The Printing Lab

In this lab, developing a print is done either by screen printing, transfer printing or digital printing. Digital printers use reactive inks for prints on cellulose-based fibres, silk and wool.

Transfer prints are made by printing the pattern using a sublimation ink.  The ink is then transferred using a heat press. In screen printing, a template is made from a sketch. Long printing tables facilitate the planographic printing of textiles of up to ten meters in length. There are a number of different printing techniques available, such as ausbrenner, reservage and etch printing. If you are looking to develop pleated materials, we possess a pleating cabinet that can be heated to 140°C. After printing, it is possible to fix the prints in a large oven, in which materials can be either hung on a rack or fixed in a steam tube dryer.

Examples of what has been developed

Materials that change colour and pattern at different temperatures.