Digital printing onto textiles is a specialist process – RA Smart have been at the forefront of this cutting edge technology in the UK for over 10 years, installing the latest systems throughout the UK, covering a vast array of applications.We have seen enormous developments in both print head and ink chemistry over recent years and digital printing onto fabrics is now an accepted means for not only producing bespoke short and sample lengths of printed textiles but longer true production runs are now being printed on a daily basis.With systems capable of handling every fabric including cottons, silks, wools, polyesters plus specialist and technical fabrics our unique expertise and textile printing background allows us to offer a âturn-keyâ solution for a myriad of applications.
Our in-depth knowledge of ink chemistries, textile finishing requirements, fabric pre-treatments, etc. gives our customers the assurance that they are working together with a partner that understands the various techniques associated with digitally printing onto textiles and we will help to optimize any investment in digital technology.
Textile digital printing systems can be utilized for a wide range of applications including household textiles, fashion, accessories, flags & banners, sportswear, exhibition graphics, soft signage to name but a few. Textile dyes including reactives, acids, pigments and disperse both for direct and indirect (sublimation process) can all be used in conjunction with a range of systems to suit various levels of production requirements. Soft signage using water based textile dye is a big growth area with the environmental concerns of using solvent inks in the point of sale market place.
Not only are water based inks far more environmentally sound but they also offer far more vibrant colours and a vastly superior product to the end user. With the latest generation of machines now capable of printing up to 320cm wide at superb high resolutions, more and more customers are seeing the benefits of turning to water based textile ink technology for their super wide digital printing requirements. A key part of digital printing onto textiles is the textile itself.
RA Smart has developed a range of pre-treated fabrics specifically coated for the digital process, from light-weight fashion silks through to heavy cotton canvas and linens. All of our fabrics are available from stock at our warehouse and we can even pre-treat customersâ own fabrics subject to minimum quantities.
RA Smart offers a choice of dedicated textile finishing equipment for use in conjunction...
Here in CA it is saturated.
My friend bought a simple screen printing machine some time ago and has not made back his investment.
The problem is, actual screen printing shops have the more sophisticated presses and can work in volume better than a little guy, so even if you get a few small sample orders once they go to full production they probably will not need your services.
Plus the most savvy shirt makers source their screen printers on the internet, and I'm not just talking about Cafe Press--when my bro needed cool promo t-shirts he found a printer that could do gold metallic and used American Apparel t's in really cool cuts that were super popular among his indie fans