Sign & Digital Graphics

January '17

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • January 2017 • 33 DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS A s the demand for more versatile, printable fabrics increases, textile companies are devising new fabric coat- ings that meet that need, from adhesive and fire-resistant coatings to coatings that allow shops to print on the fabric with any type of digital printer, includ- ing latex. Wall coverings, soft signage and trade show exhibits are just a few of the mar- kets driving the demand for better print- able fabrics. Adhesive Fabric Photo Tex Group, Inc. takes credit for starting the removable polyester fabric industry. "We came out with it. It revolution- ized getting away from the vinyl," says Walter Gierlach Jr., president of Photo Tex Group. He says it all started when he was searching the Internet in 2004 and P R I N T A B L E F A B R I C T E C H N O L O G Y e Burgeoning Field of Today's textiles adapt and grow with modern print- ing technology B Y P A U L A A V E N G L A D Y C H Paula Aven Gladych is a freelance writer based in Denver. This wall showcases a variety of Fisher's frontlit fabrics for silicone edged graphics. From left to right: GF 9049 EZ Stretch has resilient stretch with no sagging and is wrinkle free; GF 8864 white/white/ white is very opaque and form fitting with an excellent white point; GF 4080 Heavy Knit is a sturdy fabric that holds deep color registra- tion; ET 9417 Soft Knit is a certified green fabric made from REPREVE recycled yarns and is prominently used in the retail industry.

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