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Textiles for inkjets: Which inkjet printers for printing on fabrics? Print E-mail

Many years ago FLAAR had several printers which handle textiles: Mimaki JV4 loaded with acid dye ink in one set of chambers and reactive dye ink on the other side of the printer. This kind of printing requires additional accessories which we describe in the FLAAR Bonus Reports on Printing on Fabrics. You can get this Bonus Report plus more after purchasing any FLAAR Premium Report Series.

ATP Color, Digifab textile printers evaluated by FLAAR
There are many companies that make or distribute textile printers. One that we know for many many years is DigiFab. Another textile company that has let us do evaluations on their printers is ATPColor. We have evaluated their printers and here are the results.

If you are more adventurous you can use the more sophisticated textile printers (several new FLAAR Reports are now available on textile printers).

3P inkjet textiles booth at ISA 2002 tradeshow
Harry Brebaugh (left) and Tom King (right), 3P Inkjet textiles booth. You can find a 3P Inkjet Textiles booth at ISA and SGIA in the US and most of the leading trade shows in Europe, such as Photokina and DRUPA."

Our HP DesignJet 5000 and HP 5500 do an excellent job of printing on paper-backed silk, polyester, cotton and other fabrics. These require no post-treatment. But nowadays people do not use HP Designjet printers for textiles as much as in the past. Today people prefer a dedicated textile printer such as from Yuhan-Kimberly MC3 Premium or DigiFab StampaPrint.

During 2009 we intend to expand our coverage of printing on fabrics to make this information available to interior designers and for proofing fabric design.

We receive most of our textiles from 3P Inkjet Textiles. We have visited their offices in Germany and see them at trade shows throughout Europe and across the USA. I will be discussing inkjet printable fabrics with their CEO, Thomas Poetz, in Dubai this weekend.


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3P Inkjet textiles booth at Shanghai 2008.


Most recently updated February 11, 2009.

Previous updates: Dec, 20, 2005, Jan. 31, 2003, Dec. 20, 2002. First posted Apr. 1st. 2002.



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