A variety of textiles are constructed for and used in the digital printing process. With advancements in today’s print technologies, substrate composition, and ink and coating chemistries, print service providers (PSPs) looking to dabble in fabric printing can work with their existing UV or latex device thanks to fabric optimized for these ink sets.
Why choose UV or latex print?
Every ink set offers its own benefits and printing to textiles optimized for UV or latex printers is no different. These fabrics are designed for fire resistance, weatherability, and sustainability while requiring minimal preparation.
In several cases, PSPs work with fabrics optimized for UV and latex printing to achieve a decreased turnaround time on specific applications. The continuous growth for print on demand with 24 hours or less turn time on finished products can be easily met with latex and UV inks printed on properly coated fabrics achieving beautiful results.
Latex is an environmentally friendly option that dries quickly and produces no hazardous vapors. It also resists solvents used in cleaning products and adheres to a variety of textiles for indoor and outdoor use. This is especially important for products that require regular washing, like garments or bed linens.
A variety of fabrics are used with UV, latex, or UV and latex ink technologies depending on the fabric’s end use. Polyester is a popular choice due to the variety of applications it can be utilized for. However, other fabrics like canvas, cotton, and linen are also compatible.
While print providers invest in digital printing to produce customized short runs of textiles, fabric quality and wearability is just as important as appearance. To achieve maximum wearability, a number of features are necessary in regards to the fabric and the ink set.
Fabrics optimized for latex ink offer a soft hand and produce high-quality graphics while UV printed fabrics can be printed at high densities and create eye-popping graphics. UV optimized fabrics can lose their softness since the UV ink sits on top of the surface and isn’t absorbed into the material.
Décor your house!
Latex inks are traditionally used for banners, wraps, and retail signage, but are also a cost-effective solution for short runs of blended and cotton apparel. Recently, latex inks are widely used in interior décor and window treatments. Due to the ink characteristics and lack of odor, it’s believed latex inks are ideal for interior applications and can be used for window fabrics and wallcoverings to décor.