What Is Direct To Film: Process, Advantages, and ROI Analysis

What Is Direct To Film: Process, Advantages, and ROI Analysis

Direct-to-film (DTF). You’ve likely come across this term in recent years or seen advertisements promoting it.

But, you never got around to it… (until now that is)!

Keep this page open, and you’ll find out what direct-to-film is, how it sets itself apart from traditional printing methods, and why you’d want to make the switch to it.

So with that being said, let’s jump right in.

What Is Direct To Film Printing?

Let’s lay down the groundwork first before we get into the nitty-gritty.

To answer the question, what is DTF printing, let’s put it next to something you’re already familiar with — white toner printing.

That way you will better understand what DTF is, and how it’s different.

Begin by watching the video below, and then please keep reading to further cement your understanding of DTF.

Typical DTF Printing Process:

DTF printing involves the transfer of designs from a specially printed film onto fabric using a heat press. Here’s a brief overview of the process:

1. Design Creation: Digital designs are created using graphic design software.

2. Printing onto Film: The designs are printed onto a special film using a DTF printer equipped with specialized inks.

3. Film Preparation: Additional steps may include applying adhesive or powder to enhance adhesion to the fabric.

4. Transfer to Fabric: The film is placed onto the fabric, and heat and pressure from a heat press transfer the design onto the fabric.

5. Peeling and Finishing: After transfer, the film is peeled away, leaving the printed design on the fabric.

Okay, now that you have a general idea of how DTF printing works, we can go through its advantages.

Advantages of DTF Printing:

What are the advantages of DTF over traditional printing methods? Well, let’s just go through and look at them!

  • Ability to print vibrant, full-color designs onto various fabrics including cotton, polyester, and blends.

  • High-resolution printing with fine details, suitable for intricate designs.

  • Cost-effectiveness for small to large-sized production runs compared to other methods like screen printing or DTG.

  • Versatility in handling various fabric types without relying solely on polyester blends, unlike sublimation printing.

But, of course, there is more to DTF than just that! There are other advantages to owning a DTF printer, such as, for example, why you’re probably all here—the money-making aspect that the printer brings.

ROI Analysis of DTF Printing:

Let’s take a minute to talk about the numbers.

The return on investment (ROI) of DTF printing can be evaluated based on factors such as initial equipment and material costs, production efficiency, and market demand.

While the initial investment in DTF printing equipment and materials may be higher compared to some traditional methods, the cost-effectiveness of DTF printing for small to medium-sized production runs and its ability to cater to diverse fabric types can contribute to long-term profitability.

Here, watch this clip below! We’ll walk you through a real-world project, closely tracking the costs involved in making it happen and exploring our profits.

DTF Printing Compared To Other Print Methods

How about we compare DTF head-to-head with other printing methods? That way, we can form a more complete understanding of its strengths and see how it measures up against other traditional printing methods.

For a full understanding of direct-to-film vs. screen printing, take a look at THIS article.

For a full understanding of direct-to-film vs. DTG, take a look at THIS article.

For a full understanding of direct-to-film vs. sublimation, take a look at THIS article.

How Much Does DTF Printing Cost?

Okay, you’ve decided to buy yourself a new DTF printer. But, how much is that going to cost you? What kind of numbers are we talking about here?

Well, it really depends on your preferences and how you want to make the purchase. If you’re not keen on spending a lump sum upfront to pay off the printer, you do have the option of financing.

Our entry-level 12H2 from the DTF lineup is available for just around $414 per month, as of this writing. Alternatively, if you prefer to pay upfront, the total for the printer would be somewhere around $14,995.

Now, we’ve extended this convenient payment plan to our other models in the DTF lineup – both the 24H2 and 24H4! Here are your options: you can finance the 24H2 for as little as $552 per month (or thereabouts), or opt for a one-time payment of around $19,995.

The biggest sibling in our lineup, the 24H4, comes with a price tag of $29,995, give or take. However, if you prefer a more manageable monthly payment, it can be yours for around about $828 per month.

That said, if you want to dig a little deeper into the numbers, we recommend you read this article: How Much Does DTF Printing Cost? Comparing DTF Printing to Other Methods

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