Transfers that don’t cost the Earth

TheMagicTouch has introduced a new recycled DtF paper-based transfer option; the TRANSFER DT paper by Felix Schoeller.

TheMagicTouch DtF delivers great quality finished garments using less plastic in the print process

The new product improves the sustainability credentials of this growing direct-to-film (DtF) transfer technology. The developed surface coating offers a reduction of 67% less plastic than traditional PET transfers and works with water-based inks and glycol-free options.

Jim Nicol of TheMagicTouch says, “In a world where more sustainable products are a necessity for the future, the option of printing DtF transfers onto paper as opposed to traditional PET film offers customers a choice.”

More paper – less plastic for DtF: The new TRANSFER DT paper by Felix Schoeller

The TRANSFER DT paper is developed and manufactured by Felix Schoeller GmbH (suppliers to TheMagicTouch for over 30 years) in Germany and offers high ink absorption, vivid colours and high transfer rates resulting in a softer feel and outstanding durability. The product with its matt receiver layer has many advantages including lower cost per transfer, the removal of any potential static issues, no oil residues, warm peel, lower curing times and temperature helping to reduce energy costs. The new paper is still sufficiently see-through for application positioning. The TRANSFER DT paper is available in 60cm width in 50m and 100m rolls. 

However, not all DTF printers will be compatible with the new paper. Printer models without tension bars and heated platens may have issues as indeed could those using inks that are simply not compatible with this innovation. The existing and proven Kodak DtF inks deliver outstanding results alongside the new DtF Magic Premium “Glycol Free” inks.

“The transfer technology by Felix Schoeller offers many advantages for garment and promotional product decorators. The process delivers printed transfers for almost any light and dark textile or garment together with outstanding stretchability, high wash durability and excellent colour reproduction. Add to that detailed and intricate images as never seen before. DtF transfers can be applied to cotton, selected polyester, denim, canvas, synthetic fibres, and most performance fabrics,” adds Jim

TheMagicTouch will continue to offer the existing DtF Magic HOT and COLD peel PET-based DTF films for clients who prefer the PET film properties. 

Jim explains, “One fact to remember; DtF transfer printing will not replace all existing printing processes, it’s simply another great option. There remain applications to which other printing techniques are more suitable. Examples include designs or logos that require haptic features such as puff, flock, glitter, reflective and metallic/holographic effects where the existing processes and products remain the best option.”

As with other transfer printing techniques, the transfer application to the garment or fabric does not have to be immediate as DtF transfers can easily be stored and applied as and when needed.

TheMagicTouch Premium DtF inks

In addition to film and paper media, DtF ink is a critical factor in the DTF transfer process. The formulated water-based pigments are applied to the coated film or paper then after having adhesive powder applied is ready for application to multiple potential products and applications. High-quality inks are crucial for achieving exceptional colour vibrancy, detail, and durability.

Both Kodak and DTF Magic Premium inks offer a wide colour gamut ensuring strong colour vibrancy and intricate detail for all types of images and logos. Together with outstanding durability, wash-fastness and stretchability.

The new “Glycol Free” DTF Magic Premium DTF Inks are the most affordable available. Offering rich, deep colours for eye-catching designs, in addition, the white ink offers great opacity, allowing for crisp details even on dark garments. The DTF Magic Premium DTF Inks are also OEKO-TEX certified and free from Ethylene Glycol, making them a more sustainable printing option. Compatible with both PET and paper-based transfers.

“TheMagicTouch is committed to sustainability. Offering both inks and substrates with eco-friendly certification. Produce outstanding transfers without ‘“’Costing the Earth’,” concludes Jim.

For further details, samples or to arrange a demonstration please register your interest online

Read more about DtF technology on Eye on Display.

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