The Difference Between Direct To Film Printer And Traditional Screen Printing

Retailers in the clothing printing industry no longer need to invest a lot of money in high-definition digital printers to print exciting patterns and prints on fabrics. Direct film forming (DTF) printing has completely changed the working mode of garment printing business.

There are two types of printers in the garment printing industry, namely, traditional screen printers and digital printers. Although the traditional screen printer seems to be more economical than the digital printer, the digital printer provides a series of general functions and better effects.

What Is Direct To Film Printing?

The direct to film printer allows the user to print the desired design on the film and then transfer it from the film to the fabric using a hot press and adhesive. The printer has high quality and durable printing effect. The use of high-quality inks is essential to prevent swelling and clogging. The quality of the film used is also an important consideration.

DTF Printer And Traditional Screen Printer

By definition, DTF printing does not belong to digital printing. However, the printer combines traditional printers, inkjet printers and digital printers to provide detailed high graphics printing.

DTF is much faster than silk screen printing, with many colors and smaller order

Screen printing takes more time than DTF printing. Each layer of color is applied separately. You must also take reasonable care to ensure that the printed effect is exactly the same as you want. If you make a mistake, you may have to start with a shape or design. DTF printing is faster and smoother. The time taken will vary depending on the size of the print and the amount of detail required. It only takes a little time for the printer to transfer the design to the film.

Screen Printing Requires Messy Ink And A Lot Of Detergent And Screen.

Screen printers have restrictions related to the use of colors. Colors are applied one by one, which may look slightly different on the fabric. DTF printer can print all colors and color combinations, because the printing process is mainly digital. When printing with DTF printer, there will be no color change or design change. The use of high-quality components such as inks, adhesives, and films ensures high print quality.

The accuracy and precision of the screen printing machine also depend on the skills of the person in the printing work. Traditional templates are used to color fabrics. If the design involves curves or turns, the person printing the design must turn the template in the right direction and angle to achieve the desired results.

DTF printing requires little manual work. Your role in printing is limited to assembling the required components and ingredients, and using a hot press to transfer the printing to the fabric. The printer will accurately print the design onto the film.