Here is small guideline to understand about Digital fabric printing.
- What is Fabric Printing?
Fabric printing is the process of applying colored patterns and designs onto fabric.
- What is Digital Printing on Fabric?
Digital fabric printing is act of printing digital files onto fabric using ink jet based printers.
- How Digital Textile Printing Works?
There are mainly two successful digital textile printing methods:
- Sublimation Digital Printing – we talk about this methods in next time.
- Direct Digital Printing
The technology behind both printers is ink-jet.
- Other Fabric Printing Methods
There are lot of other methods for printing fabrics but mainly there is Screen Printing, Roller Printing, and Block Printing.
- Why Digital Printing on Fabric is Better?
There are lot of benefits for digital printing but following are the main benefits digital printing on fabric brings to the textile industry:
– Print on demand, print as much as you need
– Needs less operational space
– Quality of printing: high printing accuracy, sharp printing
– Unlimited color combinations…
- What kind of process are we using now?
- Now we are using reactive ink – there has been a high demand for high-quality inks that are easy to print with and are also less damaging to the environment.
- What are advantages of using reactive inks?
- High-quality of the colors
- High wash fastnesses
- What kind of fabric we can print?
The best color quality is reached when using reactive inks to print on cotton or viscose. When printing on silk or wool the colors can become less bright and intense. However, especially for top-level fashion brands, the high wash fastness is an important advantage of reactive inks. A high wash fastness means textiles can be washed often without losing its color.
- Challenges of reactive ink in digital textile printing
Although reactive inks provide digital textile printers with many advantages, there has been one thing digital printers have been struggling with when using reactive inks. That challenge is creating the ultimate deep black. When digital textile printing was introduced, its black looked more like anthracite grey. The goal has always been to develop a blacker kind of black.