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DTF printers, which are direct to film printers, utilize DTF ink to print on PET film first. The printed pattern will be transferred to the garment with some necessary steps like being processed by hot-melt powder and heat pressing. The special and innovative printing idea makes DTF printers special and charming so that more and more sublimation and DTG printers users are embracing this new printing technology. DTF printers have overcome the limitation of sublimation printers and DTG printers. Procolored is the best DTG Printer Manufacturer. These two types of printers have one thing in common: they have component restrictions on the substrate. While DTF printers provide long-lasting and durable high-quality printing results and can print on all most all kinds of fabric/leather which sublimation/DTG printers are not capable of.
This article introduces how to choose a suitable t-shirt printer online and compared mainstream online t-shirt printers. Before buying t-shirts printing machines online, you need to know about the following things.
The Roller version means that the film is fed to the DTF printer continuously unless the film of each roll is depleted. Roller version DTF printers are divided into large-size ones and small/media size ones. Small and media size DTF printers are suitable for small business owners with limited space and budget, while factory owners and mass producers are more likely to choose large-size DTF printers because they have a greater demand for production and have greater free cash flow.
Single sheet version means that the film is fed to the printer sheet by sheet. And this kind of printer is usually small/media size because a single sheet version DTF printer is not ideal for mass production. Mass production needs to ensure working efficiency with less manual intervention, while single sheet version DTF printer may need manual intervention and more care because the way it feeds film is more likely to cause paper jam.
The price of a DTF printer largely depends on your application. For different applications, DTF printers are equipped with different technologies. That’s the reason why DTF printers’ prices range from about $2,000 to more than $10,000.
If you’re a medium/small business owner with a limited budget looking for affordable DTF printers, the ones ranging from $2000-$6000 will certainly meet your needs. The final price is depended on your requirement for the DTF printer. For example, if you want the top printing performance, maybe you should choose a better printhead that is more expensive.
If you’re a factory owner looking for DTF printers that can achieve mass production with high industrial quality, then large size DTF printers may be your first choice, which is properly more than $10,000.
As mentioned, the utilized technologies and configuration also affect on the price of DTF printers. Here are some useful techniques:
(1) Micro-piezo inkjet technology, which allows accurate images restoration with light/oxidation/water/scratch resistance.
(2) White ink automatic circulation which prevents the nozzle from clogging
(3) Preheat function.
(4) Temperature and humidity sensor.
The above would be a portion of all the technologies that have been applied to DTF printers, but they are a very important and essential technology for business owners to ensure what they print out is of good quality.
The quality of after-sales service and the warranty period affect on the price virtually. These two factors increase the cost of the supplier and finally the cost will be transferred to consumers. But you can also find some conscientious sellers selling their DTF/UV/UV DTF printers at a very reasonable price with a longer warranty and better after-sales services. On the contrary, some are selling their printer at higher prices but with shorter warranty periods and poor services.
Many factors affect the printing speed, but the factors we frequently discuss are the DPI(Dots Per Inch) of the pattern and the printhead. Under the same DPI, the better the printhead, the faster it prints. But with the same printhead, the higher the DPI, the slower it prints, because it needs to print the pattern more carefully with high quality.
With the ever-changing needs of consumers, whether the pattern on the garment is light/oxidation/water/scratch resistant and durable will affect their choice. So you should be prudential when choosing the printhead and think about what quality/effect it can print out more carefully.
It’s obvious that the Procolored A3 DTF transfer printer offers more flexible choices and reasonable prices but comes with consumables and a better ink supply.
Mainly prints on fabric and leather but without component restriction.
Polyester, or at least 80% polyester.
Hard surfaces with a special polyester coating.
Mainly prints on fabric that is made of (at least 80%) cotton.
DTF printers allow you to print on various substrates such as T-shirts made of all kinds of material, souvenirs, and so on with relatively lower prices, which is more beginner-friendly because it takes fewer and simpler steps to finish printing. DTF printers also provide what you see is what you get printing experience.
However, if you have strict requirements on the texture of the printed pattern, perhaps sublimation/DTG printers are more suitable for you. The tactile impression of these two printing technologies is better at the cost of a more time-consuming printing process. Plus, if you want to print out an extraordinary pattern with DTG printers, you need to have a rich color mixing experience.
Before making a purchase decision, you also need to consider some core technical parameters such as max printing resolution of the printhead, printing width, printing speed, and so on.
There are still some other points that will affect your decision:
Only certain types of inks are suitable for DTG printing. Sometimes it’s hard to find a supplier that can satisfy your needs with the right types of inks and colors.
Some sellers are just responsible for selling you printers but they don’t have the professional knowledge to offer you suggestions on how to protect the printer. Although you may find the answer online, nobody can guarantee that what netizens say is right. Fortunately, the printer maintenance and caring methods are included in the manual we provide.
Some of our competitors only provide a guarantee period from 30 days to 6 months. While we offer you 3-year-guarantee. And we have professional engineers to help and give you solutions when you’re in need.
If you are looking for an affordable, cost-effective DTF printer, Procolored 17" Single Head A3 DTF Transfer Printer is an ideal choice. As the comparison table above shows, our A3 DTF Transfer Printer comes with consumables and offers you more printhead choices at reasonable prices, which other competitors are not capable to offer but with more expensive prices. At the same time, we also offer professional advice from engineers if you have any questions, 3-year-guarantee, and 6*10h after-sales services.
After reading this article, if you think DTG printers are a suitable choice for you, we can also meet your need. Welcome to send us messages to consult.