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Direct-to-Film Technology is Shaking Things Up in Digital Textile Printing

The difference between DTF and screen printing.

In the printing industry, direct-to-film technology is having a transformative impact on the apparel decoration space. It provides a simple and affordable garment printing process that facilitates vibrant, dynamic, full-color designs with a durable print. It opens up opportunities for digital print service providers (PSPs) to expand their product offerings in the textile industry, their network of potential customers, and thanks to the versatility of the process, expand the wide range of fabrics they can print on.

Direct-to-Film vs. Screen Printing

Direct-to-film printing is the process of digitally printing directly onto a special transfer film sheet. This is subsequently applied to fabric choices with a hot-melt powder and heated. Once the transfer sheet is cured and dried, it can be heat-pressed onto a variety of fabrics to create premium transferred designs for customized merchandising, sportswear, and an array of other promotional applications for the textile market. Compared with the traditional methods of screen printing, the plate creation required for screen printing is far too time-consuming. Not only this, but the process does not meet direct-to-film’s ability to produce vivid colors and quality details such as shapes, lettering, and motifs often sought after in the promotional and merchandising space for bespoke textiles.

This press release was originally published by Mimaki.

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