TextileWorld’s Jim Borneman is a long time friend and even neighbor of ours here in Atlanta. He has spent his entire career in textiles. He even had Juan Zighelboim of TexOps speak to one of his TextileWorld conferences on digital printing. We have a number of suppliers to and customers of digital printing within our membership. Contact us if you want more information and we’ll match you up to one another.
In his latest piece for the magazine Jim eloquently discusses the impact of digital printing on textile printing and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time.
Transformative Innovation Key To Digital Printing
By James M. Borneman, Editor In Chief
Rotary textile printing has a long history as the industry standard for high-output printing plants. The process is specialized and capital intensive. It demands a fabric inventory, screen inventory, an accurate color shop with formulations per pattern and colorway, and in most cases, a finishing department, inspection area and quality control lab.
The process of turning a design into a print involves the studio where artists turn designs into printable patterns. From there, the designs are engraved on rotary screens, one screen per color. There is a lot of time, energy and capital tied up before the printer prints the first yard.
For years, the promise of digital textile printing teased the industry as it slowly developed. For some time, digital printing was a sample and development tool for designers in a preproduction environment. It was expensive technology that found a niche in commercial printing in banner and signage businesses.
Then it happened — printhead development brought speed into the equation; dyes, inks and substrates improved; and the color gamut available to the printer increased. Scanning technology and computational power also expanded capabilities. Read More