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Color Performance of Cotton Fabrics Pretreated by Low-Temperature Plasma and Inkjet-Printed with Pigment Inks

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Theoretically pigment inks are suitable for inkjet printing of all kinds of fiber fabrics, including polyester, silk, cotton, wool, etc. Besides that pigment inkjet printing has prominent environmental friendly advantages compared with other colorants. But pigment inks exhibit poorer color performance on fabrics than dye inks. Pretreatment of fabrics is one of the effective methods to improve the color performance of pigment inks. In this paper, an environmental friendly method – low temperature glow discharge plasma was employed to pretreat cotton fabrics and the image quality of cotton fabrics pretreated and inkjet-printed with pigment inks was analyzed. The results show that after plasma pretreatment the K/S values and L*a*b* of cotton fabrics were improved and, the ICC profiles and the color space of pigment inks on cotton fabrics before and after plasma treatment were calculated, which indicate the color performance of pigment inks was enhanced.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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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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