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Digital Printing On Fabrics: How Does It Work?

Digital Printing On Fabrics: How Does It Work?

Digital printing is the modern printing technique in which an image is sent to the printer using PDF and graphics software in which designs will be printed on to the garments like t-shirts and promotional dresses. The printing technique is becoming quite popular, and there is a greater demand for such printings on a variety of dresses due to following reason.

  • Repeat images quickly – The technique allows you to repeat images easily and efficiently on a lot of fabrics without changing the screen.
  • Take print in multiple sizes – Designs are taken and printed in smaller and larger form. There is no limit to the size of an image.
  • Fast process – Customized fabrics can be printed within few minutes.

How does printing technique work?

Different type of ink technologies is used on fabric types offering varying qualities of print. For instance, wax quality of print design is done on t-shirts so that the print will sit on the fabric effectively. Reactive dye is used to print on silk, cotton and linen material because the dye will blend with the fabric easily.

Digital printer

Thick ink fixer is used in this method of printing clogging up the printers ink head, and the fixer will be applied on to the fabric before it gets printed. The process is known as pre-treatment, and it was done using an external fabric finisher. The new pre-treated dress material is test printed to know the amount of ink the dress material can hold achieving a crisp as well as brighter print. Too much usage of ink will not make the print crisper, and the brightness will be lost.

Now printing of design is done in print shop by placing the fabric on to the printer, and the ink head is placed at the correct height of the fabric. There will be little clearance over the fabric, and the head height remains important to give protection to the ink head. The print head will pass from right to left and back again across the dress material by printing on the fabric with a number of passes.

The print will not get fixed on the fabric. To get fixed the print, the fabric has to be steamed so that the printed ink will get bonded to fabric fibres. Each fabric will require different quantity and length of steam depending on the fabric type and length of print.

The fabric is then washed to remove excess ink and further the print is fixed. Then the dress material is dried and ironed and finally sent for quality control check.

Digital printing format allows you to have fun with designs and print as much colour as you like. You can choose the fabric of your choice to print designs.

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