The digital textile market and solution have witnessed a colossal development throughout the years, faster than any digital market. Today, traditional wide format OEMs are proceeding to present new technology that will print on fabrics. This incorporates signage and displays (i.e. soft signage), for example, tradeshow graphics, banners and posters, POP/POS displays, flags and so forth. Then, there’s interior stylistic décor that incorporates chair and soft coverings, walls, drapes and curtains, table and furniture coverings, bed sheets and even carpeting. At last, the extremely popular garment/apparel category incorporates wearables, such as, T-shirts, sportswear, caps and the sky is the limit from there. Every one of these applications are encountering enormous growth. For instance, you’ve likely as of now observed digitally printed covers on CBS TV football sets without realizing it! Tradeshows, schools, colleges, tradition centers, galleries, corporate workplaces, concert tours and retails space are additionally mainstream applications.
As far back as the 1960s, textile printing was done using screen printing to create shirts and other garments. Today, with the ascent of digital printing, different technologies have developed – the most famous being dye sublimation or “dye-sub” printing, and additionally direct-to-garment or DTG printing. That being stated, traditional wide format printers (dissolvable/ecosolvent, UV and latex) are also sufficiently adaptable to deal with textile printing. Notwithstanding, there are distinct points of interest and a few burdens that can include print quality, sturdiness, best kinds of textures to print on, light-quickness, cleaning, scratch obstruction, et cetera.
A standout amongst the most widely recognized types of color sub printing is called transfer printing. This method utilizes a paper that has a unique coating intended to hold and then later discharge (under heat and pressure) a printed picture. After printing, the paper is carried into contact with the fabric in or on a heat press. The ink on the paper is then “gassed” straightforwardly onto the fibers of the substrate. This “sublimation” process implies that the solid colors are really converted into a gas that enters the texture.
DTG or direct-to-garment of printing utilizes an exceptional kind of inkjet ink to print specifically onto garments (i.e. no exchange papers, no waste, and thus, less expenses). These printers are generally utilized for short-run printing and customarily work best on cotton substrates. In any case, the texture should be pre-treated before accepting the ink. Luckily, the pre-treatment forms associated with these textures are constantly improving. In DTG printing, the ink penetrates further into the texture than with a heat exchange, so a few colors may turn out as less vibrant. In any case, of course, OEMs in this segment have invested heavily in not just hardware updates, but rather ink and substrate enhancements also. The outcome is that the present DTG digital textile output can achieve exceptional levels of vibrancy, durability and astounding quality of detail.
Bottom line: When choosing which printing process, you intend to utilize, it’s critical to understand the ups and downs with respect to the application itself, run sizes, inks, substrates et cetera.