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Pigmented Inkjet Ink Dispersion for Silk Fabric Printing

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This research concerns the study of the effects of pigmented inkjet dispersion for use on silk fabric. The pigmented inkjet inks were formulated using two types of pigment dispersion techniques: surface modification and micro-encapsulation. Properties of both inks are: viscosity 3.5-5 mPa s, surface tension 38-45 mN m−1, and particle size 0.22-0.23 μm. The stability of the inks was examined for changes in viscosity and particle size distribution. The inks were stored at ambient room temperatures for 12 weeks. After storage, the inks viscosity was increased by 20-40% and the particle size by 2-15%. The printed silk fabric was analyzed here only for tone reproduction and color. The surface modified pigmented inks yielded high optical density, good tone reproduction, better color gamut, and gamut volume. This research explains the influences to cause such results.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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