Behavior of prepared-for-print fabrics in digital printing

Traci May-Plumlee, Ji Hyun Bae

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Engineered print design for sewn products can reduce material waste and facilitate customized design of textile products. But, digital printing systems must produce output reliably and consistently for integration into a production process. This study examined changes in dimension and grain alignment of digitally printed and post-treated prepared-for-print (PFP) cotton fabric. Following post-treatment, substantial shrinkage and some skewing of the printed design was found. Furthermore, dimensional change results from one fabric were not predictive of results for a second fabric. These performance concerns impact end product quality and adaptability to the production environment Future work should focus on delineating an optimum set of pretreatment conditions for PFP fabrics that will result in proper grain orientation and minimal, predictable shrinkage.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar 1



  • Digital textile printing
  • Engineered Print Ink jet printing
  • Prepared-for-print Fabric
  • Print Design
  • Printing Quality

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