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Inkjet printer is a general term for a class of machines, which is divided into DTF printers, UV printers, DTG printers, Sublimation printers, UV DTF printers, etc. Many people don't know their differences and applications. It happens that there are several types of printers on our website, so let’s introduce their briefly.
DTF printer, also called direct-to-film printer, is a new technology that replaced the backward DTG, sublimation, and silk screen printing technology by printing the pattern on a special pet film and then pasting it on the fabric with melted rubber powder.
The Advantages of the DTF printer
DTF is an improved version of thermal transfer printing, DTF is suitable for a variety of materials; DTF printers can be used to print clothes, bags, pillows, hats, jeans, cotton, nylon, canvas, or some light and dark fabric. And even transfer printing can be applied to different flat surfaces such as luggage, glass, wood, metal, etc.
No pre-treatment is required, preheating function and adjustable temperature: heating printing ink to avoid ink flow affecting printing effect;
Temperature and humidity settings can better adapt to the printing environment.
Save white ink: DTF uses very little white ink, about 40%. But DTG needs 200% white ink. Generally speaking, white ink is the most expensive one.
More durable than DTG printing; DTG finished is soft, but not scratch-resistant. DTF finished products will not crack, or peel off, and can be rubbed at will.
Anti-scratch and Colorfast: micro piezoelectric inkjet technology can accurately restore images, with true and clear color output, light resistance, oxidation resistance, and water resistance and achieve long-lasting maintenance. High elasticity, not easy to deform and fade, durable scratch resistance.
Easy to apply: You can design any pattern you want;
Fast printing speed, easy control: provided with free printing software, single-page, and roll paper printing can be switched at any time. Support color or white printing at the same time. Only take s2 to 4 minutes for 1 sheet print (DX5 print head) ;
Reeler and comprehensive upgrade: reduce paper jam problems of traditional printers;
Faster production process; less pre-treatment and drying of clothes
Helps diversify your inventory, you can store your favorite patterns first, and print when you want to print.
Fully automatic, DTF has a white ink circulation system, which can prevent white ink precipitation and prevent nozzle clogging: the white ink circulation system is our patented technology, and the continuous circulation system can effectively prevent nozzle clogging, thus prolonging the life of the print head by 50% compared with traditional printers.
High-definition printing resolution: micro-voltage and intelligent ink droplet technology are adopted, the color transition is smoother, the printing accuracy is less than 1 mm, the image output shows rich details, seamless color transition, and almost 100% restoration effect.
UV printer, also called flatbed UV printer, as can be known from the name, it with wide applications and is mainly used for printing on flat objects in different materials, such as acrylic, iron sheet, wood, and plastic, It can be printed, and cylindrical items or mugs can also be printed with the help of molds. It is equipped with a UV lamp and an air-cooled water-cooling system, the cooling system is used to cool down the UV, etc., and the high temperature of the UV lamp can accelerate the curing and adhesion of the ink.
The Advantages of UV printer
(1) Color photo-grade printing can be carried out on wood, glass, crystal, PVC, acrylic, plastic, stone, leather, and other surfaces without any material restrictions.
(2) Whether it is a simple monochrome pattern, a color pattern, or a pattern with excessive color, it can be printed at one time, that is, it is dry.
(3), special effect, the particularity of UV ink, the printed picture is full of concave and convex, with relief effect.
(4), low printing cost, convenient and quick, single and small batch, the cost is consistent!
(5), applicable industry and a wide range of users!
DTG printers, direct-to-garment printers, print directly on clothes. However, due to the high cost of ink, complicated maintenance, easy clogging of nozzles, and requirements for fabrics, they have been gradually eliminated. It is almost the same as a UV printer, the difference is that a UV printer will use a UV lamp to irradiate and dry the pattern, while DTG has no UV lamp.
DTG has the advantage of being more environmentally friendly than other printing methods, with more colors to choose from and more detailed prints to produce. Unlike more traditional printing methods such as screen printing, DTG uses the latest digital technology to provide you with a variety of features and customized services. DTG printers use water-based pigments with a unique curing process. Because of the use of water-based inks, they print best on natural fibers, such as cotton, bamboo, linen, and linen.
Dye Sublimation is the most popular technology before the emergence of DTF. It is similar to the use of DTF. It is printed on the transfer paper first, and then the ink is directly changed from solid to the gas state by the high temperature of the heat press (above 200 degrees Celsius) ( Sublimation), and then print the pattern on the fabric, but due to the limitation of the process, the use of transfer paper is not as convenient as the transfer film, and the pattern is not as gorgeous as DTF, and there are restrictions on the fabric (some fabrics cannot withstand high temperatures of 200 degrees Celsius)
The Advantages of heat transfer printing
First, it is relatively affordable and easy to use. Second, in most cases, you are free to walk away simply by refilling your old printer with thermal sublimation ink. Third, the DTF machine is applicable for wide printing materials, you can print on ordinary office paper, rather than using precious sublimation paper, Fourth, it requires minimal maintenance, and sublimation ink does not clog easily. Fifth, it is suitable for all kinds of products, such as cups, coasters, key rings and etc.
UV DTF, also called sticker printer, or transfer paper printer, generally use two kinds of film, film A and film B, the printer first prints CMYKWV on the adhesive film A, and then passes the transparent film B through the laminating machine. The two films are laminated together, and a sticker is made. When tearing off B film , the printed pattern will be taken off and can be pasted directly on the object, but the UV DTF stickers can’t due to the uneven surface. While on various other items, UV DTF works very well. It is waterproof and scratch-resistant. And can last for a long time without damage.
UV DTF sticker printer works with a laminator. The entire printing process requires only two machines to complete the printing. As well as A film, B film, glue, gloss, and other essentials. Branes, B branes we've already talked about what they do. Now let's introduce the role of glue and light oil. The glue needs to be sprayed on the top of the film, and then when it is torn off and pasted on the article, it can effectively strengthen the stickiness of the sticker, and achieve the effect of being waterproof, sunscreen, and scratch-proof. UV Varnishing of A3 UV DTF Laminating Printer creates a more vivid, more luxurious, and stronger tactile impression than non-UV varnish, which allows any printed items to look more professional and exquisite. In addition, our UV DTF printer can also use hot gold film and hot silver film, these two films look very tall. Overall, UV DTF can not only print sticky, good quality stickers but also print high appearance level, attractive stickers. UV DTF printer is a good choice.
Different printers have different scopes of application, but with the above types of printers, you can print on almost any material you want.