The difference between heat transfer printing and digital printing

June 16, 2021

What is heat transferr? Why use heat transfer printing? Heat transfer is a new method of printing patterns on products of various materials, especially suitable for the production of a small number of personalized and customized products, and the printing of patterns containing full-color images or photos. The principle is to print a digital pattern on a special transfer paper with a special heat  transfer ink through a printer, and then use a special transfer machine to accurately transfer the pattern to the surface of the product at high temperature and pressure to complete the product printing.

Heat Transfer Printing

Heat transfer (heat transfer ink) is an emerging printing process that has been introduced from abroad for more than 10 years. The process printing method is divided into two parts: transfer film printing and transfer processing. The transfer film printing uses halftone printing to pre-print the pattern on the surface of the film. The printed pattern has rich layers, bright colors, ever-changing, small color difference, and reproducibility. Good, it can meet the requirements of the designer, and is suitable for mass production; the transfer process is processed by a heat transfer machine (heat and pressure) to transfer the exquisite pattern on the transfer film to the surface of the product, and the ink layer is formed It is integrated with the surface of the product, which is vivid and beautiful, and greatly improves the grade of the product. However, due to the high technical content of this process, many materials need to be imported.


Digital printing is slightly better than heat  transfer technology.


Digital Express Printing is a systematic project involving cutting-edge technologies such as CAD technology, network communication technology, precision machining technology, and fine chemical technology. It is a product of the integration of information technology with traditional technologies such as machinery, textiles, and chemicals.

Traditional printing is inseparable from the use of flat screens and rotary screens. However, the cost and time consumed by plate making cannot meet the modern printing trend of small batches and multiple varieties. Therefore, the development of a plateless and pressureless digital printing. The basic principle is the same as that of an inkjet printer.


As digital jet printing technology involves a lot of calculation and control, it can be said that without today's high-speed computers, digital jet printing technology would not be possible. For now, the development of digital jet printing technology is basically synchronized with the working capabilities of computers, and the development of computer technology still shows no signs of weakening.

Heat Transfer Printing

With the development of computer technology, it can be expected that digital printing technology will develop at a high speed in the future. . At the same time, the manufacturing technology of the printhead also benefits from the related technologies of integrated circuits, such as etching and precision assembly. The emergence of modern high-frequency, multi-printhead printheads proves this point.


Zhengzhou New Century Digital Technology Co., Ltd.,- (Fedar a high-tech enterprise specializing in research, manufacture, sale and service of sublimation printer,digital textile printer ,inkjet heat transfer printing machine and related consumables.


By cooperating with world famous printhead manufacturers and software suppliers, we integrate exquisite and practical technology into our products. Up to now, fedar printer has independently developed a series of mature products.

Heat Transfer Printing