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What's The Textile Printing Equipment You Need to Know for Your Business?

Textile Printing Equipment
 
Understanding the Basics of Digital Textile Printers While the fiber type of your desired fabric will determine your ink choice, the fabric construction will determine the proper printer. In most cases, the fabric is either woven or knit. But in a few cases, it may be non-woven (think of a coffee filter or Tyvek). Most of the time, woven and non-woven fabrics can be successfully printed with a more basic textile printer that has proper fabric tensioning, but still uses traditional pinch-rollers to advance the fabric through the printer.
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Knit fabrics are more difficult to handle. They tend to be stretchy and the selvage may curl. For these fabrics, it’s best to use a textile printer equipped with a “sticky belt” or “print blanket.” As fabric unwinds, it is pressed flat against the belt and will stick to the belt as it is fed through the printer. Upon exiting the printer, the fabric is peeled off the belt and wound. Fabric and banner printers equipped with such a belt are more expensive. However, it is the only practical method for printing difficult knit fabrics as well as other delicate fabrics.
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The Process and Finishing Equipment
The inks each have a specific process to be followed to achieve proper color and fixation (i.e. permanence on the fabric). Nylon, for example, has a more complex process outlined as follows:
 
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Coat fabric with specific coating to receive acid dye (Or buy fabric already coated)
2. Print fabric using the best suited printer
 
3. Steam fabric in a textile steamer for ink fixation
 
4. Wash fabric in a washing machine to remove pre-coat and excess/un-fixed ink
 
Other processes, like those for polyester for example, are simpler. However, each process requires specific equipment that is required for the best results.
 
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