Digital printing is the new innovation in the field of textile printing. This is the new technology printing technique that offers various benefits to the printers. The digital printing technique helps in printing complex designs and fine patterns.
In this type of digital apparel printing technique, an inkjet-based printing method has been used that helps the printers in printing the good-quality design on different types of fabrics. But there are some fabrics that are not suitable for this specific type of printing method.
In the field of digital textile printing, there are so many print heads that help in ensuring good-quality designs and help in the quick production process. Let’s talk about the different kinds of materials which can be used for the digital printing technique.
Cotton is a naturally obtained fiber that is specifically used for clothing in the field of fashion. It is mainly due to the high control of moisture, high-level of comfort, and durability. With the help of digital textile printing, you can easily print any design on cotton fabric.
If you want to obtain good quality, then it is recommended to use reactive ink in the digital printer. This type of fabric printing ink offers the highest wash fastness for prints on the cotton fabric.
Viscose is the kind of material that is widely used in the fashion industry and it is perfect for digital printing. When you will use the reactive ink for printing, then you will get the best results, just like printing on cotton by using the reactive ink.
It is possible to print on wool by using the digital textile printer, but the type of wool you are using plays an important role while printing on it. When it comes to printing on “hairy” wool, then it is important to keep the print heads far away from the substrate, as much as possible.
Printing on wool with a digital textile printer is possible, but this depends on the type of wool you are using. Hairy wool is that type of wool in which there are so many strands that stick out. The woolen yarn is very thick, approximately five times thick as compared to the diameter of the nozzle in the print head.
Therefore, it is very important to choose the digital printer that lets you position the print head at a considerable distance from the substrate. The new technology digital printers are intricately designed and they are capable to print on any kind of wool, even on hairy ones.
Silk is another natural fiber over which the digital printer can create alluring prints. With the help of acid ink or reactive ink, it is possible to create a good quality design on the silk fabric.
When high fastness is required, then reactive ink should be preferred. On the other hand, when color gamut is a priority, then acid ink should be preferred.
This type of fabric is mostly used for creating swimwear. In this fabric, the prints can be created by using a digital printer. If you want to obtain good color brilliance, resistance to salt water and chlorine, wash fastness, and good quality, then you should choose acid inks.
In the last few years, polyester is gaining huge popularity due to various benefits of this type of fabric. The type of ink which is widely used for printing on this type of material is dispersed ink. The basic problem with this type of ink is printer contamination with ink mist.
Therefore, printers switched to the sublimation ink for printing on the polyester fabric. The sublimation printing clothes demand is growing exponentially, especially custom sublimation shirts due to their high quality and fast turnaround time.
Mixed fabric is that type of fabric in which two different materials are integrated into an appropriate proportion. Printing on mixed fabrics by using the digital printing technique is like a challenge.
It is so because only one type of ink at a time is used for digital textile printing. The different types of materials need different types of inks according to the material properties. It means that ink will not stick to another material that is used in the mixed fabric. An Ultimate, fade design will be created on the fabric.
Usually, digital printers can easily handle the printing on 70%-30%. For example, if a mixed fabric is comprised of 70% cotton and 30% polyester, then the prints can be formed by using reactive ink. But, the mixed fabric with 60%-40% division will limit the color prints.
These are some of the fabrics over which digital printing techniques can be used for creating alluring designs. Along with the above-mentioned fabric, there are other types of fabric over which digital printing techniques can be used.