Silicones: Expanding opportunities for textile screen printers
Manual screen printing represents a large growth opportunity for
manufacturers of sportswear and casual apparel. Recent advances in silicone
textile printing inks are enabling screen printers and brand-name apparel
manufacturers alike to make the most of this opportunity.
The new inks enable screen printers to produce durable, high-quality screen
printing that looks great, feels soft, and is wash resistant. The ink has high
elongation (good stretch and recovery properties), so it is well suited for use
on fabric with 15-20 percent spandex content.
Traditional inks can require 12-15 layers to achieve optimal coverage.
Screen printers can achieve the same effect with only three layers of the new
silicone inks. The result is a less bulky finish, lower material usage, faster
production cycles, and labor cost savings.
The new silicone textile printing inks do not contain the organotin,
phthalate, formaldehyde, PVC, or solvents common to some other printing inks.
So they are safer for workers and the environment.
The new inks can be easily applied using existing manual equipment.
Learn more about silicone
textile printing inks from Dow Corning.