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What is The Way Forward for Digital Printing

Nov. 09, 2020

● Textile Printing

● Digital Printing

● Digital Printing Manufacturer

● Sustainable production

Integrated production model - Hybrid printing machine - Carbon footprint reduction


The last article briefly discussed the game between digital printing and traditional printing in the market competition. From the perspective of consumer demand, social orientation, and production efficiency, digital printing technology is more promising for the future market, although there are still some defects and shortcomings that need to be resolved.

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In the comparison between digital printing and traditional printing represented by screen printing, you are bound to have a deeper understanding of the advantages and disadvantages of the two printing methods and market demand. Next, let us explore the future trends and possible development directions of the printing industry and the challenges it faces.

Integrated production model from end to end

Subtractive production is a more cost-effective and sustainable production method than incremental production. This is not only reflected in the processing but also gradually applied to the entire production operation process. As far as the textile printing industry is concerned, printed textiles have become an indispensable part of our lives from the initial pattern design and style design, the collection and processing of raw materials to the mid-term printing, cutting, and stitching finally the finished products are distributed to various retail stores. 

Businness model

Is it over? No, this is the traditional production process, but now and in the future, the recycling and reuse of printed textiles have become an increasingly important link. As mentioned in the previous article, getting from nature and returning to nature is the most ideal state. If the entire process can be seamlessly connected and integrated controlled, not only the unnecessary waste of time and manpower will be eliminated, but the safety and quality assurance of the entire process can also be more controlled by people.

Of course, this requires some technical support and adjustment of the industrial chain, such as big data and artificial intelligence, cooperation between the government and enterprises, and so on. In this integration process, multi-party participation is inevitable. Buyers, manufacturers, consumers, designers, retailers, and other parties need to participate in all links.

The combination of printing technology-hybrid printing machine

Focus on the printing process. 

Since digital printing and traditional screen printing have respective advantages and disadvantages, why not combine the two printing methods to make full use of respective advantages for printing production? That may not be an unfeasible solution.

Digital printing has great color and pattern flexibility but seems not too suitable for the solid color with a large area compared with screen printing. Assuming that a shirt with a solid color background and colorful pattern printed is printed, a screen printing machine is used to print the solid color background, and then the colorful printing pattern is printed by a digital printing machine. This processing method may improve production efficiency while ensuring the quality of the finished product.

screen printing

That's an interesting and triable method. But at the same time, many problems will inevitably be encountered in the process of combined use, such as the use of chemical reagents, machine replacement and maintenance, printing order, and so on. Whether it is suitable for textile printing production requires us to check-in actual production.

Conform to the social orientation-reduce the carbon footprint of production activities

It is undeniable that digital printing does save a lot of energy consumption compared with traditional printing, especially in terms of water consumption and power consumption. Besides, digital printing eliminates the screen production process, and the printing nozzle is more flexible and durable than screen printing. It is also worth noting that the printing quality of digital printing is higher than that of traditional printing due to special printing principles, and the printed textiles are more durable, which is consistent with the concept of sustainable development on the one hand, and also establishes a good brand image for manufacturers on the other hand. 

However, regardless of the current printing method, the use of chemical reagents is inevitable, and the steam and washing in the printing and post-maintenance process require a large number of water resources and energy consumption. If there is technology in this area with big breakthroughs or innovative printing methods, the carbon footprint of textile printing will be greatly reduced. 

This is not only what technical researchers need to study, but also a problem that printing manufacturers and textiles manufacturers need to care about and think about because it is related to changes in the future market structure and the establishment of brand image. Those who are prepared in advance to seize the opportunity can rush forward and stand out in the changing market wave.

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What is the way forward for digital printing

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