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Basic manufacturing process of dtf printer

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Basic manufacturing process

Step 1 – print on film

Load the DTF transfer film into the printer. Set printing to mirror. Ensure correct analysis and resolution in RIP software is used. You can start printing by selecting white as the base. Print layer 1 as CMYK and layer 2 as white.

Steps 2 and 3 – powder and curing

When a powder and curing machine is used, the film will be conveyed by a machine that automatically performs powder and curing.

When the printed matter is wet, sprinkle the adhesive powder evenly on the film, and the excess adhesive powder needs to be carefully removed. Make sure that the powder is evenly distributed over the entire printed surface of the film. A common way to ensure uniform distribution is to fix the film horizontally, and then pour the powder from top to bottom into the middle of the film at a center about 1 inch thick. Pick up the film in a "U" shape, shake the film from left to right, and slowly and evenly spread the adhesive powder on the film surface.


After the powder is evenly spread, put the film in a small oven, or use a hot press to cure the rubber powder by hovering the rubber powder at a gap of about 5mm between the film and the heating plate. For best results, it is strongly recommended that the powder be cured in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications. Depending on the powder and equipment, the heating is usually completed within about 1 minute at a temperature between 160-170 ° C.

Step 4 – preloading (optional)

This optional step includes pre pressing the fabric before transferring the image to the film. Keep the fabric in the hot press and press it at high temperature for about 5-10 seconds to flatten the fabric. Preloading helps to transfer the image from the film to the fabric correctly.

Step 5 – transfer

This step is the most critical step in the DTF printing process. The transfer film with image and cured powder is placed on the fabric in the hot press. The transfer is carried out at a temperature of 160-180 ° C for about 15 seconds. The film is now firmly attached to the fabric.

Step 6 – peel

It is important that the fabric and the currently attached film be cooled before stripping. Therefore, the printed design will be incorporated into the fabric / T-shirt so that you can easily peel off the film.

Step 7 – back pressure (optional)

Back pressure is optional but recommended. It can improve washing and rubbing fastness and other parameters. The back pressing can be completed in about 5 – 10 seconds.

Advantages and disadvantages of DTF printing

Similar to all forms of printing, this section discusses their advantages and disadvantages.


Affirmative opinion

This process is applicable to almost all types of fabrics.

No pretreatment is required when printing on a color T-shirt.

The color of the final product is clearer and brighter.

DTF printing has good stretch tolerance.

DTF printed fabrics have good washing performance.

The underside of the fabric has almost no feel.

 Compared with DTG printing process, DTF printing process is faster and less cumbersome.


Compared with the printing on white T-shirts using DTG process, the final result of fabric printing has a slight rubber feeling.

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