"What are the advantages of DTF technology?"
While DTG printing produces high-quality, full-size prints with vibrant colors and a very soft hand, there are definitely some advantages to DTF printing that make it a perfect addition to your apparel printing business.
Direct film printing involves printing the design onto a special film, applying and melting a powder adhesive to the printed film, and then pressing the design onto the garment or merchandise. You'll need transfer film and hot melt powder, as well as software to create your prints—no other special equipment required! Below, we discuss seven advantages of this new technology.
1. Applicable to a variety of materials
While direct-to-garment printing works best on 100% cotton, DTF works on many different garment materials: cotton, nylon, treated leather, polyester, 50/50 blends, and light and dark fabrics. The transfer can even be applied to different types of surfaces like luggage, shoes, and even glass, wood, and metal! You can expand your inventory by applying your designs to a variety of items using DTFs.
2. No pre-processing required
If you already own a DTG printer, you're probably very familiar with the pre-processing process (not to mention drying time). The heat-melt capabilities applied to DTF transfer bond the print directly to the material, meaning no pre-treatment is required.
3. Save white ink
DTF requires less white ink - about 40% white, compared to 200% white for DTG printing. White ink tends to be the most expensive because it is used more and the pigment is titanium oxide, so reducing the amount of white ink used for printing can save a lot of money.
4. More durable than DTG printing
There's no denying that DTG prints have a soft, almost weightless feel because the ink is applied directly to the garment. While DTF prints don't have the soft feel that DTG touts, transfers are more durable. Direct transfer to film washes well and is flexible - meaning they won't crack or peel, making them ideal for heavy use items.
5. Easy to apply
Printing onto film transfers means you can place your designs on hard-to-reach or awkward surfaces. If the area can be heated, you can apply a DTF design to it! Because only heat is needed to adhere the design, you can even sell the printed transfers directly to your customers and allow them to place the design on any surface or item they choose, with no special equipment required!
6. Faster production process
Since you can eliminate the steps of pre-treating and drying garments, you can significantly reduce production time. This is great news for one-off or small-volume orders that have traditionally been unprofitable.
7. Helps make your inventory more diverse
While it may not be feasible to print a bunch of your most popular designs on every garment size or color, with DTF printing you can print popular designs ahead of time and use very little space for storage. Then you can always have your best-sellers ready to work with any outfit you want!
While DTF printing still isn’t a replacement for DTG, there are many reasons why DTF can be a great addition to your business.