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How To Use DTF

Direct to film (DTF) printing is rapidly becoming a popular option for companies looking to grow their decorated clothing business. Take a look at our guide to this exciting new technology below...

1. Once your design is finalised, export it as a PNG. Open the design in Epson Garment Creator, mirror the image and select our DTF dark garment profile. Load a sheet of Xpres DTF film matt side up onto the Epson F-2100 platen and secure in place with removable tape to hold the sheet in place during printing. Now the image can be sent to print.

 

2. Once the print is complete, carefully remove from the platen. Whilst the ink is still wet, you must apply the Xpres DTHotmelt powder. There are different methods of doing this, however we recommend using our powder tray. Fill the tray with an ample amount of powder and bring to one end. Place the sheet of film with the wet print face up in the tray and gently shake the powder in the box to generously cover the design.

 

3. Once the print is covered, lift the film out of the box and shake away any excess Hotmelt powder. We also recommend that you flick the film on the back (dry side) to remove any remaining powder.

 

4. The next stage is to cure the hotmelt powder and print. To do this, we either recommend using the Xpres DTF curing unit or the Schulze KN-800 tunnel dryer. Both units provide all round heat which is required for the best, most durable results. When the powder is melted correctly it will have a glossy orange peel appearance. Once cured, carefully remove the sheet from the curing unit/dryer.

 

5. To apply the transfer to the garment, place your garment on the heat press platen and position with the hotmelt face down on the garment. Cover with a silicone sheet, press and peel. Once this is done, a second press may be required to aid durability.

 

6. Now the print is complete.

 

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SKU: XPDTF

1. Once your design is finalised, export it as a PNG. Open the design in Epson Garment Creator, mirror the image and select our DTF dark garment profile. Load a sheet of Xpres DTF film matt side up onto the Epson F-2100 platen and secure in place with removable tape to hold the sheet in place during printing. Now the image can be sent to print.

 

2. Once the print is complete, carefully remove from the platen. Whilst the ink is still wet, you must apply the Xpres DTHotmelt powder. There are different methods of doing this, however we recommend using our powder tray. Fill the tray with an ample amount of powder and bring to one end. Place the sheet of film with the wet print face up in the tray and gently shake the powder in the box to generously cover the design.

 

3. Once the print is covered, lift the film out of the box and shake away any excess Hotmelt powder. We also recommend that you flick the film on the back (dry side) to remove any remaining powder.

 

4. The next stage is to cure the hotmelt powder and print. To do this, we either recommend using the Xpres DTF curing unit or the Schulze KN-800 tunnel dryer. Both units provide all round heat which is required for the best, most durable results. When the powder is melted correctly it will have a glossy orange peel appearance. Once cured, carefully remove the sheet from the curing unit/dryer.

 

5. To apply the transfer to the garment, place your garment on the heat press platen and position with the hotmelt face down on the garment. Cover with a silicone sheet, press and peel. Once this is done, a second press may be required to aid durability.

 

6. Now the print is complete.

 

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