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Digital Textile Printing

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Abstract:

As a result of the downturn in the last years and the economic pressure two major changes are seen in the global textile printing market: more individual designs and shorter run lengths. To reduce sampling costs the ink jet printing technology is penetrating into textile printing.

The economics of ink jet printing are the main driver of this technique. The costs per m2 for ink jet printing are lower for short run lengths than in traditional screen printing. This switches for longer runs. The turning point is an individual factor for every textile printing company.

End user require certain coloration and handling properties for production goods as well as for samples. Ink jet inks have to meet these criteria in combination with the right pre- or post-treatment systems. The choice of colorants for textile inks and the performance on the fabric are different from the graphic industry.

Multi-step processing systems are reactive and acid dye inks. The easier single-step systems are disperse dye and pigment ink systems. BASF established inks based on all four colorants.

The future of the ink jet technology in textile printing for sampling and production depends on the two factors, costs per m2 and running speed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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