Eastman Kodak Company has introduced a new ink system for Film-to-Fabric (also known as DTF or Direct-to-Film) printing projects. “We are pleased to announce the entry of Kodak into this market.” The company has produced digital inks for thermal piezo and continuous inkjet systems since the 1990’s. Film-to-Fabric ink systems can be used with most modified inkjet printers and involves three simple components: powder, film and ink.
The benefits of DTF, like Kodak’s FTF (Film-to-Fabric) system, include the ability to print on a wide variety of fabrics (e.g. natural fabrics, polyester, nylon, rayon, blends, and cotton); less investment in hardware for startup; and more flexibility to accept customer printing projects. Kodak’s film-to-fabric ink system includes KODACOLOR powder, KODACOLOR film, and ink specially designed for use in a film-to-fabric application. Customers with existing Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printers have the option to use KODACOLOR DTG inks with KODACOLOR film and powder to add Kodak’s FTF to their offerings.