How Are Garments Printed With UVDTF Decals?

UVDTF decals are stickers used for the direct-to-film transfer printing process. DTF is the latest and the best technology available for printing garments and the printers are looking for new ways to keep their designs vibrant. Their objective is to print designs that look new forever and last for the lifetime of the garments.

Let’s understand how direct-to-film process provides fine prints

DTF is the only technique available that can print any fabric. Also, the results achieved are of excellent quality. The results are eye-popping designs that remain vibrant for a long time. It is surprising to know that even detergents and hot irons fail to damage the DTF designs. It is possible only because of the latest technology and quality material.

DTF employs PTE paper

The design is first printed on a PTE paper of at least 0.75mm thickness. The paper works as a transfer sheet because it transfers the design onto a substrate or fabric. Since it can print any fabric, you are free to choose your textile material and colors. Also, you can print anything from a tiny logo to a big picture.

The DTF process is centered on the heat and press method. The PTE paper is first heated to the ink on the paper melts and the paper is pressed against the fabric to be printed. The melted ink is transferred to the fabric. Also, the process makes sure that the entire design is transferred in a hassle-free manner. But the process doesn’t end here. A DTF laminator is used to seal the design.

Why is the design laminated?

Once a piece of garment is printed with a design, it is sent for lamination to seal the design permanently. The lamination work involves covering the design with a protective layer to improve its longevity. Also, the process improves the quality of the design. The protective layer makes the design shine in light. It looks more beautiful and vibrant.

Machines used in DTF

Everyone knows that a DTF printer involves heat and press method but it also involves a shaker to spread a specific adhesive powder on the garment. Also, it involves a conveyor dryer to treat the PTE film. It is a lengthy process but it is worth a price.

More tools are needed for printhead cleaning. It is a manual process necessary for the smooth flow of ink from the printer to the film. The process also clears the air trapped in the nozzle hole.