CrystalPrint Fabrics

Newly patented fabric technology from Precision Fabrics Group (PFG) is helping printers realize the full potential of digital fabric printing. CrystalPrint Fabrics, available in nylon and polyester, use precision-made fabric material and a specially formulated textile coating to create the highly uniform print surface that modern digital printing requires. The high quality surface minimizes the color wicking and bleeding that can occur in inkjet printing on fabric. “The result is that printers are able to achieve the sharp definition, tight registration and color intensity that their advanced digital printing equipment was designed to deliver,” says PFG R&D Chemist Wade Burgess. “And printers get this performance job after job.”

There are other technical advantages to using CrystalPrint Fabrics, Burgess points out. “Printers are finding they get excellent front-to-back penetration of the ink into the fabric, and they don’t have to increase the ink volume to achieve this,” he says. “That’s a big deal when you consider the cost of ink. For digitally printed flags and banners, CrystalPrint doesn’t negatively affect resistance to fading caused by sunlight, which adds piece of mind for the printers and their customers.”

Burgess says there’s another benefit associated with CrystalPrint that’s important for printed fabrics used in commercial settings. “The pretreatment material we use allows high color yields without diminishing the flame-retardant properties of the fabric. So compliance with the NFPA 701 standard for flame resistance is not a problem.”

Burgess says the key to CrystalPrint’s rapidly growing popularity among printers may be the flexibility it offers. “The material performs very well on a wide range of printing equipment and with different printer set-ups,” he says. “It allows a lot of versatility for the printer who is incorporating digital fabric printing into his or her operation, as well as those who have been printing digitally for a while, but are looking for a way to achieve consistent quality on every job.”

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