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What is it for? Direct to Film (DTF) printer + shaker packages are comprehensive solutions for garment printing. They integrate a DTF printer for transferring designs onto special films and a shaker for applying adhesive powders onto the printed films, facilitating vibrant and durable prints on textiles.

  • Why is it important?
    • Enables direct printing of intricate designs and full-color graphics onto various fabrics like cotton, polyester, and blends.
    • Enhances production efficiency by streamlining the process from design to final print, reducing turnaround times.
    • Offers versatility in customization and allows for on-demand printing of small to medium-sized batches.

How does it work? The DTF process involves several stages:

  • Design Preparation: Designs are created or imported into DTF software and prepared for printing.

  • Printing on Film: Using a DTF printer, designs are printed onto a special film using vibrant and durable inks.

  • Shaker Application: A shaker is used to evenly apply adhesive powders onto the printed films, ensuring proper adhesion during transfer.

  • The DTF printer ensures precise ink deposition onto the film, capturing intricate details and vibrant colors.

  • The shaker evenly distributes adhesive powders, optimizing the adhesion of designs onto textiles during the heat press transfer.

What are the benefits?

  • High Print Quality: Achieves vibrant colors and sharp details, comparable to direct printing methods.
  • Versatility: Suitable for various fabric types and allows for complex designs with fine details.
  • Efficiency: Reduces production time and material waste compared to traditional printing methods.

What are the common issues and how can you fix them?

  • Adhesive Application Issues: Ensure the shaker is calibrated correctly to evenly distribute adhesive powders.
  • Ink Compatibility: Verify compatibility between ink types and fabrics to prevent color bleeding or poor adhesion.
  • Equipment Maintenance: Regularly clean and maintain the DTF printer and shaker to avoid malfunctions.

What are some of the best practices and common mistakes?

  • Best Practices:
    • Calibrate the shaker regularly to maintain consistent powder application.
    • Test ink and powder combinations on sample fabrics to ensure optimal print quality.
    • Train operators on proper equipment operation and maintenance.
  • Common Mistakes:
    • Neglecting to adjust shaker settings, leading to uneven powder application.
    • Using incompatible inks or powders, resulting in poor adhesion or color fidelity.
    • Skipping routine maintenance, causing equipment downtime and reduced efficiency.