How Do Newbies Choose the Right DTF Printer?

What Do You Need to Know Before Buying a DTF Printer?

The DTF technology really has only been around since recent years, but it is growing rapidly in almost all around the world.  People are starting to grasp and enter the field of DTF technology in more significant numbers. DTF technology is being used by an increasing number of enterprises, including several big-name machines, to streamline the introduction of new printers.

But after all, DTF is a fresh new technology, you can find a lot of discussions on the applications of DTF on the Internet, but there are few guide books that can systematically answer all your questions.

DTF printers, direct to film printers, use DTF ink to print on PET film first. The printed pattern will be transferred to the clothes with some necessary steps like being processed by hot-melt powder and heat pressing. The fascinating and innovative printing idea makes DTF printers special and charming so that more and more sublimation and DTG printers users are embracing this new printing technology. DTF printers have overcome the limitation of sublimation printers and DTG printers. These two types of printers have one thing in common: they have component restrictions on the substrate. While DTF printers provide long-lasting and durable high-quality printing results and can print on all most all kinds of fabric/leather which sublimation/DTG printers are not capable of.

Different Types of DTF Printers

  • Roll Feeder DTF Printers

The Roller version means that the film is fed to the DTF printer continuously unless the film of each roll is depleted. Roller version DTF printers are divided into large-size ones and small/media size ones. Small and media size DTF printers are suitable for small business owners with limited space and budget, while factory owners and mass producers are more likely to choose large-size DTF printers because they have a greater demand for production and have greater free cash flow.     

  • Sheet Enter/Exit Tray DTF Printers

Single sheet version means that the film is fed to the printer sheet by sheet. And this kind of printer is usually small/media size because a single sheet version DTF printer is not ideal for mass production. Mass production needs to ensure working efficiency with less manual intervention, while single sheet version DTF printer may need manual intervention and more care because the way it feeds film is more likely to cause paper jam.

Three Tips of DTF Technology for Beginners

  • Can DTF Film Be Reused for Another Transfer?

Unfortunately the DTF film cannot be reused for more than once. Please don’t try to do so as there is a coating on the DTF film, the coating on the film has been used up during printing and transfer. So if you try to print on it, the ink will flow off instead of sticking to it. Coating is one of the key factors that determine the ink absorption and final printing effect.

  • Can I Use DTG Ink on DTF Printer If I Used DTG Printer Before?

No. The chemical formulation of DTF inks (which are water-based) is different. They’ve been designed to react with DTF film and powder when heated, resulting in these incredible transfer results. They are also less prone than DTG inks to clog your print head.

  • How to Choose DTF Film Dryer?

First of all, let’s take a look at what type of user you are. If you have a small modified inkjet DTF printer and only use DTF to do some DIY at home, then you can simply shake the powder by hand and dry it in the oven. Although it is necessary to try to adjust the optimal temperature, relatively little investment is required.

But If you want to get better results, or you bought a DTF printer more professional. You may need to choose a DTF film oven, a DTF film dry/DTF film powder shaker that is compatible with your machine. The professional powder shaker shakes the powder more finely, and the heating tube can provide a more stable temperature to ensure that the ink is dried while the film will not roll up due to overheating.

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