‘Ink Experts DTF’ direct to film PET film is designed to work with our Ink Experts DTF inks and powder to offer superb results on a range of materials (cotton, polyester, polycotton, denim etc) and colours.
The double matte coated printable surface allows for excellent ink application and retention to the surface.
‘Ink Experts DTF’ PET film is a warm peel film allowing for quicker processing times – the film can be peeled following first heat press after a recommending 90 second cooling period.
After peeling the transfer should be pressed for a second time using Ink Experts DTF finishing sheets.
Recommended heat pressing method:
- Heat press at 160c (Celsius) for 30 seconds
- Allow to cool for 90 seconds
- Peel the Ink Experts DTF PET film to reveal the transfer
- Apply a Ink Experts DTF finishing sheet over the transfer
- Heat press again at 160c (Celsius) for 10 seconds to finish
Available in a range of sizes:
- A4 (297 x 210mm)
- A3 (420 x 297mm)
- 33cm x 100m Roll
- 60cm x 100m Roll
Direct to Film (DTF) printing requires a specific / dedicated printer, DTF inks, DTF powder, PET film and RIP software.
- DTF Printer – commonly a DTF printer is produced by converting a standard Epson inkjet printer. Original Equipment Manufacture (OEM) printers are also available but these are extremely costly. A converted printer offers a much cheaper method of entering the DTF printing market.
- DTF Ink – direct to film inks are specific for the printing method. They are opaque pigment based inks available in cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white. These inks are designed to print on to PET film media and offer excellent water and wash resistance.
- PET Film Media – direct to film printers print on to a film media as the name suggests. PET film media is made from a form of plastic known as Polyethylene Terephthalate. The media has a matte coating applied gto one side to allow the inks to be printed onto the film sheet.
- DTF Adhesion Powder – a polymer powder is applied to the printed PET film sheet. The ink remains wet following printing. The powder adheres to the wet ink and any areas of the PET film which has had ink applied. The powder is then melted / cured using a heat source such as a convection oven, heat press or heat gun. We recommend using a heat gun.
- RIP Software – RIP software such as Acrorip is required to allow the printer to print in full colour with a white ink backing. RIP software is essential for DTF printing. We recommend Acrorip due to its simple user interface and setup.