To have a better understanding of digital textile printing on fabric,we should study digital printing process from fabric,printers and ink.Fabric comes in many different properties such as natural fibers, 100% synthetic, blends of synthetic and natural fibers and in either 2 or 4 way stretch or non-stretch. Each fabric can be digitally printed and you have choices of ink that allow you to print on these fabrics. Many of our customers print natural fiber, non-coated fabrics with our P50i Pigment ink for soft furnishing and fashion applications because of how easy it is to fix after printing. However, some customers use our p40i dye sublimation inks for their synthetic fabrics because of the desired color gamut and how the finished product will be used. (Example: flags and banners, sportswear or soft signage) Knowing your fabric helps define the printing solution.
When it comes to digital textile printing,what ink to use is the biggest problem to deal with.Off course,the answer is determined by the desired fabric and use of the fabric. See the chart below for a general description of what ink is used on different types of fabrics and the necessary finishing steps for each ink.
Pigment ink set provides for a good color gamut, though the color gamut is not as wide as is possible with dye-based inks. Pigment ink(Natural and Synthetic fibers)can also print onto the widest range of fabrics including cotton, silk, rayon, cotton/poly blends, and 100% polyester in a variety of weights. No pre-treatment is necessary however optional pretreats are available that increase the color gamut and also the wash fastness but a specific pretreat machine is required.
This is becoming extremely popular as Pigment inks are a greener solution that require no water and specialized fixation, steaming or washing etc in process. And when a printer and pretreat machine are added the results are quite spectacular and favored by architects and designers.