‘Ink Experts DTF’ direct to film finishing sheets.
A greaseproof paper sheet designed for applying to peeled DTF transfer prints when pressing for the second / final time.
A DTF transfer print is initially pressed to a garment at 160c (Celsius) for 30 seconds. After allowing to cool for 90 seconds the PET film media is peeled to leave the transferred image on the garment. The transfer image is then pressed for a second time covered by a finishing sheet at 160c (Celsius) for 10 seconds to complete the transfer process.
Available in a two sizes:
- Oversized A4 (350 x 225mm)
- Oversized A3 (450 x 350mm
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.