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DTF printing is the most popular thermal transfer printing process now, many people have switched from screen printing to DTF printing, of course, as a new technology, you may encounter many problems, here are 5 problems (hope it can help everyone ):

1. Does the DTF transfer film have high requirements on the printing machine?
Yes, you need a converted Epson printer or a professional DTF printer.

2. What is the difference between cold/hot peeling of DTF film?
Cold peeling refers to peeling after the media is completely cooled, it can provide more vivid effect and can make the image adhere better to the surface of the textile.
Hot stripping, as the name suggests, is stripping while the media is still hot. According to our tests, it will make the result more like a matte.

3. How to solve the oil surface problem of some DTF membranes?
The oil surface occurs when the chemicals and water droplets are not completely dehydrated during the heating process. To solve this problem, you need to increase the heating temperature and time according to your own situation.
And, you can store it in a dry and cool place for a few days, usually the oil surface will disappear by itself.

4. Since the pattern is attached to the fabric by hot melt adhesive through DTF, is it easy to fall off??
After high temperature, the hot melt adhesive powder is integrated with the fabric fiber, and the DTF film is easy to tear


5. If you use HTV for heat transfer. What are the advantages of DTF?

The biggest difference between HTV and DTF is hollow and multi-color. HTV mainly has monochrome lettering film and printable lettering film. The disadvantage of monochrome lettering film is that monochrome needs to use positioning film and cutting plotter to hollow out, and the lettering film can be printed, that is, it also needs to use positioning film and cutting plotter to realize hollowing, which is inconvenient to operate and takes longer than DTF printing

Compared with HTV, DTF can print thinner lines, and it will not deform after high temperature heat transfer. The effect after transfer printing is smooth, good elasticity, anti-stretch, and good washing effect.

DTF printing is the most popular thermal transfer printing process now, many people have switched from screen printing to DTF printing, of course, as a new technology, you may encounter many problems, here are 5 problems (hope it can help everyone ):

1. Does the DTF transfer film have high requirements on the printing machine?
Yes, you need a converted Epson printer or a professional DTF printer.

2. What is the difference between cold/hot peeling of DTF film?
Cold peeling refers to peeling after the media is completely cooled, it can provide more vivid effect and can make the image adhere better to the surface of the textile.
Hot stripping, as the name suggests, is stripping while the media is still hot. According to our tests, it will make the result more like a matte.

3. How to solve the oil surface problem of some DTF membranes?
The oil surface occurs when the chemicals and water droplets are not completely dehydrated during the heating process. To solve this problem, you need to increase the heating temperature and time according to your own situation.
And, you can store it in a dry and cool place for a few days, usually the oil surface will disappear by itself.

4. Since the pattern is attached to the fabric by hot melt adhesive through DTF, is it easy to fall off??
After high temperature, the hot melt adhesive powder is integrated with the fabric fiber, and the DTF film is easy to tear


5. If you use HTV for heat transfer. What are the advantages of DTF?

The biggest difference between HTV and DTF is hollow and multi-color. HTV mainly has monochrome lettering film and printable lettering film. The disadvantage of monochrome lettering film is that monochrome needs to use positioning film and cutting plotter to hollow out, and the lettering film can be printed, that is, it also needs to use positioning film and cutting plotter to realize hollowing, which is inconvenient to operate and takes longer than DTF printing

Compared with HTV, DTF can print thinner lines, and it will not deform after high temperature heat transfer. The effect after transfer printing is smooth, good elasticity, anti-stretch, and good washing effect.

If you have different opinions, welcome to discuss
 

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DTF printing is the most popular thermal transfer printing process now, many people have switched from screen printing to DTF printing....
nobody is switching from screen-printing to dtf
people may add dtf to their decorating arsenal, but to switch would be a completely different business model

your section on htv mentions 'The disadvantage of monochrome lettering film is that monochrome needs to use positioning film...'
that is not true, the adhesive layer is face up

dtf has its place, but it is not the be-all and end-all people sometimes portray it as
personally i would never get into it
it's either far too expensive for decent eqpt. or you spend countless hours of down-time fixing technical issues and generally monkeying with a modified epson, then there is the whole shaking of the glue and re-bottling (how long for one print start to finish?)
all this for an end-product that does not feel very nice on a large front chest design

* you may want to edit your post, as you copy and pasted the same text twice in your post *
 

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nobody is switching from screen-printing to dtf
people may add dtf to their decorating arsenal, but to switch would be a completely different business model

your section on htv mentions 'The disadvantage of monochrome lettering film is that monochrome needs to use positioning film...'
that is not true, the adhesive layer is face up

dtf has its place, but it is not the be-all and end-all people sometimes portray it as
personally i would never get into it
it's either far too expensive for decent eqpt. or you spend countless hours of down-time fixing technical issues and generally monkeying with a modified epson, then there is the whole shaking of the glue and re-bottling (how long for one print start to finish?)
all this for an end-product that does not feel very nice on a large front chest design

* you may want to edit your post, as you copy and pasted the same text twice in your post *
Actually we have switched from screen printing to DTF. Screen is the most cost effective for large jobs, but there is more prep and more cleanup, and frankly more skill required.
 

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Actually we have switched from screen printing to DTF. Screen is the most cost effective for large jobs, but there is more prep and more cleanup, and frankly more skill required.
really?

that must have really ate into your profits, what do you reckon is the difference in say a 50 t-shirt order?

do your customers not complain about the incredible difference in hand of their garments since switching to dtf?
 

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Most of our orders are for less than 50 pieces. The owner stopped screen years ago and migrated to vinyl. Now understand, we are a print shop, not a screen shop, and so shirts are only an added thing we do for our print customers. If we have orders for a thousand shirts we outsource.

We can take a digital file and in ten minutes be printing onto film, rather than creating separations, creating screens, setting up, printing, cleaning up, and we gained a lot of room in the shop. And, we do not need an experienced screen printer, just stupid old me that runs a dozen printers.

If you are strictly a screen print shop, then I agree that it doesn't make sense, other than to have a DTF or DTG for one off's and very small multi color shirt orders.
 
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