DTF (Direct-to-Film) Printing:
DTF printing is another method used for printing designs onto garments, especially fabrics such as polyester. It involves printing the design onto a special transfer film, which is then transferred to the fabric using heat and pressure.
DTF printing has gained popularity as an alternative to traditional methods like screen printing and sublimation.
Here's an overview of the DTF printing process:
- Preparing the Design: The design is created or imported into a computer and prepared for printing.
- Printing onto Transfer Film: The design is printed onto a special transfer film using specialized DTF printers that utilize eco-solvent or UV-curable inks. The printer applies the ink to create the design with vibrant colors and fine details.
- Applying Adhesive Powder: An adhesive powder is sprinkled over the printed design on the transfer film. This powder helps to bond the ink to the fabric during the transfer process.
- Heat Press Transfer: The transfer film with the printed design and adhesive powder is placed on top of the garment. It is then heat-pressed using a heat press machine, which applies heat and pressure to transfer the design onto the fabric.
- Curing and Finishing: After the heat press transfer, the garment is typically cured using a heat press or a conveyor dryer to fix the ink onto the fabric. This ensures that the design is durable and long-lasting.
DTF printing offers advantages such as the ability to print vibrant, full-color designs on a wide range of fabric types, including polyester. It allows for detailed designs with gradients and shades. DTF printing is also suitable for small batch production and on-demand printing.