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Pigment screen and colour jet printing of textile materials under ultraviolet (UV) and electron beam (EB) curing systems

A new process for textile printing under ultraviolet (UV) and/or electron beam (EB) curing has been investigated, and complete data concerning formulations for screen and ink jet, curing parameters and printing quality on cotton and cotton polyester web are available. Prototype lines (UV and EB) were constructed. Their experimentation provided a complete process cost evaluation under industrial conditions.

Since the screen printing process uses nonthermal curing, it is intended to exploit this for printing polyolefinic materials (polyethylene and polypropylene).

The ink jet printing process has many advantages over traditional screen printing. An assessment is to be carried out focussing mainly on the colour matching capabilities of the process and on industrial printing conditions.

It is expected that the new water dispersible and UV curable oligomers will also find applications in wood or paper coatings, lithographic inks, etc.

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Institut Textile de France
Avenue Guy de Collongue
69132 Ecully
France
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