There are some types of fabrics that I want to discuss but I think it’s important to understand in order to print on fabric effectively on a printing on soft textile it requires quite a bit of understanding that soft textiles and fabrics are different .
They have different characteristics,they’re constructed differently and many of them have some real important differences .One of them one of those big differences is that if it is coated or is it uncoated.
Soft Uncoated Fabric
The first fabric we will talk about is a soft uncoated fabric or soft uncoated textile.
This has no specialty coating and is widely used in the dye sublimation industry.
HP light fabric prints beautiful and probably falls under the category of poplin.
This is what we generally think of when we talk about printing on fabric with a latex printer and one of its big virtues is that it can print on this type of uncoated fabric really well.
The only other types of technology that print on them for the fabric is dye sublimation and it is worth to say that the latex printer of this generation in particular prints with a richness and saturation and Clarity. Still does not have the full scratch and scuff resistance that sublimation does but it’s still more than sufficient for most applications that you would do for this material, like say trade shows for example.
You would traditionally use the ink collectors but you don’t necessarily have to use them.
Kind of your test is if you hold your fabric up to the light and there’s no pin holes then for the most part some of the weeds of an uncoated fabric will prevent any ink from going through and then you’re pretty much good to go even if the pin holes are very light you might get away with printing it without the ink collectors.
So there are some materials some Fabrics that print just fine without using the add-on a collector because it’s not really necessary, this material would print just fine on the latex 330 for example or 310 without using the in collector or you might get a residual amount of ink through in a long roll that will get on the plant that you simply just get a cotton cloth and some good isopropyl alcohol and clean off the flat.
It is fairly real versatile Fabric and prints well,you can print it probably with or without the ink collectors .
Take Up Roll
Most textiles I do recommend to put on the take-up roll . Now there are classes of soft textiles and fabrics that you can print directly on while it’s running and you don’t necessarily have to use to take up roll.
But the Take up roll roll is very helpful to add the tension the fabric needs to travel through the print out properly.
There’s also another category of fabrics which is coated textile.If you feel the front of it it has kind of a little bit of a sticky coating to it.
Several reasons for the sticky coating: the sticky coating will allow you to put a little less ink at a faster speed and still get a very nice print, also is very good for things like say hanging banner, you will notice noticed there’s really no frame to it so it cuts very nicely even with a rotary cutter.
Now coated material are good choices also for the Latex 310 and 330 which do not have the ink collectors. Simply because usually if it has a coating on it no ink gets through the fabric and it sits on top.
Speed and Saturation
With uncoated Fabrics generally speaking I’m going to run at 16 pass somewhere between 175% and 230% I have to slow it down a little bit because you’re putting more ink down on the surface in order to get the saturation.
But with a lot of coated Fabrics I can run faster sometimes 12-pass with a 150% or a 175% in and get a beautiful print because the coating is actually helping me get a really nice deep resonance with the coloring saturation.
Now some particular products of coated fabrics does not run well at all when you put these ink collectors in because what happens is the fabric actually kind of dips down into the ink collector and it doesn’t allow it to lay nice and flat across the print .
You’re going to have to use the take-up roll because you need to have tension on this thinner material or it’s just going to fall or folder in on itself while it prints. It prints beautiful and at high speeds and has great color but there’s a few characteristics of it to be aware of and one of them is it really does need to take up roll and then the second is going to print better with a regular flat planes and applied like in hanging banners that you would see indoors.
The drawback of coated fabric is that the coating itself can be a little sensitive or a little crease or spider from time to time.It’s probably not something you would want to Crunch up and stuff into a bag like some of the softer uncoated Fabrics which would be better choices for that.
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