Digital printing fabric is defined as any dye-based sys […]
Digital printing fabric is defined as any dye-based system of printing colorant on fabric with the use of inkjet printers. Most importantly, digital fabric printing is also known as printing on garments when printing small detailed designs on large format textiles and even printing large detailed designs on light weight garments. Basically, this refers to a process where you can print your embroidery designs on different fabrics using different methods and technologies.
How does digital printing fabric works? To begin with, let us discuss how digital fabric printing system works on traditional screen printing machine. When the material is loaded into the drum of traditional screen printing machine, the liquid ink is forced through rollers that stretch it. The roller moves in a pattern until the solid ink in the material absorbs all the ink that is run through the roller. This is a non-perforated roll that gives you the smooth result after printing.
On the other hand, digital printing fabric utilizes other processes besides the roller method mentioned above. Basically, the machine uses dye-sublimation to transfer the image or pattern directly onto the textile fabric. In the dye-sublimation process, the image is passed through a vacuum chamber on the other end so that the ink on the garment is absorbed by the cloth. There are many advantages of this particular type of printing process, but basically, it produces high quality embroidered product on fabrics that have a high thread count ( Hundred Thread Count ) such as denim, silk, cotton, polyester and many more.
However, the technology is not limited to these types of materials only. Nowadays, new and advanced machinery called the ink jet printers are available in the market that can create embroidered product on practically any type of textile using inkjet transfer paper. However, the process is relatively slow compared to the previous mentioned printers. This kind of printers uses ribbon in its printing process. This ribbon is generally made from polyester based resins, and is transferred onto the garment using a jet nozzle.
Once you buy an inkjet printer, the next thing you need to do is purchase the required ink for the application you need printed onto fabric. Some digital printing equipment comes with preloaded ink cartridges. So, all you have to do is to install the cartridge in your printer, and then follow the instructions printed on the packaging to load the ink into the printer. Moreover, some printers can also be loaded with preloaded ink via USB port. However, if your printer does not support USB or Ink Jet technology, then you need to purchase the compatible cartridges or inkjet paper.
These four technologies mentioned above are the most popular in the market. However, there are still many other types of digital printing equipment that can be used for digital printing on fabric. Some examples are digital printers with dye sublimation printers, solid ink printers, thermoplastics, and thermal transfer printers. Each type of technology has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, before you purchase any type of technology, you have to first analyze which technology can answer your pressing needs.