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Digital Fabric Printing

An Introduction to Digital Fabric Printing and its Inner Workings

Digital fabric printing is a relatively new technology with a multitude of applications and possibilities. Most commercially available fabric is rotary screen printed. Each print run is usually several thousand yards. The high minimums are usually due to the time and cost required to prepare a unique set of screens, with each colour in a design requiring a separate screen.

 

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The main advantage of digital printing is the ability to do very small runs of each design – even less than a yard – as there are no screens to prepare. The inkjet printing technology used in digital printing was first patented in 1968. It was only in the 1990s that inkjet printers became widely available for paper printing applications. Thankfully, technology has continued to develop, and there are now many specialised wide-format printers that can handle a variety of substrates; everything from vinyl to canvas and paper, and yes, fabric.

Specially Formulated Inks

The inks used in digital fabric printing are formulated specifically for each type of fibre (silk, cotton, nylon, polyester, etc.). Throughout the printing process, the fabric is fed though the printer using rollers. Ink is applied to the surface in the form of thousands of tiny droplets. The fabric is then finished using heat or steam to cure the ink, with some inks also requiring washing and drying.

Designs are created digitally, and can be designed with nearly any type of graphic design software. Alternatively, existing artwork or even photographs can be scanned and then digitally manipulated to make a beautiful and memorable pattern. Designs are usually created as a seamless pattern that is repeated across the fabric. However, it is possible to create a design that fills an entire yard without repeating any part of the design.

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We specialise in beautifully designed digital fabric printing, which can be used for branding and advertising purposes in many different applications. One of our most popular products, industrial fabric frames, are used in various settings, from tradeshow exhibitions to in-store promotions and other retail areas. The Deco Art print is ideal for displaying photos or any other type of high-resolution images.

Enliven any space with this neat, cost-effective, environmentally friendly, and aesthetically pleasing digital fabric print. As it features a textured surface, this fabric canvas provides for optimal picture depth and contrast, and most importantly, it is a breeze to clean. Holes can also be pre-moulded into the frame for easy wall mounting. As there are zero hard materials used like aluminium or wood, it is extremely light and easily manoeuvrable.

This is just one example of how we can use digital fabric printing to produce beautifully branded products to boost your advertising campaigns. Tap into our expertise and enjoy all the benefits that come with partnering with an industry leader. We are ready to provide you with all the advice and service needed to make the best decision regarding your company’s branding needs. To learn more about us, and for expert branding solutions, contact us today.