The transfer process of DTF (Direct to Film) printing involves several steps. Here’s a general overview of how the DTF transfer process works:
Design Preparation: The first step is to prepare the desired design digitally. This can be done using graphic design software or specialized DTF printing software. Adjustments, resizing, and editing can be made at this stage.
Printing onto Transfer Film: The prepared design is printed directly onto a special transfer film using a DTF printer. The printer applies the ink onto the film, creating a mirrored image of the design. Multiple colors can be printed layer by layer.
Application of Adhesive Powder: Once the design is printed, an adhesive powder is applied to the entire surface of the printed design on the transfer film. The adhesive powder adheres to the ink, creating a sticky surface.
Curing the Adhesive Powder: The transfer film is then passed through a heat press or curing unit, where the adhesive powder is melted and cured. This ensures that it forms a strong bond with the ink.
Transfer onto Substrate: The cured transfer film is placed onto the desired substrate, such as a fabric or garment. Heat and pressure are applied using a heat press machine to transfer the design from the film onto the substrate.
Peeling and Finishing: After the heat and pressure application, the transfer film is peeled off, leaving the printed design on the substrate. The design should adhere firmly to the substrate, resulting in a vibrant and durable print.
It’s important to note that the specific steps and equipment used in the DTF transfer process may vary depending on the manufacturer and model of the DTF printer. Additionally, the curing temperature and time, as well as the recommended washing instructions, may vary based on the specific ink and transfer film being used. It’s always advisable to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the best results.