Why digital printing offers new hope to traditional textile printers

With thanks to Gavin Thatcher, Standfast and Barracks, who takes a look at the “New Manufacturing” of Printed Textiles in the United Kingdom.

Textile print sampling and the emergence of digital printing

Digital printing was introduced to the textile industry in the late 1990s as an alternative to sampling for bulk production which had very high waste costs.

In practice, of course, the digitally printed sample could never quite match the “analogue” traditionally printed version and whilst the introduction of digitally printed samples definitely improved the times taken in the preproduction process, it never completely replaced the traditional methods of sampling.

However, the technique earned its place in the development stage of the production process and the seed had been planted for a bulk digital textile printing machine.

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The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, ITMA 2015

SDC member Dr Ian Holme reports on The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum, which took place at ITMA 2015.

The Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum organised by the technical committee comprising members from SDC (Andrew Filarowski), IFATCC (J Marek), AICTC (A Gigli), Janak Mehta (DMAI) and Enrique Meltzer (FLAQT) and organised with MP International and held during ITMA 2015 at Fiera Rho, Milan saw 130 delegates attending.

In order to increase sustainability in textiles and clothing, all stakeholders need to work together, delegates at the Textile Colourant and Chemical Leaders Forum heard.

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Photochromic and thermochromic applications

With thanks to SDC member Adam Pursell for reviewing this recent North of England region event, which took place at the University of Leeds.

The evening started out with a tour of the School of Design, led by Prof Chris Carr. Attendees were shown around the state of the art facilities that the School had to offer, including a testing house, fibre spinning facilities, weave/knit facilities and ultra-modern design spaces. The tour was enjoyed by all, and proved Leeds University to truly be a world leader in the field of fibre/fabric technologies.

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