Digitally printed textiles are widely used in retail and event graphics and athletic apparel. But with ongoing advances in inks, fabrics, and equipment, manufacturers are beginning to use digitally print textiles for a much broader range of applications, including fashions, furnishings, and accessories.
To learn what’s next for digital textile printing, check out Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now. This two-day conference will be held December 6-7, 2016 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.
Sponsored by SGIA and AATCC
The conference is sponsored jointly by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) and the Association of Textile, Apparel, and Materials Professionals (AATCC). The complementary membership bases of these two associations are helping drive the advancement of digital textile printing technologies.
SGIA serves printing professionals who want to use the latest digital printing technologies to grow their businesses or expand into new market segments. Many SGIA members come from screen-printing businesses that have been involved with textile printing and garment decoration for years.
AATCC originated as the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists but has expanded to serve industry professionals from: textile, apparel and home-goods manufacturers; textile testing laboratories; consumer and retail organizations; state and federal government agencies; and colleges and universities. AATCC is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing fibers and fabrics for performance characteristics such as colorfastness, appearance, soil release, dimensional change, and water resistance.
Experts from a variety of backgrounds will explain what’s involved in digitally printing textiles that are beautiful, functional, colorfast, and compliant with regulations for safety and sustainable production. Speakers will include experts involved fabric and ink research, digital textile printing and finishing systems, certifications and standards, color management, design, and surface imaging education.
Johnny Shell of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association will provide an overview of digital textile printing technology. He will cover existing digital textile printing platforms and their costs, capabilities, and limitations. He will also look at potentially disruptive platforms that are starting to come online.
David Clark of Huntsman Corporation will outline the different ink chemistries used in digital textile printing and the fastness (durability) of colors on textiles.
Dave Brewer, chief technology officer of the Image Options screen-printing firm, will address the basic fundamentals of color and how to consistently achieve the right color on fabric graphics and textiles.
Steve Aranoff of Mikkelsen Converting Technologies will discuss how finishing innovations such as the VersaTech are making it easier to handle heavy rolls of fabric and improve quality and overall throughput.
Ben Mead of Hohenstein Institute USA research and testing lab and OEKO-TEX USA, will discuss how to know if the inks and other chemicals used in digital textile printing will meet the sustainability requirements of your customers.
Diana Wyman of AATCC will explain the importance of quality assurance testing for printed textiles. She will focus on selecting test methods, understanding test methods, and making decisions based on those results.
Harold S. Freeman of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University will discuss research that will lead to the next generation of disperse dyes for inkjet inks.
Yi Ding of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University will discuss research that compared the properties of pigment-based and disperse dye-based inksets on a polyester substrate.
Katelyn Lee of Cotton Incorporated will discuss a project that is evaluating the pretreatment formulations to improve the color yield and color development of reactive dyes digitally printed onto 100 percent cotton fabrics.
Xingyu Li of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University will discuss research that explored best practices in preparing polyester woven fabric for direct digital printing. He will explain fabric factors (processes and materials) that will contribute to the quality and efficiency of digital printing.
Hitoshi Ujiie of The Center of Excellence for Surface Imaging at Philadelphia University will talk about the key role of digital textile printing in the emerging design field of surface imaging.
Carrie Yates of Cotton Incorporated will explain how the product development team at the Cotton Incorporated Research Center is developing fabrics from cotton fiber to the finished product. This presentation will highlight how Cotton Incorporated is taking digital printing to another level by fusing techniques such as laser etching and novel dyeing and finishing methods.
Steve Smith, of the DPInnovations software company will explain how an established textile printing company with a traditional B2B business model developed an online presence that enables all types of customers to submit jobs directly to their digital textile printing equipment.
Gert Davis of the Spoonflower digital textile printing service will discuss how online creative communities, advances in imaging technologies, and on-demand printing can deliver a more collaborative, environmentally sustainable, and diverse textile industry.
Fashion designer Alexander Julian will share some of the lessons he learned since he first began exploring digital printing in 1990. He will explain how technology has shaped his vision and enabled his business.
Mark Sawchak of Expand Systems will explain why companies of all sizes are interested in implementing a digital workflow to bring more printed products to market faster. He will discuss companies moving forward with digital textile printing technologies and how it is re-engineering their supply chains.
View the full program details here. Register before November 21 to qualify for early-bird pricing. For more details and registration information visit: www.aatcc.org/evnt/digital-printing.