, making it a perfect complement to your garment printing business.
DTF printing involves printing a design onto a special film, applying and melting a powder adhesive to the printed film, and then stamping the design onto a garment or commodity. You will need a DTF printer, DTF ink, DTF film and hot melt powder, as well as software to create prints – no other special equipment! Next, we will discuss the seven advantages of this new technology.
1.Suitable for a variety of materials
Although DTG printing works best on 100% cotton, DTF is suitable for many different clothing materials: cotton, nylon, treated leather, polyester, 50/50 blends, and light and dark fabrics. You can extend your inventory by using DTF to apply your design to various projects.
2.No pretreatment required
If you already have a DTG printer, you may be very familiar with the pretreatment process (not to mention the drying time). The hot-melt ability applied to DTF transfer will directly bond the printed matter to the material, which means that no pretreatment is required.
3.Save white ink
DTF requires less white ink – about 40% white, while DTG printing requires 200% white. White ink is often the most expensive, because it is used more, and the pigment is titanium dioxide, so reducing the amount of white ink used for printing can save a lot of money.
4.More durable than DTG printing
It is undeniable that DTG printing has a soft, almost no touch feeling, because the ink is directly applied to the clothes. Although DTF printing is not as soft as DTG, transfer printing is more durable. It is directly transferred to the film cleaner and has flexibility, which means that they will not crack or peel off, which is very suitable for frequently used items.
5.Easy to apply
Printing on film transfer means you can place your design on a hard to reach surface. If the area can be heated, DTF design can be applied to it! Because you only need heat to adhere the design, you can even sell the printed transfer directly to your customers and allow them to place the design on any surface or object of their choice without special equipment!
6.Faster production process
Since you can omit the steps of pretreatment and drying clothes, you can significantly shorten the production time. This is good news for one-time or small batch orders that are traditionally unprofitable.
7.Help diversify your inventory
Although it may not be feasible to print a pile of the most popular designs on clothing of each size or color, DTF printing allows you to print popular designs in advance and use very little storage space. Then, you can always get the bestseller ready to work for any garment as needed!
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