Direct to film (DTF) printing is a similar process to direct to garment (DTG) printing. The key difference is that, rather than printing directly onto garments, DTF uses water-based ink to print a film transfer.
DTF printing requires similar maintenance to DTG, but not as often. The best form of maintenance is regular printing. If you print every 2 days, all you will need to do is shake the ink and run an automatic printhead clean before printing.
No, DTF printing requires special DTF ink. Printing with DTG ink on DTF film will make the ink run and mix with white and CMYK.
Yes, you can print shirts on your DTG printer using DTF ink. It won't work as well as specialised DTG ink. You will still need to pre-treat your garments.
Washability is fine providing you use quality powder and following correct application procedures. 40°C washing temperature is recommended.
The feel would depend on the type of powder you are using and the thickness of your ink layer. More ink will absorb more powder and make the overall result feel thicker.
It will clog up just like a DTG or a regular inkjet printer. If you plan on leaving your printer off for a few weeks or months, you will need to flush the lines, clean your printhead and leave it soaking in cleaning solution.
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