Digital Printing, is one of the newer methods of fabric printing, bypassing the need for print screens.
With a digital printer, textile manufacturers can use their existing screen files to print a pattern directly onto fabric. The elimination of screens provides a huge benefit in sampling and print orders of 1000 yards or less. In addition, digital printing allows the user to scan in pictures, artwork, and just about anything else and print an image onto fabric.
Traditional Rotary Screen Printing:
Traditional Rotary Screen Printing allows for print seconds, or printed fabric with one or more defects. Three main causes of print seconds in rotary screen printing are misfits (print defect caused by improper alignment of the screens), stick-ins (occurs when a small fiber or piece of lint gets stuck in the screen opening), and scrimps (occurs when the fabric creases underneath one of the screens during the printing process). In addition to the main three, screen stoppage due to chemical incompatibility, also known as wicking, leads to loss of color, color contamination, smears/streaks, and edge rounding due to screen buildup.
Look at these beautiful colors from Designer Mary Katrantzou, using Digital Printing.
We're excited to further explore this modern print technique, and bring color and life to Loungewear!