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Direct To Film Kit

Get started with DTF using your DTG printer

Ecofreen DTF Powder

Use Any Direct to Garment Printer!

No Pre-Treatment Needed

What you need to get started:

Epson SC-F2160

A good quality DTG Printer with White Ink 

Utilising any excess capacity in your DTG printer to print DTF transfers is the perfect way to maximise your return on investment in your printer and to expand your decoration capabilities beyond the typical limitations of DTG printers.  Check out the Epson SureColor F2160 DTG printer for consistent, reliable DTG and DTF prints.

Epson Garment Creator RIP software

Flexible DTG RIP software

You’ll need to be able to reverse the normal DTG layering of ink – instead of white ink first, then colour on top, you’ll need to be able to print the colour layer to the film first, then the white ink on top of that.  You’ll also need to be able to reduce the amount of ink to be printed – film is not absorbent like fabric is, so far less ink is required – typically up to 50% less white ink.  As long as your software can do this, and reverse the layer order for your print, or allows you to choose to print two seperate jobs (colour first, then white), you’ll be able to print Direct to Film.  Don’t forget that you’ll also need to mirror / flip your image before printing!

Humidity & Temperature control

If you are already running a Direct to Garment (DTG) Printer, you’ll likely have this in place.  Correct humidity levels are essential for successful DTF – the powdered TPU glue in particular requires relatively low humidity for optimal application.

Ecofreen DTF Powder

Quality DTF Transfer Film

Beware: Not all films are created equal!  

DTF Films are coated with an emulsion which is receptive to inks (similar in concept to pretreatment for DTG printing) and which helps to mitigate colour and white ink bleeding or running when printing.  In short, it needs to hold the ink before it is transferred, and then release it nicely during the transfer process.  A fine, smooth, even coating of emulsion is essential for good, solid colour of the final print.

Ecofreen DTF Powder

DTF TPU Glue Powder

Ever wondered why DTF TPU glue powder is almost always packed in coffee ground type air-tight, resealable packaging? It’s for the same basic reason as coffee is – to keep it fresh and dry. 

DTF powdered glue should be dry (keep out of humidity) and of a small, consistent “ground” to provide the smoothest and most even coating of glue for your printed DTF image to adhere to the final product.

ST4050A Hydraulic, Programmable Heat Press

DTF Oven / Heat Press

After the printed film has had the powdered glue applied to it, the film should be placed in a DTF oven OR under a hovering heat press until the powdered glue is melted and the inks are cured.  

A heat press is also a necessity to press the final resulting transfer decal on to the garment (pressure is required for this part of the process, a tunnel oven will not work).

The ideal heat press will allow you to set multiple “programs” or presets of time, temperature and pressure so that you can easily prepare your press for the different variables associated with curing of DTG Pretreat, DTG ink, DTF powder or for pressing final DTF transfers.  The ST-4050A heat press with auto release, hydraulic pressure settings and 6 available programs is the perfect partner for your DTG / DTF business.

Payment Info

We offer several payment options at checkout, for your convenience:

Bank details for direct deposit / bank transfer will be provided at time of checkout, and also in the order confirmation email that is generated when your online order is received.

Those details are:

Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Account Number:  219562
BSB: 032-111

If making payment by direct deposit / bank transfer, be sure to use your order ID as the payment reference and to email a copy of the bank receipt confirming payment to orders@dtgsolutions.com.au.  If the email confirmation of payment is not received, your order will ship only when funds have cleared to our bank account.

Shipping Info

Please note that Couriers Please and Aramex collect the day following the day that booking is made. Most other courier options require booking before 11am for same day collection.

We cannot ship to PO boxes using courier services. Please select one of the Australia Post (Express Post or Parcel Post) options if you wish to ship to a PO Box.

How Quickly will I Receive my order?

We do our best to pack your order ready for shipping on the same (business) day once payment has been accepted. This is subject to stock availability, public holidays and weekends. Due to courier booking cut-off times, orders with a Courier shipping option received after 10am on any business day will generally be dispatched the following business day.

Orders for Couriers Please or Aramex shipping will be packed & booked on the same business day as the order is received (or next business day if received out of hours), however these carriers will not collect the parcel(s) until the business day following the booking day.  Please factor this in when evaluating transit times.

Express Post or Regular Parcel Post shipping orders received by 2pm will generally be dispatched same (business) day.

Courier options (eg Couriers Please, Startrack, TNT etc) are generally a 1-2 day service to most capital cities and major regional locations within Australia, however shipments to more minor regional areas will require additional transit time.

Which Shipping Service should I Choose?

You will be able to select from various shipping options during Checkout (before you finalise your order).

Please ensure you refer to the freight calculator to understand the cost for delivery to your postcode at Checkout.

Courier services denoted with ATL are “authority to leave” services – which means that if you select one of these shipping methods, you elect to have goods left without signature, and you accept liability of your purchased items being left at your delivery address door. It’s recommended that you consider where you will be during business hours, to ensure you put down a relevant delivery address if you have selected a Courier option. For example, if you are working, we recommend you have your order delivered to work where you can sign for receipt of delivery.

NOTE: we cannot ship to PO boxes using courier services. Please select one of the Australia Post (Express Post or Parcel Post) options if you wish to ship to a PO Box.

Parcel Post and Express Post services are provided by Australia Post.

Courier services denoted as B2B are for delivery to a Commercial address ONLY.  Even if you conduct a business from your home or another residential address, this is NOT considered to be a Commercial address by the shipping companies, and additional charges may apply if you select this type of service incorrectly.

What if I Don't Receive my Order?

We do our absolute best to ensure that your goods are delivered to you as quickly as possible, but sometimes things do go wrong and the couriers might let us down. We hope you understand that once the goods have been collected by the couriers or lodged with the Post Office, we have no control over the parcel’s trip to you. We will, of course, help with tracking and follow up with the courier company if needed.

Of course, should it become evident after full investigation that the parcel is lost with little hope of recovery, we will replace the order.