Innovative Printing Technology for Printing Fabric
Textile printing can be best described as the art and science of decorating a fabric with a colorful pattern or design. Recently, over fifty percent of the world's printing fabric is produced in the Asia, compared to approximately twenty percent in the US and Europe. The majority of all textiles are printed using rotary screen print machines. While this technology offers high speed and low product cost, there are many drawbacks. Rotary screen technology offers obvious benefits for long runs, but does not allow economical short run production. As the price per yard continues to decrease, traditional manufacturers are forced to respond to the changing world of textile printing.
Indeed, the world of textile printing is rapidly changing. Customers are demanding a greater variety of colors and designs. Responding to this demand is a necessity in today's marketplace. Printers are forced to find new and innovative ways to provide printed samples while minimizing cost and waste. Fortunately, digital printing technology allows customers to streamline the entire design, sampling, and production process.
So how does digital printing help to eliminate the problems associated with traditional textile printing? One of the biggest benefits digital printing provides is the reduction of downtime. Digital printers do not require lengthy setup /cleanup time between patterns and can theoretically print 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days per year.
In addition to increased efficiency, digital printing also provides the elimination of screen cost in sampling and short run production. Printing without screens eliminates the registration problems, and most importantly, allows for mass customization. Designers can make pattern and color changes immediately and print a sample before engraving screens for the final run. On a digital production machine, the printer can produce as little as one repeat of several patterns using multiple color ways, all in a few minutes.
When talking about textile printing, it is essential to include viscose fabric. Viscose is the first generation of regenerated cellulose fiber. Special features of viscose fiber for processor are high moisture regain and increased dye uptake. These features enable unique comfort, cooler feel, brighter colors, and brilliant shades of the final processed printing fabric. It is an art to dye and print viscose.