UV DTF (Direct-to-Film)
Since Direct-to-Object UV Printing has some limitations (size, material, adhesion), using UV direct-to-film (DTF) can expand the capabilities of your current UV printer. DTF allows you to create prints that can be applied to those items that may not be compatible with direct-to-object printing, including:
- Angular Trophies/Awards
- Items too large to fit into UV printer
- Mirrors or reflective surfaces
- Oddly shaped items
By owning a UV printer, you’re nearly there, though there are a few additional supplies needed for the UV DTF process.
- Heated laminator
- A-Film (Adhesive)
- B-Film (Transfer)
- Plastic Razor Blade Scraper
The process of printing films, laminating and applying the final print to the product is demonstrated in the video below and outlined in this downloadable instruction sheet. An alternative technique involves printing a 'wet gloss' layer onto the film to create a glossier imprint and improved adhesion. Download the instructions for the 'Clear Varnish' technique here.
One Printer, Endless Applications
Providing customized products allows for endless product possibilities and avenues to increase your bottom line. Pairing direct-to-object with UV DTF allows you to further expand those products and better serve customers.
- Initial investment for big profits later
- Film roll & sheets
- Time for maintenance
- Combined techniques for expansive product lineup
- Tricky applications now have a solution