Direct printing on fabric gives the trader the ability to print on the fabric without the need for a substrate as intermediate. Know the role of Kornit Thunder 932.
The main method used for printing in the textile market, sublimation carries with it the condition of printing only on white and polyester-based fabrics.
In other words, cotton – a material is widely used in the making of clothes and printing of designs.
When submitted the cotton fabric to the sublimation process, it presents low color density and fixation difficulties.
This is due not only to the characteristics of cotton fibers but also to the various treatments that cotton receives to be white and soft.
Today, however, the problem is being circumvented by the direct printing process. It already represents about 30% of what is printed in the textile segment.
For digital printing solutions, Kornit Digital, an Israel based company. It is offering many digital and mix technology printers for textile industry use.
The Kornit Thunder 932 is one of their most cutting-edge industrial digital inkjet printer offered by Kornit Digital.
It is for a medial level textile printing business offering high-level printing quality at a reasonable cost.
Spectra Nova 256/80, a printhead, is a key part behind its high-quality performance.
Check out more details about the textile printing technique below.
How direct fabric printing should be performed
When we talk about direct printing with sublimation, the process is identical to the traditional system. Still, it can be done with or without sublimation.
The paint is deposited directly on the fabric. It, in turn, goes through an oven, in which it is subjected to the action of a press.
In the case of direct printing without sublimation, the ink is deposited directly on the fabric (usually cotton).
In this case, we have two common possibilities: pigment-based ink printing and reactive dye printing.
The process performed with pigmented ink is simpler than with reactive dye.
However, its cost is higher due to the value of the paint and the need to use more milliliters per m² to achieve the desired color.
However, in terms of print quality, the colors provided by pigment ink are less intense than those provided by the reactive dye.
Advantages and disadvantages of the process
Direct printing on cotton fabric is very advantageous for those who want to focus or intensify their role in the textile market.
After the deployment period, the process allows you to create unique, highly customized, and high-quality prints.
In addition, direct printing makes it easier to produce larger volumes, such as entire collections for a brand’s next season. It makes this type of work more efficient and less costly.
When we talk about smaller or less knowledgeable productions in the textile segment, however, the traditional process ends up being more compensatory.
Direct printing on fabric requires experience and openness to adapt machinery and production form. Therefore, it is an investment that must be thought of in the long term, according to the markets in which the company wishes to operate.