Direct-to-Film Printing

Direct-to-Garment printing has met its rival.

While DTG technology works best on cotton pre-treated fabrics, Direct-to-Film printing 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.

Where production meets quality

The Direct to Film (DTF) Printing is changing the custom apparel landscape and opening up new possibilities.

DTF Direct to film

What is Direct-to-Film printing?

Direct-to-Film printing is a method that rivals Direct-to-Garment printing.

With DTF, graphics and artwork are printed onto a special coated PET film. A lightweight adhesive powder is then applied to the back of the image, allowing for the print to be transferred to numerous types of textiles, including 100% cotton, polyester, nylon, and more.

This process gives businesses the ability to skip pre-treatment processes, lower costs of production, and expand their versatility.

Why Choose Direct-to-Film?
  • No Pre-Treatment

  • Crisp, Clean transfers with Zero Cracks

  • No cutting and weeding required

  • Great for many types of surfaces

  • Low cost on waste, low investment–high reward

What is the process?

  • 1. Design

    Create your design using your choice of graphic design software (i.e., photoshop, illustrator, etc)

  • 2. RIP Software

    To print white on top of color, you'll need a RIP. Our color experts can help you find the perfect RIP to combine with your system.

  • 3. Print

    Print your design onto your choice of coated PET film.

STS DTF direct to film printer and shaker
  • 4. Apply

    Apply powder adhesive evenly onto the printed film, and shake off any excess.

  • 5. Bake

    Melt the adhesive onto the film using a heat press, oven, or heated shaker unit.

  • 6. Press

    Press your design onto your substrate. Applicable textiles include cotton, polyester, leather, cardboard, and other flat, rough, and rigid materials.

The STS Direct-To-Film (DTF) Modular System

The Printer (STS VJ-628D)

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.

The Auto TPU Powder Shaker

After the STS DTF printer prints your design, the automatic TPU adhesive powder shaker takes over by evenly spreading, then melting the needed amount of adhesive material directly onto the printed image, saving time, effort, and cost. With a handy vacuum absorption platform and infrared heat drying, you are assured a smooth result every time.
STS DTF direct to film automatic TPU heater shaker
STS DTF direct to film transfer film curing oven

Transfer Film Curing Oven

The 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. 

TPU White Powder

Formulated to use during DTG Transfer (DTF), TPU adhesive powder is crucial for this new technology, and has excellent bonding and flexibility properties with STS DTF inks. 

Cover your DTG transfer media with this powder to allow for optimal press. Usable on 100% cotton, nylon, polyester, and more. 

DTF Transfer Film

Coated PET Film

STS coated PET film are available in sheets and in rolls. This single-sided coated film provides better printer roller traction with minimal static, allowing for a great printed image without background artifacts. 

Request More Info

Fill out our contact form for more information about the STS Direct-To-Film printers, to book a live demo, or send us a request to view a sample.