DTG (Direct-to-Garment) Definition

DTG stands for Direct-to-Garment, and refers to a method for textile printing. Unlike other textile printing methods, such as heat transfer or dye sublimation, DTG printing process uses specialized ink in order to print directly onto the garment, using a DTG printer. The fabric fibers soak up the ink, and become part of the garment. …customized readmore text

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Roll-to-Roll Printing Definition

Roll-to-Roll printing (also known as Direct-to-Fabric printing) is a textile printing method that refers to printing directly onto a roll of fabric, as opposed to printing directly on garments, or other printing methods. In this process, a Roll-to-Roll printer uses specialized ink in order to print directly onto the roll of fabric. The ink is …customized readmore text

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Dye Sublimation Definition

Dye sublimation is a digital printing technology that uses heat transfer to apply an image to the intended substrate. Also referred to as digital sublimation, the process is commonly used for decorating apparel, signs and banners as well as other items with sublimation-friendly surfaces. Dye sublimation features the following two-part process: Print graphics onto special …customized readmore text

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Mass Customization Definition

Mass customization is defined as the production of personalized or customized goods or services to meet customers’ diverse and frequent needs at close to mass production prices. Mass customization combines the personalization and flexibility of custom-made products with the high production and sales levels of mass production. During the past decade, the global textile and …customized readmore text

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Color Gamut Definition

Color gamut is the entire range of colors and tones achievable by an imaging system. More specifically, the portion of the color spectrum that can be reproduced when transforming from RGB colors to CMYK colors. The color gamut of a printing device is determined by the hue, saturation, and lightness of its cyan, magenta, yellow, …customized readmore text

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Web-to-Print (W2P) Definition

Web-to-print, also known as Web2Print or W2P, is the practice of online printing business. Web-to-print brings the costumer a lot closer to the print business as the online printing process opens up more opportunities from the physical domain. These opportunities include submitting print jobs, publishing online reviews/previews and designing directly on a website using rich …customized readmore text

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Post-Treatment Definition

Digital Textile printing uses either wet post-treatment or dry post-treatment processing for the fixation of the dye into the fabric after printing is done. For inks requiring wet post-treatment (such as acid and reactive inks), the printed fabric needs to undergo several steaming, washing and drying post-treatments. Inks working with dry post-treatment (Pigment and Disperse) …customized readmore text

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Color Bonding Definition

Color bonding is the interaction between the dye and the fabric fibers. The type of bonding interaction depends on the type of dye and the type of fabric used. Different classes of dyes attach to fibers via different forms of bonding. Most types of dye-fiber interactions can be classified as either a physical or a …customized readmore text

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Waterless Printing Definition

Waterless printing is an offset printing process that eliminates the water or dampening system used for keeping the non-image area free of ink. Instead of water, this method uses a layer of silicon that repeals the ink from the non-image area on the print. Two major differences between waterless and water-based printing include the need …customized readmore text

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Sustainable Textile Printing Definition

Sustainable Textile Printing refers to environmental or green printing and is a form of production that uses environmentally friendly textiles, substrates, inks and processes. In addition, it further encompasses the protection of employee health and safety through efficient use of reused resources, energy and recycling. Lower VOC inks, waterless printings, reducing waste and recyclable textiles …customized readmore text

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Cost-Per-Print Definition

Cost-Per-Print takes into account the production cost of the printed material, such as the ink, and substrate type to give a cost per print. The Total Cost of Printing (TCP), including administering, designing, creating and printing, excess printing and delivering the products to their final user/destination, should also be part of the cost-per-print calculation. Typically, …customized readmore text

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