Digital printing VS Screen printing

What is digital printing on fabric?

Digital printing: according to the promotion characteristics of some disperse dyes, the migration paper with decorative patterns is deeply contacted with the textile fabric. Under the condition of operating a certain temperature, working pressure and time, the dye agent is transferred from the printing paper to the textile fabric, and after free diffusion into the interior of the textile fabric, so as to achieve the goal of coloring. For example (polyester cloth, cotton fiber (polyester), nylon, polyester, viscose), the fancy pattern design is keyed into the electronic computer according to the data mode, compiled and solved according to the computer printing color matching and drafting system software (cad), and then the computer system controls the micro piezoresistive ink-jet printer nozzle to immediately spray the special dye solution onto the textile products to generate the required pattern design.


The advantages of digital printing

Environmental protection, low energy consumption, fast production cycle, multiple colors available, high resolution, and suitable for small batch production

Disadvantages of digital Printing

High price, poor color accuracy

Fabric suitable for digital printing

Four side elastic, peach skin velvet, polyester mesh, polyester taffeta, oxford cloth, taslon, canvas.

What is screen printing on fabric?

Screen printing: It is based on the basic principle that the mesh of the screen printing plate is permeated with the slurry, and the mesh of the non screen printing plate is not permeated with the slurry.

Silk screen printing is one of the most commonly used processes for clothing printing patterns. Silk screen printing is a variety of processes due to its different pastes. Understanding the process of silk screen printing can help you know how to use different processes to match the clothing fabric and customize a satisfying personalized clothing when choosing customized clothing.


Advantages of screen printing

Strong adhesion, clear pattern, cheap price, strong breathability, suitable for mass production (such as group clothing customization)

Disadvantages of screen printing

Not suitable for small batch production;

not suitable for the printing of double-layer or multi-layer clothes;

not suitable for too many colors or complex pattern design;

not suitable for clothes with smooth surface.

Fabric suitable for screen printing

The printing position of cotton, polyester, etc. (not oily cloth, not smooth cloth) must be flat.

What is the difference on fabric between digital printing and screen printing?

Applicable printing fabrics are different

Digital printing is suitable for all round elastic, peach skin velvet, polyester mesh, polyester taffeta, oxford cloth, taslon, canvas and other fabrics; Screen printing is applicable to cotton, polyester and other fabrics.

Applicable production volumes are different

Digital printing breaks the defects of screen printing process, simplifies the tedious process, shortens the screen printing process and improves the order cycle. Digital printing is directly printed to the product by computer processing, so there is no need for plate making, and it is suitable for small orders. However, screen printing requires additional plate making, so it is best used in mass order production.

Applicable colors are different

Screen printing ink is thicker than digital printing, so it can show a brighter color. Therefore, screen printing on dark clothes can also be displayed beautifully, while digital printing on light clothes can be better displayed.

Different applicable costs

At present, digital ink-jet printing technology still has the problems of large equipment investment and high ink cost. Due to the high cost of these consumables, the price of digital printing is much higher than that of screen printing.

Work with Sky Swallow and choose any printing method you like

At Sky Swallow, we are proud to support any printing method to manufacture your own brand clothing. Based on our more than 20 years of industry experience, we will recommend the most suitable printing method for your order in the cooperation stage, and can provide samples to help you better understand the printing effect.