Creative Materials has introduced an electrically conductive screen printable silver/silver-chloride medical ink designed for difficult-to-print substrates such as silicone, polyolefin fabrics, and fluoropolymers. The silicone-based ink system, named 126-49, offers flexibility and stretchability, and is said to maintain electrical properties when the final printed product is bent, creased, or stretched. The company says it has excellent resistance to hydrogels with high salt content and withstands temperatures up to 325 C.
Corel has released CorelDraw Graphics Suite X8, the newest version of its graphics software package. The update is now compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10, including multimonitor viewing and pen and touch support on Windows 10 devices. Additional features include:
The Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), enacted in August 2008, is still causing a great deal of confusion among specialty printers who manufacture children’s products. Many misunderstand what the regulatory puzzle means and who is responsible for which piece. Amendments that were passed in August 2011 did little to clarify the matter. And the CPSIA isn’t going away.
Roland has introduced the Texart XT-640, a 64-in. dye-sublimation printer for creating transfer graphics for fashion, sports apparel, and more. Roland’s dye-sublimation technology has also been Oeko-Tex Class 1 certified for safe use on products intended for babies and toddlers.
For screen-printing firms who are interested in exploring the potential of the vast, expanding market of wearable technology, industry consultant Ray Greenwood offers these tips:
Quality screen printing of apparel begins with the garment itself. The garment impacts every other variable in the process, and understanding how it does so is central to achieving the best possible result. Stitch count, finish, weight, thickness, and fabric properties such as the potential for dye migration and heat sensitivity, as well as the material’s construction and color, all affect the print, and need to be considered in the production process.
OE-A has revealed the 20 finalists for its annual organic and printed electronics competition.
ITMA is the major international exhibition of the textile industry’s equipment, tools, and materials, and while it’s held just once every four years, its technologies are rapidly easing into both screen and digital printing markets. Held last November in Milan – the urban powerhouse of fashion and fabric – ITMA featured a global span of manufacturers and suppliers displaying the full range of textile machinery, innovations, and software.
FlexTech will host a workshop on smart materials April 13 at the Kent State Hotel & Conference Center in Kent, Ohio. Technology experts will discuss the manufacturing and synthesis of smart materials across the automotive, consumer goods, and medical industries; attendees will have the chance to explore developments in polymers, nanomaterials, smart surfaces, and other highly functional materials.
In the late 1980s, corporate America took a sudden, keen interest in garment screen printing. Brand owners and the garment mills that cranked out the blank goods began to appreciate the immense marketing potential of licensed apparel, and both groups wanted bigger pieces of the pie. They acquired many of the largest sportswear printers, but the recession of 1991 deflated lofty growth expectations; then NAFTA and its cost efficiencies proved too tempting, so off the high-volume work went to places where labor was cheap.