STS Inks Breakthrough in Direct-To-Film (DTF) Printing
13 October 2021: STS Inks, a global leader in the wide format, industrial and household inkjet markets, announced the launch of its groundbreaking new Direct-to-Film (DTF) modular system. Developed in partnership with Mutoh, a best-selling manufacturer of wide format printers, the centerpiece of the new system is a compact printer that measures 24” and is built to fit onto a table-top or rolling stand in any size print shop. The exclusive STS Inks DTF System is designed to be the most cost-effective and hassle-free solution to simplify the process of quickly creating custom t-shirts and apparel.
DTF has several advantages over traditional DTG (Direct-to-Garment), which is limited to cotton pre-treated fabrics and wears faster. DTF is capable of printing onto non-treated cotton, silk, polyester, denim, nylon, 50/50 blends and more. It works equally well on white and dark textiles and allows users to choose either a matte or glossy finish. DTF does not require cutting or weeding, creates crisp and defined edges and images, does not require advanced technical printing knowledge and produces less waste.
“With the debut of our modular system, STS Inks has monumentally improved the process of DTF printing, especially for new entrants in the custom apparel marketplace and existing firms that are looking to expand their product line,” said Shahar Turgeman, who founded STS Inks in 1999. “We’ve given each of the essential DTF components a smaller footprint, deployed a user-friendly software program, bundled in the highest-quality supplies, and are offering the STS DTF System at a lower price with improved performance than anything available in the marketplace today.”
“We’re excited to work with STS Inks on their new game-changing system,” said Brian Phipps, President and General Manager of Mutoh America Inc. “Their DTF system utilizing Mutoh printer technology, coupled with space-saving components and high-quality supplies of STS Inks, offers incredible performance at remarkable price.”
STS offers unparalleled service and reliability, especially in comparison to the challenge of repairing breakdown – that are difficult to fix because required parts and technicians are not readily available. STS Inks DTF System simplifies traditional DTF processes and supply procurement. It begins with utilizing the STS VJ-628D Printer to print logos and/or artwork onto a single-sided coated PET Film.
STS PET Film (available in multiple sizes of sheets and rolls) provides optimal printer roller traction with minimal static allowing for a high quality printed image without background artifacts. It is manufactured to withstand the high temp. and pressures of a heat press and is compatible with any desktop or large format DTF printer. This film is then used to transfer the printed image onto textiles using a lightweight powder adhesive, applied with the STS Automatic TPU Adhesive Powder Shaker, which distributes the adhesive evenly across the artwork and enables the transfer process.