Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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ADVANCEMENTS IN TEXTILE PRINTING Grand-format machines make impressive strides in image quality 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. G R A N D - F O R M A T T E X T I L E P R I N T I N G I t is no secret that more and more commerical graphics pro- viders and sign shops are getting into digital textile printing. Not only are printed textiles in huge demand, particularly in the retail signage, trade show and exhibit markets, but in the custom clothing industry as well. The industry has made great strides in the past two years, with increased speeds, better inks and printheads, improved material handling systems, transfer and direct-print options. Many grand- format textile printer manufacturers have gone that extra step and also include an in-line calendar system in the unit so that small shops in particular don't have to take up valuable floor space with two large pieces of equipment. Mike Syverson, director of special projects for Printer Evolution at Global Imaging Inc. in Colorado, says that grand- format printing has advanced a lot in the past five years for 10-foot-scale machines, but there was a "certain level of qual- ity you couldn't get much higher than that traditional poster/ billboard printing machine." In the past 18 months, "we've had major quality advance- ments at the photographic level for a lot of our equipment. We see that across the board for other manufacturers as well," Syverson says. G R A N D F O R M A T • October 2017 • 23 GRAND FORMAT The D5300 DS from PrinterEvolution is a 5.3-meter dye sub printer with inline cal- ender, the first of its kind in the U.S. (Image courtesy of Global Imaging, Inc.)

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