Textile Digital Printing
CURRENT TECHNOLOGY AND INDUSTRY CHALLENGES
Textile Digital Printing is made in at least three major ways: Raw Fabric Printing (producing quantities of fabric with repetitive motifs), Shaped Textile Printing (producing parts of garment printed and cut) and Direct-to-Garment Printing (adding various digital decoration to a ready-made-garment).
Shaped Textile Printing is widely used for producing parts needed in fashion customized sportswear, advertising, home decoration and it is a sector where the level of automatization is incredibly low. The waste of materials and labor is huge. The most common classical workflow implies the use of two separate environments: CAD (an apparel specialized CAD) and Graphics (illustrator or Corel etc.) which merge usually by manually placing white cloth parts on a printed transfer paper.