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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P R I L 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 1 7 thick and feels like thick plastic. at has not been our experience. We not only had ColDesi send us DTF transfers, but we also ordered some from a couple of other wholesale businesses to test and compare them all. I do not know what DTF equip- ment the wholesalers use, but the prints were nice, and the transfers were not hard to use. en we worked with the trans- fers ColDesi sent us, and they were top quality. e handle was much lighter than that of digitally printed apparel vinyl. ey also had a smoother feel than you get when screen printing several spot col- ors. I knew then that we had to own a DTF printer. The setup When we purchased the machine, we opted to set it up ourselves since the printer runs very similar to a vinyl printer, and the shaker with the dryer runs very similar to a screen-printing dryer. ere were many training videos available to help with this step. However, I personally suggest that, if you can afford it, you have a tech come in and set the machine up for you. Why? I work 70 to 80 hours a week, and I had to fit in a few hours each day for a week to get the machine up and running with my team. So, every hour spent setting up the new machine meant fewer orders being produced. ColDesi has a whole line of step-by-step installation training videos, but a technician can simply get you up and running faster. And, if you are new to the industry in general, you will learn more, faster with an onsite technician, in my opinion. Anyone can watch the train- ing videos and set the machine up them- selves, but in my eyes, time is money. One of our designs printed with the DTF process. Design of ours where we knocked the black out.

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