Followed to the last news,we'll continue to talk about the development of printing and cutting transferring.
Much like sign making and screen printing, there are specific inks and media types for specific purposes. The fabric marketplace is diverse and so are the opportunities for customization. Before a fabric can be decorated, a compatible adhesive must be selected - one that can adhere to the textile and provide durability through wash cycles. Manufacturers of print-and-cut heat transfer media produce basic options for cotton and cotton/polyester applications. Also available are media types with adhesives intended specifically for synthetic fabrics such as polyester, nylon, spandex and polypropylene. Once the fabric compatibility is confirmed, you can begin to shop for specific features.
Thicker media yield a rugged, durable result for certain contact or extreme sports applications. Thinner, softer media suits T-shirts or performance apparel nicely. Some may prefer glossy media, while others prefer matte finishes. Also available are choices for achieving special effects such as metallic, puff, glitter, reflective and glow-in-the-dark. With such a wide variety of choices, even the most complicated fabrics can be used.
Print-and-cut heat transfer media is available in the widest range of options for use with solvent- or eco-solvent-based printers. When printing media, it is important to select the proper profile from the RIP software to achieve desirable color reproduction. Often, a generic "heat transfer media" profile is available as a standard choice in RIP software programs, but it is always wise to ask your supplier if they have a specific profile available to install that is specific to your printer model and software program.
With solvent printing, the following inks named--sublimation inks are standard: Cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Certain printers offer six color cartridges to widen the color gamut by adding light cyan and light magenta. In addition to these six colors, solvent printing recently introduced white and metallic ink, which presents new possibilities for fabric decoration. We have not yet seen all the possibilities with these inks, but they will have an impact on the way heat transfer graphics are produced.
In addition to solvent printing, thermal printing is an option, to a lesser extent. Units such as Gerber have been used for years to create heat transfers for apparel; however, the selection of thermal compatible media types is limited. Much like metallic and white solvent inks, newer, completely different ink technology is also on the rise, such as latex inks. Certain heat transfer media types are already being used in conjunction with these printers. Regardless of the specific ink technology used, almost every printer and ink type used for wide-format printing will have an option available for heat transfer applications.
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