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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M O C T O B E R 2 0 2 2 • G R A P H I C S P R O 2 3 heated at high temperatures, may release MDI vapors. OSHA, the EPA, and the CDC have found that MDI vapors can cause a variety of serious health issues, including respira- tory impairments, so businesses need to be very cautious in the heating process if these types of TPU-based DTF powders are used. You need to know if the DTF products you are going to use have OEKO-TEX or other types of safety certificates. Make sure that a current SDS sheet is supplied, and thoroughly read and follow all safety instructions. USING EXISTING EQUIPMENT FOR DTF One last thing to know before buying a DTF transfer printer is that you might already own one. Many DTG printers can print DTF or DTG transfers. A potential drawback is that they may only print one sheet at a time and may not use roll feed transfer material. As noted earlier, a benefit is that most factory-built DTG printers have white ink circulation and management, so there is less concern with print head issues. Also, many DTG equipment manufacturers will offer training and technical support directly or through their dealer network. As with any decoration process, there are advantages and pitfalls with DTF transfers. e total process should be thor- oughly investigated and explored. DTF has its place in the toolbox of garment decoration methods and can be a safe and effective way to decorate if businesses take proper precautions and have all the prod- uct information needed. GP Matthew Rhome has been in the decorated garment industry for over 40 years. He is the founder of the di- rect-to-garment industry and the inventor of the world's first commercially available direct-to-garment printer, the "Revolution." He was awarded US Patent 6,095,628 on DTG printer technology in August 2000. Matthew was a member of the development team that produced the first DTG printer offering from Brother International and currently works for Epson America in DTG Business Development. Art Considerations for DTF Transfers Dane Clement, Great Dane Graphics, shares some design pointers to ponder Image courtesy Great Dane Graphics Know the terms and conditions of the warranty and the details of tech support on any equipment purchased.

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