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ls it Worth Buying a DTF Printer to Expand Your Business?

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Update time : 2022-12-07 11:44:08
DTF (direct-to-film) printers have transformed the texturing industry and upgraded the process of creating graphics on garments in the digital age. Manufacturers and designers can now develop digital artwork and transfer it into garments by printing on PET film. Recently, you may have encountered a debate about direct-to-film (DTF) printing versus direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. DTG printing is one of the established technologies and once the primary method for T-shirt printing and small finished product production. However, the advent of DTF printers has changed that. It has become the latest technology on the apparel printing industry's buying list and is starting to take over the custom apparel/personalized apparel printing business.

What is DTF printing?

With DTF printing, your design is first printed on a DTF film. DTF digital printing printers allow for very precise ink volume control, which means vibrant colors, opaque undertones, and very sharp and fine edges. The high ink-loading DTF film absorbs every drop of color, so there is no problem rendering high levels of detail and color gradation. Once the film is printed, powdered and dried, it receives a layer of adhesive and is then ready for heat press transfer to the textile. DTF printing can be applied to both light and dark colored products. It is ultimately as durable and stretchable as the product fabric.

# Extremely flexible and durable
# Suitable for dark and light colored textiles
# Compatible with cotton, polyester, blends and many other materials

Benefits of investing in DTF printing

DTF printing offers a wide range of options. Unlike older printing technologies, DTF printing is compatible with a wide range of fabrics, including polyester, cotton, leather, nylon and more. This factor makes DTF printers ideal for the printing industry where versatility is needed.


No pre-treatment is required. Pretreatment is a major drawback of most printing technologies (including DTG). However, DTF printing do not require pre-processing. Therefore, you can take a garment off the hanger and start working directly without having to consider the number of other pre-printed designs.


DTF printers are cheaper and more sustainable. DTF printing does not require any advanced settings. It helps you achieve one-off designs while eliminating the unnecessary waste associated with unsold inventory. In addition, it requires less space to implement than other printing technologies.


It produces a more durable print than DTG. Typically, DTG prints are known for their almost non-existent and soft feel, as the ink is applied directly to the garment. In contrast, DTF prints tend to be more durable. They are pliable and washable. As a result, they do not flake or crack and are suitable for items that are used frequently.

Wrapping up

Taking advantage of the benefits of DTF printing can add value to your print production efforts. However, depending on the projected demand for DTF prints, you will need to carefully evaluate the pros and cons of producing them in-house versus outsourcing to others. Outsourcing is a viable option when you have a high demand for DTF prints but want to focus on your core niche market. If demand is reasonable and you want to control how DTF goods are produced, in-house printing can be costly.


Moving to a new printing technology is not just about increasing profits. Adapting to new advances in the apparel printing industry allows you to stay ahead of the curve and expand your customer base and product offerings. Be sure to plan ahead before taking any major steps.

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