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How the DTF printer works: understanding the specialized device

In this article, we delve into the world of the DTF printer. We’ll explain the technical details and illustrate why a DTF printer is essential for this technology. In another article, What is DTF?, we focus on DTF printing and explain how this printing technology operates. A quick look at that article is definitely worth your time.

DTF Printer

The structure of the DTF transfer printer

The design of this DTF transfer printer is complex, to say the least. We could go into the nitty-gritty details, but we’ll focus on the key aspects and give you a visual representation. The easiest way to understand the device is by breaking it down into steps.

Step 1: Submit your design to us

In the first step, we receive a PDF file from you containing your designs. It doesn’t matter how colorful or detailed your graphics are; we bring out the best in your DTF transfer.

Step 2: Printing and film

In the second step, the selected design is printed onto a PET film using a specialized inkjet printer. PET stands for Polyethylene Terephthalate. A particular type of ink is used in this step, crucial for the process to follow.

Step 3: Adhesive and powder

The next step almost reveals the secret. A special adhesive is applied to the printed DTF film. The powder adheres only to the printed areas.

Step 4: Heat press and transfer

After the PET film has been printed and treated with powder, it is pressed onto the material using a heat press. The heat activates the adhesive, and the print transfers the design onto the material. The film is then peeled off, leaving the design intact.

What makes the DTF printer technology special?

The DTF printer offers detailed and colorful prints that stand out from traditional printing techniques. With the design printed on film, you can even visualize how the end result will look on the textile before pressing. This is often difficult, if not impossible, with other printing methods. The technique also seals the motif, making it durable. Additionally, the ink in a DTF print bonds with the material.

Precision in color adjustment through software

For the DTF transfer printer, there’s a specialized “RIP Software”. RIP stands for Raster Image Processor. With it, we can adjust the color depth and saturation, optimize the white channel data, and even mirror the designs for transfer. This provides a significant advantage over traditional printing techniques, particularly on darker materials. In this way, we can maximize the capabilities of our DTF printer to deliver your perfect designs.

Cost-effective for the end user

New technologies usually come with a higher price tag, but not with the DTF transfer printer. Various familiar and frequently used components play a role here. The primary distinctions lie in the general procedure and the specialized ink. The software is also helpful, assisting us in correct color adjustment. Despite all this, the fixed costs remain affordable. That’s why we can offer you a DTF transfer print (Direct to Foil) at fair prices.

Concluding thoughts on the DFT printer

Technically speaking, the printer consists of multiple components. The film is the most crucial element in a DTF print. The printer applies a special ink to the PET film, making both the printer and the ink defining features of this new technology. Find the subject interesting? Then it’s time to place your first DTF transfer order with us. We look forward to working with you!

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