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How to start DTF printing business? Things you may need to know (prepare list)
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How to start DTF printing business? Things you may need to know (prepare list)

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(Summary description)We often receive emails from customers about how to start a DTF business, and the fact is that in the past year, more and more people who want to enter the printing industry have chosen DTF as the entry point. In this article, we will give DTF starters some introduce and guide to help you quickly build a business.

How to start DTF printing business? Things you may need to know (prepare list)

(Summary description)We often receive emails from customers about how to start a DTF business, and the fact is that in the past year, more and more people who want to enter the printing industry have chosen DTF as the entry point. In this article, we will give DTF starters some introduce and guide to help you quickly build a business.

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We often receive emails from customers about how to start a DTF business, and the fact is that in the past year, more and more people who want to enter the printing industry have chosen DTF as the entry point. In this article, we will give DTF starters some introduce and guide to help you quickly build a business.

 

What is DTF printing?

 

DTF printing, DTF stands for direct to film. The DTF printing process is printing a full-color design and white ink directly onto the PET transfer film, then applying a adhesive powder and curing the adhesive to create a ready-to-press transfer layer, then can be applied to another surface such as shirts, jeans, canvas bags, caps, etc.

 

DTF printing has been around for some years, but the process never made it into mass applications. Due to developments and researches these days, DTF heat transfer can now be printed and processed much more conveniently and securely, and has grown immensely as a popular way over the past year for garment printing, especially t-shirts. Even some well-known brands have started to develop DTF printing projects.

 

 

Why choose DTF printing to start?

 

Many printing starters and owners of small businesses choose DTF as a starting point. DTF printing is very easy to set up and a technology easy to learn: you just need to print and then transfer it to the garment, you don’t have to do pretreatments, you don’t need to cut, to weed, and the printed design is prefect. This may save more time compared to heat transfer vinyl or DTG.

 

DTF VS DTG

 

For those who own a DTG machine, you know it's an excellent solution for printing color designs, especially for on-demand orders. DTG is perfect for short-term needs and has opened the door for screen printers to take on more print jobs. However, DTG has some limitations, with preprocessing at the top of the list. Then how to choose DTF or DTG?

 

DTF

  • No need pretreatment: you can apply directly the printed film onto garment with DTF adhesive powder
  • Any type of fabric: DTF can be applied to wider amounts of garments (Cotton, Polyester, Nylon, Spandex, leather, blends, both light and dark fabrics) while DTG can only be printed on cotton,
  • Cost-effective, low investment risk: DTF printers are usually cheaper than DTG printers and are more friendly to small business owners; and the combination of ink and DTF powder can effectively reduce the cost of consumables. On the whole, the investment risk is lower and the return is faster.
  • More application: You can transfer DTF film to a variety of products, not just T-shirts. Such as uneven surfaces such as caps, shoes, and even umbrellas, wooden boards, cups, etc.

 

DTG

  • Pretreatment needed: This step is necessary before printing because we will be working directly on the fabric
  • Printing on cotton: With this type of printing, we can only print on cotton garments.
  • Higher hand feel: you will get a softer hand felt shirt cos the ink is printed directly into the garment
  • More cost of investment: A good DTG printer usually costs hundreds of thousands of dollars, not including the cost of consumables, which is difficult for small business owners to achieve in the early stage.

 

And DTF and DTG won’t replace screenprinting for much larger simple color runs, but the trend keeps showing more and more screenprinters are switching to either of these print methods to meet the growing demand on t-shirts.

 

 

How to prepare to start DTF business?

 

There is minimal file preparation and, other than the DTF software that's included the printer, no other software is needed. The DTF software prefers PNG files. Unlike White Toner printing you do not need to rasterize the design before printing. Hanrun DTF printer can use Photoprint or Maintop. And the good news is that if you have a DTG background, you will find the transition simple and easy, there is not much you need to learn extra.

 

It's important to keep in mind that Hanrun Paper DTF printer does not include any ink, film, or powder - all essentials you'll need to get started DTF printing. Below I'll list the essentials you need for DTF printing so you can find what else you're missing:

 

List For Start A DTF Business

 

 

DTF Printer: We provides desktop DTF printer of A3/12” size, 60cm/24”, 120cm/48” to meet different requirements.

DTF Inks(CMYK+W): CMYK+W for basic color need, and we provide fluorescent color scheme and gradient color scheme as well.

DTF PET Film: You can choose DTF film with glossy/matte/glitter effect, with hot peel or cold peel.

DTF Adhesive Powder: Necessary for DTF printing.

Shaking&Drying Oven: Help you apply the powder and dry the film quickly and professionally.

Air filter: Keep the working environment clear.

 


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