Direct to film (DTF) technology is increasing in popularity for textile printing. Visitors can see the latest DTF solutions and more at the Graphics, Print and Sign Expo, taking place from 14-16 September at the Gallagher Convention Centre, 9am-5pm.
According to DTG Pro, the process works by using printing transfers that are heat pressed to a variety of fabrics, quickly creating custom T-shirts and apparel.
Benefits of DTF
Variety of fabrics
One of the benefits that make direct to film popular is that it can be used for a wider variety of fabrics compared to direct to garment (DTG) printing. ‘It can be used on cotton, nylon, leather, polyester, and 50/50 blends. This is unlike DTG technology, which only works on cotton fabrics. Direct to film printers work on both white and dark garments and can get the job done without requiring you to press on costly A+B paper,’ state DTG Pro.
Direct to film requires no pretreatment, which can streamline your operations and increase profit margins. ‘Overall, the direct to film printing process is quicker and requires less labour than DTG printing,’ state Allprintheads. One should still invest in quality equipment to get quality results. Along with a direct to film printer, DTG Pro states that users will need: direct to film powder; direct to film sheets; compatible software; hot-melt adhesive powder; direct to film ink; a heat press; automatic powder shaker and a curing oven. There are also optional and reusable antislip pads available to keep transfer films flat and steady.
In general, the direct to film process is faster and more error-proof.
‘Direct to film technology is far more reliable due to its enhanced performance and consistency of design. Plus, you will never have to worry about distorted images and unwanted white lines,’ states ColDesi.
See other new products and business opportunities in the world of graphics, signage, digital printing, branding, T-shirt printing, mug printing, vehicle graphics, laser engraving, binding equipment, digital packaging solutions and more at the Graphics, Print and Sign Expo. The event is sponsored by Platinum sponsors Roland DG South Africa and Stixo Signage Supplies.
The show will take place 9am to 5pm daily. Entrance is free. For more information and to register online, click here.
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