DTF (Direct-to-Film) printing is a printing method that uses a specialized printer and ink to print designs directly onto a transfer film. This transfer film can then be used to transfer the design onto a garment or other surface using a heat press. DTF printing is an alternative to traditional methods like screen printing, heat transfer vinyl, or direct-to-garment printing.

A DTF machine is a specialized printer designed for DTF printing. It is equipped with a specially designed print head, ink system, and film feeding mechanism to print high-quality designs onto transfer films. These machines typically use a white underbase ink, a color ink set, and a clear powder adhesive to create vibrant and durable designs on a wide range of fabrics and materials. DTF machines have become increasingly popular in the garment printing industry due to their ability to print intricate designs and reproduce vibrant colors on dark fabrics.