Direct to Film printing is a method that rivals Direct to Garment printing (DTG) and allows users to print their logos and/or artwork onto a special type of coated PET film. This film is then used to transfer the printed image onto textiles using a lightweight powder adhesive that can be applied manually or by using an automatic powder shaker to distribute the adhesive evenly across the artwork and film, and with this added step, the transfer process is made possible. STS Inks has everything you need to get started.
This coated PET film is manufactured to handle the high temperatures and pressures used from a heat press. Our high-quality printable film works with any desktop or large format DTF printer and is available from STS Inks.
Having the correct adhesive powder can make all the difference in this process. STS inks has such powders, and you’ll be pleased with their results. Our powders can withstand up to 40+ washes with great coverage and a high-level transfer rate. And keep in mind, any excess powder can always be reused for the next transfer to get the most out of your investment.
When it comes to printing inks, STS leads the way with its vast array of high-quality ink types. That’s why you’re guaranteed STS DTF ink has been specially formulated for this process and is made in the US where rigorous quality testing is the norm. For over twenty years, STS Inks has provided its customers with the American made quality they’ve come to expect, and DTF inks are no exception.
The DTF Process
Create your design using your choice of graphic design software (i.e., photoshop, illustrator, etc)
You’ll need a RIP to print white on top of color.
Print your design onto your choice of coated PET film.
Apply powder adhesive evenly onto the printed film. If performing manually shake off any excess, or if using a powder shaker simply follow unit instructions.
Melt the adhesive onto the film using a heat press, oven, or heated shaker unit. Ensure even heat throughout at a temperature of 300-325 F.
Press your design onto a substrate. Applicable on cotton, polyester, leather, cardboard, and other flat, rough, and rigid materials.
What sets DTF apart from other transfers?
- No cutting and weeding required
- Crisp, defined edges and images from start to finish
- No advanced technical printing knowledge required
- A great option for small orders
- Low cost on waste
- Low investment – high reward
Works on Most any Fabrics
DTG technology works best on cotton pre-treated fabrics while DTF opens the door to a wide range of choices and is capable of printing onto non-treated cotton, silk, polyester, denim, nylon, leather, 50/50 blends, and more. It works equally well on white and dark textiles.
STS Introduces its DTF Modular System
At just 24 inches wide, the STS VJ-628D fits into any size print shop. And because it’s powered by STS Inks, you can easily and quickly create custom t-shirts and apparel. This Japanese made compact printer even fits onto a table or optional rolling stand for your use. With a low price point and perfect size, the STS 628D is the best option for anyone entering the custom apparel marketplace or wanting to expand their product line.
- Made in Japan
- Powered by STS DTF Inks
- Up to six color slots
- Small footprint, tabletop or use with optional stand
- Automatic sheet off function
- SAI/White RIP STS – DTF
- Easy installation
- One-year limited warranty
The Auto TPU Powder Shaker
After the STS VJ-628D prints your design, our Automatic TPU Adhesive Powder Shaker takes over by evenly spreading, then melting the needed amount of adhesive material directly onto your printed image, saving time, effort, and cost. Three resources you need to conserve to run a profitable business. Also, with a handy vacuum absorption platform and infrared heat drying, you are assured a smooth result every time.
STS Transfer Film Curing Oven
STS Curing Oven has a digital control unit that is easy to set and allows precise settings of temperature and time for consistent results. A fusing process is started at the touch of a button. After the set time has elapsed, an acoustic signal sounds alerting you to remove the transfer film.
DTF Inks from STS
- High color density, wide color gamut, outstanding color saturation
- Print head safe encapsulated resin + nano pigment
- Great wash fastness
- Excellent performance
- Non-toxic and environmentally friendly
- Consistent color from batch to batch
- Manufactured in the USA
- Available in CMYK and White (Ask about our other color options)
DTF Transfer Film from STS
STS coated PET Film are available in sheets and rolls. This single-sided coated film provides better printer roller traction with minimal static allowing for a great printed image without background artifacts.
Sizes available A3+ (13×19”), A4 (8.3×11”) cut sheets and 24×100-meter rolls.
TPU White Powder From STS
Polyurethane hot-melt adhesive powder has excellent bonding and flexibility properties with STS DTF inks. It has a softening point of 70-80 um (particle size). Transfer time is 15-20 seconds at 300-325 F with low melting point (225 degrees F), sold in 1-gallon bottles (2.02kg).