‘Ink Experts DTF’ direct to film powder, also known as a hot melt adhesive has been specifically formulated for direct to film printing.
Our DTF powder offers:
- Excellent adherence
- Fantastic elasticity of the printed garment
- Soft surface feel
- Great wash resistance
- Superb application to ink
This powder can be applied using a scoop or spoon for even application. Then cured using a heat press, curing oven or a heat gun. We find a heat gun to offer the most efficient curing method as it more controlled and the powder can be visually inspected during the curing process.
DTF powder is EN71-3 certified; safe for use on children’s clothing and toys.
Supplied in a secure, air tight pouch to ensure safe transport and storage. Use a required and reseal to avoid moisture from the air.
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.