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Digital Print and Pigment Inks – Get to Know Caspar Manufacturing Process!

On several occasions we’ve mentioned how our production is environmentally friendly and sustainable. We believe in a better tomorrow and know that we need to change the direction of the fashion industry.

In order to accomplish this, we’ve had to introduce new and advanced technologies in our manufacturing process.

We appreciate transparency in our business, so we’d like to explain the whole process to you, as well as the path the fabric goes through at our facility. More precisely, we’ll explain what digital print is, what are pigment inks and how and why we use them.

Don’t worry, we’ll use completely understandable vocabulary, without that bunch of technological terms. 🙂

Are you ready?
Here we go!

What type of print do we use?

First, we’ll explain what the printing process used to look like.

If you wanted to print a pattern, you needed to put it on printing plate first, or run it through a silk screen. Therefore, more material, more work. These technologies are still used, primary because they work well for larger amounts of products.

However, we opted for digital print.

How does it work? We input data (in our case colours and patterns) into the computer, while the computer transmits these data into the printing machines which do the rest of the work.

Why is digital print better for our way of doing business?

  • No more printing plates or screens, meaning faster printing process.
  • It’s suitable for all types of materials. From natural ones like cotton, to artificial ones like polyester, digital print guarantees vivid colours and good adhesion.
  • Great solution for small and medium editions. With digital print, there are no “minimum quantities”. At Caspar you can even get one meter of a fabric or one piece of an item.
  • It’s suitable for custom print, so it doesn’t produce unnecessary waste.

 

In conclusion, it’s clear that what we represent – a company that is here to help small and medium businesses and craftsmen, all the while maintaining a sustainable approach – digital print is the best option.

After we’ve chosen the type of print we want, the inks came next.

digital printing on fabric

direct to garment

digital printing on fabric

Print in the colours of sustainability

There are three types of inks we can use in digital print:

  • pigment inks
  • acid inks
  • reactive inks

 

We’ve chosen a printing machine called Kornit Presto, which enables us to perform all of the processes related to digital print directly onto the fabric: print, softening and drying, all in one go.

By selecting the printing machine, we’ve chosen the type of inks we want, too.

Every ink is suited for a different type of technology, and our Kornit Presto comes hand in hand with pigment inks.

Still relatively new and unfamiliar in the world of print, pigment inks are not that popular, but we believe they’re going to take over the market soon, and we’re here to proudly represent them.

We believe in their advantages and we know that they are the best choice for our goals, but also the best option for textile industry in general.

Here’s why:

  • Print and ink fixation are a part of the same process in production, which is not the case with acid and reactive inks.
  • They have better UV endurance.
  • They adhere magnificently and give intense results.
  • They give excellent results when printing illustration patterns and photography.

 

Acid and reactive inks on fabric are first treated with chemicals, then printed, steamed and washed. The process is exactly as it seems – time consuming and wastes large amounts of water and energy. Since ecology is one of our main principles, this doesn’t suit us at all.

Pigment inks don’t acquire water (like the rest of them do) but only temperature in order to be heated up and fixed onto the fabric. Therefore, there’s no (large) consumption of water – this is what gives us sustainability.

Pigment inks can be used in different ways, and the final result is consistent, which gives us quality.

Now when we’ve cleared all of this, let’s conclude with all the advantages these technologies have when compared to the traditional ways of print.

kornit printer

eco friendly method

modern priting technology

Why do we do things this way?

Our factory is a proud microfactory.

In order to meet all custom print requirements (which is the way our factory works), we need to have a high level of technology, automatization and digitalisation. Digital print represents exactly that – since it works the same as classic printers (tiny drops of ink are placed onto the fabric), results are fast but efficient.

By doing custom print, we’re also reducing the amount of waste, while the use of pigment inks doesn’t require water in the printing process.

As a company which puts great emphasis on sustainability and eco-friendliness, this is of great importance for us, and we believe that it’s important for our costumers and clients, too.

We believe in the new direction of textile print which leads us to a brighter future!

 

Do you want to talk more about our production? Contact us – we’ll gladly have a cup of coffee with you!

 

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