ColDesi Debuts New Direct-to-Film Transfer Printer

November 1, 2021

ColDesi, Tampa, Fla., has announced the addition of the direct-to-film (DTF) transfer printer, the DTF-24H2, to the DigitalHeat FX line.

The DTF-24H2 produces full-color digital transfer sheets, handling everything from single color shirt labels to left chest logos to full-size prints.

“This is the next step in digital garment decoration,” says Don Copeland, the UV and DTG product manager at ColDesi. “We are taking the speed of ink jet and the ability to do full color and applying it in a situation where we create transfers that are similar to direct to garment in feel and full color, but this allows you to knock out hundreds and hundreds of shirts in the time that you do a few dozen in direct to garment.”

The DTF-24H2 printer uses PET transfer film which is translucent allowing the design underneath the film to be seen when it is heat-pressed onto the garment. The printer has a dual print head design that lays down the colors in a blend of CMYK colors with the first printhead, and then lays down the amount of white underbase on top of the colors.

“It combines inkjet with the traditional method of transfer making similar to screen printing,” says Jerid Hill, DTG manager. “When originally creating screen printing transfers, they would add a powder to it for durability and adhesion. This is essentially what our direct to film printer does, but its inkjet prints digitally onto the film, automatically adds the adhesive powder and dries it rapidly. So, you can produce full color, perfect transfers very quickly.”

As part of a DigitalHeat FX system, which includes the Print Optimizer software, users will have ultimate control over the ink laydown, according to the company.

For more information about the DTF-24H2, click here. — D.S.