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What does DTF mean?

Today, Transfer2Paper will continue our topic about DTF print film. If you haven't read last news, please click here to read the news before. This article will tell you what does DTF mean and the differences between DTG and DTF.

Super Latex® DTF film, DTF Is the abbreviation of direct transfer film or direct to film, which is a new technology for T-shirt heat transfer-digital offset heat transfer, you can use our DTF printer to freely print the designed pattern on the coated PET film, then cover the printed pattern on the T-shirt by dust and bake the pattern to melt the powder, and then transfer it to various colors of pure cotton or cotton-polyester blended fabric, cotton canvas and other products by heat transfer machine or electric iron.

It can be used for personalized T-shirts, team clothes, Work clothes, advertising shirts, jerseys, bags and other fields. The image transferred has color retention and resistance to multiple washing.


1. Differences of DTF with DTG and White Toner
DTF is a mix between these two techniques and it can create some confusion when comparing it because they have certain similarities. We are going to do an analysis of their differences so that it is easier for you to identify which technique best suits your needs.

1.1 Differences between DTF and DTG
DTF and DTG (direct printing on textile) are very similar acronyms and both techniques are based on a jet printer equipped with white ink ... What are the differences between the two?
The initial investment: The DTF technique represents a very low investment compared to a DTG textile printer. Practically a DTF equipment costs a tenth of a DTG printer.
Production time: In DTF, the film is first printed on, to which the DTF powder must be added later, the printed film is cured and then the film design is transferred to the textile. While with the DTG technique the printer prints directly on the garment or fabric, which greatly shortens the production time compared to DTF.

Finish and feel of the print: The DTF has a somewhat "plasticized" finish very similar to the finish of a silk-screen transfer or cut textile vinyl, however, they are very elastic inks that prevent cracking of the print when stretching the garment. With the DTG technique, a much finer finish is achieved to the touch and integrated into the fabric, since the ink remains totally impregnated in the fabric.
Intensity and purity of the White color: In this case the DTG technique is the one that achieves a white of greater intensity and purity. In the DTF technique the white is not so pure and intense.
Cost of consumables: Both techniques have low production costs. A priori, it may seem that the DTF is going to become more expensive due to the need for more materials in the printing process, but the truth is that the final cost of the printed shirt is somewhat lower with DTF than with DTG.


1.2 Differences of DTF with White Toner
Here the similarity resides in the production process, since we must first print the transfer and then stamp the shirt with the printed transfer and the result is very similar to the touch as well. We are going to analyze the differences between DTF T-shirt personalization and low cost white toner.
Initial investment: In this case, a DTF equipment is also cheaper than a laser printer since the cost of a DTF equipment is half that of a laser printer such as Uninet or OKI.
Printing process: DTF is much simpler than white toner since it prints the white layer at the same time as the color layer (in the case of low-cost white toner machines).


Pelado transfer : With white toner you must iron the printed paper A to the paper B that incorporates the adhesive and then peel. This step is very delicate since if the peeling is not done correctly, the transfer will be damaged and it will cause you to lose production at no cost. With the DTF technique this step does not exist, which saves you time and money in possible waste.
Finish and feel of the print: The finish to the touch is practically the same with both techniques. The biggest difference is that DTF inks are textile and provide greater elasticity and resistance to cracking.
Intensity and purity of the color White: In this case, the white toner technique achieves a more intense white.
Consumables cost: White toner has much higher printing costs than DTF due to the toners and NO CUT transfer papers needed to perform the stamping. More or less, a DTF printed shirt has a production cost of 50% less than a White Toner printed shirt.
Variety of possible projects: DTF is a technique in which you can mainly work with textiles, while the laser technique with white toner opens up a wide range of projects, since in addition to textiles you can customize full color rigid.


2. Pros and cons of DTF
To summarize everything that we have explained to you, we are going to summarize in this section the advantages and disadvantages of the DTF technique of customizing shirts.

2.1 Advantages of DTF
Low initial investment
You can print shirts of any fabric and color
Very elastic patterns that do not crack when stretching the fabric
Very high resistance to washing and wear

2.2 Disadvantages of DTF
Somewhat plasticized touch of the print, similar to silk-screen transfer or textile vinyl
More laborious stamping process than other techniques such as sublimation or DTG.

3. For whom is the DTF technique suitable?
It is a perfect technique for all those who are interested in introducing the customization of T-shirts and any other textile (cushions, masks, bags, sweatshirts ...) in their cotton , polyester or any color mix business with a very low investment .
If you already practice sublimation of articles, the DTF is a perfect complementary technique to get more economic performance from your business.
And so far today's post. What do you think of this innovative DTF technique? Would you like to incorporate it into your personalization business? Tell us your opinion in comments.

And if you have any questions or concerns about DTF technology and customizing t-shirts, do not hesitate to contact us. Transfer2paper is a professionable factory in heat transfer industry,we can provide you with the whole solution. Heat transfer vinyls , heat transfer films , inks and machines. Subscribe to Transfer2paper's social media to get interesting and current content about the world of personalization.

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