The use of digital inkjet technology to print direct to textiles has grown substantially in recent years and is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing markets for wide format printers. For those companies already supplying digital output, printing direct to fabrics offers some very exciting opportunities to profit further from an inherent understanding of the software, hardware and workflow processes involved in digital printing.
Designers can experiment with colours and patterns more freely, order print samples more frequently and turn their textile designs into saleable products more easily. The interior décor market is also exploiting the digital revolution in textile printing. Everything from curtain and blinds to cushions and furniture covers are being printed digitally, offering truly bespoke designs to both commercial and residential clients. The growing demand from these markets for more cost-effective custom print solutions has led to further advances in digital printing technologies and the development of new inks.
Companies looking to diversify into the lucrative direct to textile print market would be wise to seek out the advice and guidance of an industry expert to fully understand the relationship between the digital print technologies, ink types and fabrics involved. Textile print specialist, Sabur Ink Systems Ltd., has been championing digital print technology for many years. In addition to an in-depth knowledge of textile printing inks and materials, Sabur has been directly involved in the development of bulk ink feed systems and fabric handling conversions for digital printing technologies. Its latest innovation is the Sabur Diva direct to textile printer, a Partner Solution based on Roland’s robust and reliable XF-640 print engine.