Digital Textile Printing with HP Latex

Digital Textile Printing with HP Latex

Strides in technology have provided creatives with a whole new world of options for expressing themselves. Digital textile printing has given those who love to inject their personality through interior design a completely accessible method of creating their own fabrics according to exactly what their vision is. There are plenty of ways that you can use digitally printed textiles in interior design, and customers are quickly finding new ways to incorporate their ideas into their homes. People are eating this up, and vendors are scrambling to meet the demand of their customer pools. If you’re thinking about expanding your business to include printing digital textiles with an HP Latex Printer, these are a few things that you should know!

Common Applications

  • Upscale retail POP
  • Lamp shades
  • Curtains
  • Cushions
  • Bags
  • Bean bags
  • Banner stands
  • Back drops
  • Roll up displays
  • Frontlit graphics
  • Interior décor

Why Choose Digital Textile Printing with the HP Latex?

Latex ink technology provides you with access to a method of giving your customers full customization options for their interior decoration designs. This printer allows you to print your clients’ creations on fabrics designed for use in all types of interior design. You no longer need a specialized solution just for printing on textiles. Instead, this machine combines the functionality that allows you to print on both polyester and natural fabrics.

The type of fabric people choose for their interior design depends on the application they’ll be using it for. Polyester is usually only used for retail and contract decoration, so you’ll be looking at high volume production in all likelihood. Cotton and natural fibers can be used for cushions or curtains. They can also be used to re-cover pillows or create slipcovers for chairs or couches to give your home a whole new look. The possibilities are endless, and this new technology gives your customers the option to try out completely new looks or styles without committing themselves to anything permanent. That’s why this product offering is taking off, and why offering it to your customers is a great way to stand out from your competition.

Tips for Creating the Best Decoration Textiles

Before you start producing your clients’ textiles, you’ll want to make sure that you’re setting up quality control measures and making sure you’re prepared to offer the best possible results. To do this you’ll want to do the following things:

  1. Run a wet rub test – This ensures that the dye used in the textile won’t smudge or transfer onto other surfaces or fabrics in the presence of moisture. You can find out how to run that test using this resource.
  2. Test washing parameters- You’ll need to test different textiles to provide effective washing instructions to clients to ensure that they are able to clean their textiles without compromising their designs.
  3. Use heat fixation – The heat fixation process uses temperature and time to lock in the designs so they last for an extended period of time.

Tips for Finishing

Cutting Digitally Printed Textiles

Finished pieces printed with HP Latex inks are compatible with all standard techniques; however, some techniques are more suitable for different kinds of materials than others.

Polyester fabrics – are best cut with ultrasound or pressure knife cutters.

Textiles made from natural fibers – since they tend to fray more than polyester: it is advised to hand cut them or use a pressure knife cutter and afterwards sew the edges as shown in the picture below.

Sewing Digitally Printed Textiles

To safeguard the final printed piece from being damaged or scratched during sewing, it is recommended that the parts in contact with the prints are made of plastic (as opposed to metal) or covered with plastic protectors.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking to enter the customized textile space, this is an ideal piece of technology to invest in! There are plenty of ways that you can use this printer to deliver products to your customers that meet their exact vision for their interior design and as this expectation of total customization grows, you’ll be poised for effective expansion into the space.

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