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Everything to Know About DTF with Prestige A3+ Direct to Film Desktop Printer

If you're just getting started with the Prestige A3+ DTF Printer or if you're considering investing in the  desktop DTF printer for your business this is a great place to start. 
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I have put all of our resources and information on DTF printing with the Prestige A3+ DTF in one spot so you can easily find what you're looking for whether that's the best Prestige A3+ DTF printer Bundle or tutorials and videos or you're still trying to figure out "What is DTF printing" or you're looking for an honest Prestige A3+ DTF printer review or what the difference is between the A3+ vs A3+ R Prestige DTF Printer.

If you're not sure what DTF printing is or if it's right for your business - this introduction to DTF printing should answer all of your questions. 

Finally the buying options can be overwhelming so I've put together a list of what you need to get started with the Prestige A3+ and A3+ R DTF printers to make sure you don't miss any essentials, while also not overbuying.

Getting Started with Prestige A3+ and A3+ R DTF Printers

It's relatively fast and easy to get started with direct to film. The Prestige A3+ DTF can literally be set up and printing within an hour or so and of course I have tutorials and videos to help you along the way. 

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What Type of Maintenance is Required for the Prestige A3+ DTF Printer?

The Prestige A3+ DTF printer does require daily maintenance and it requires even more on days it's used to print if you want to keep it in good printing order.  

The daily maintenance includes checking the waste container and emptying as necessary and shaking the white ink cartridge and container. 

On days when the Prestige A3+ will be used to print, it's recommended to perform a head cleaning and nozzle cleaning at the beginning of the day.  After printing, it's recommended to clean the caping station, wiper blade and print head. 

If you do not keep with the routine maintenance you are setting the printer up for frustrating problems. 

If you do have an issue with the Prestige A3+ or A3+ DTF Printer, you can find troubleshooting tutorials for the most common Prestige DTF printer issues here.

Best Prestige A3+ or A3+ R DTF Printer Bundle

The best Prestige DTF Printer Bundle is the one that has everything YOU need to get started and is within your budget.  

First you should decide whether the A3+ or A3+ R DTF Printer is best for you. For a detailed side by side comparison between the Prestige A3+ and A3+ R model click here.

The Prestige A3+ printer does not include inks out of the box, so I would suggest you get a DTF bundle that includes inks - which Swing Design offers.  Swing does a really good job of offering DTF starter packs with all the essentials including DTF film and powder - both of which you'll also need. 

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But above and beyond that I would recommend - if you can stretch a little - you get a bundle that also includes the curing oven and air filter. 

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You can use a heat press to cure the DTF powder but it will take about three times as long. Of course you can always add the 16x20" DTF curing oven and air filter on later as well.

And I have a special offer for you - if you buy a Prestige Bundle you can get an EXTRA 200 sheets of DTF film - free.  Get the free DTF film offer by clicking my link to unlock the code. 

Prestige A3+ DTF Printer Tutorials 

Like anything, there's a learning curve to the Prestige A3+ DTF printer, but I actually found it to be one of the easiest of all the printers and cutters I have. From the set up to the first DTF print it's not a hard process and of course I'm here to help you along the way! 


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  1. Is there a video for using a heat press rather than a $900 curing oven? I’d love to do this but it’s a steep financial investment.

  2. New to DTF, recently purchased the Prestige A3. I am having a terrible time with lines across the image and not knowing what to set my color adjust at. I can’t find anything on YouTube! Help please!

  3. Can you please tell me why this isn't considered a good fit for a hobbyist?


  4. I need to know if there’s anywhere I can get tech-support for this machine It will not print white ink. I have cleared the nozzles. I have pulled back on the lines. I’ve done all of the nasal cleanings. I’m at my wits end and I don’t see any options for tech-support. I have a huge order I need to get out and it’s not printing white.

  5. If you had to choose between Prestige and the i Color 650, which would you get and why?

  6. I have seen comments about the DTF being able to be used on hard surfaces. A comment I saw was "if it can be heated, you can use DTF". I have seen on here that you can't use DTF on hard surfaces. Is there a difference with the Prestige prints and other DTF printers that allows this capability?


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