Agenda and Content

Tuesday 17/09

13:00 – 13:15 Welcome and introduction

13:15 – 14:15 Material science & chemical pre-treatment

14:15 – 15:00 Pre-treatment in inkjet printing

15:00 – 15:30 Break

15:30 – 16:30 Inks and ink formulation

16:30 – 17:00 Sustainability aspects


Wednesday 18/09

13:00 – 14:15 Studying inks, substrates and their interactions

14:15 – 15:30 Inkjet printing and Inkjet printing machines

15:30 - 16:00 Break

16:00 – 16:30 Post-treatment in inkjet printing

16:30 – 17:00 Sustainability aspects

17:00 – 17:30 Characterisation of textiles and prints


All times are Central European Time (CET)

Thursday 19/09

13:00 – 13:45 Colour & colour calibration

13:45 – 15:15 Sustainability analysis for textile processes and products

15:15 – 15:45 Break

15:45 – 16:30 Microfactories

16:30 – 16:45 FAQ & closing session


Materials: textile substrates, dyestuffs, textile auxiliaries, thickeners, fixation of dyes, new fibres and inks, environmental impact of materials

Textile chemistry and chemical pre-treatment: chemical pre-treatment of textiles, alkaline treatment, bleaching, mercerization, wetting, thermofixation, finishing, environmental impact of pre-treatment

Inkjet pre-treatment: influence of pre-treatment on printing quality, surface tension, hydrophobic and hydrophilic finishing, binders, thickeners, cationic chemicals, dye specific pre-treatment, environmental impact

Inks & ink formulation: ink ingredients, grinding of pigments, dispersions, particle size, viscosity and rheology, surface tension, additives, ink formulation, degassing, ink filtration, functional inks

Studying inks and interactions with textiles: stability testing, surface tension and wetting analysis, analysis of surface tension, dispersive and polar parts of surface tension, prediction of wetting behaviour, ink optimization, emulation of printing process using picodrop dosing system, practical demonstrations

Printing: inkjet printing heads, printing technology and printing parameters, industrial printers, printing resolution, add-on, overprinting, digital printing of functions

Post-treatment: drying and fixation with heat, steaming, fixation with calendar, UV-fixation, LED-fixation, washing

Sustainability aspects: energy and water consumption, selection of inks and fabrics and processes, direct printing, transfer printing, environmental impact, recycling, fixation methods

Characterisation: Surface tension and contact angle, suction velocity, bending rigidity, colour space and colour measurement, contour sharpness/printing quality, fastness properties

Colour management/calibration: colour theory, theory colour linearization and calibration, colour correction, calibration dessin, automated colour measurement, colour management software

Sustainability analysis for textile processes and products: concept of circular economy, LCA concept and examples, MFCA ecological and economical models and analysis, MFCA models for textile processes such as digital printing, weaving, spinning & live demonstration of Umberto LCA , Multicriteria analysis, live demonstration of Promethee tool

Workflow and microfactory: dessin setup, printing software, colour calibration, simulate print & cut, fixation, sewing and assembling


The follow-up practice course will be schedule at the laboratories of DITF in Denkendorf

Block 1: Materials and chemical pre-treatment: textile materials, microscopy, bleaching, alkaline treatment, thermofixation

Block 2: Inks and Inkjet pre-treatment: hydrophobic and hydrophilic treatment, treatment with water absorbing agents, ink formulation, viscosity/rheology

Block 3: Printing: printing with different inks on differently pre-treated textiles, transfer printing, DTF, DTG, sustainability aspects

Block 4: Post-treatment & finishing: thermofixation, steaming, UV-fixation, washing and rinsing of several imprinted textiles, hydrophobisation

Block 5: Characterisation: measuring surface tension and contact angle, suction velocity, bending rigidity, image analysis of printed substrate

Block 6: Microfactory: colour calibration, sustainability analysis, manufacturing an imprinted t-shirt, workflow demonstration

For whom

The “Digital Printing on Textiles” course is open to everyone who wants to learn about the technology behind digital textile printing and specific application requirements. We welcome printers, print service providers, textile manufacturers, suppliers, developers, chemists and all those impacted by the shift to digital production processes. Participants will receive insights in the procedure of inkjet printing on textile materials and accompanying topics such as textile chemistry and pre-treatment, ink formulation, curing techniques, colour management and characterisation of textile materials and printing quality. The participants will be able to decide if and to what extent inkjet printing technologies can be applied in their own production. Participants do not need to have any special previous knowledge.

Speakers and tutors

• Michaela Laupheimer, DataPhysics Instruments
• Michael Nothelfer, Caddon
• Dr Peter Oberschachtsiek, DataPhysics Instruments
• Dr Reinhold Schneider, DITF Colour and Functional Printing
• Dr Jürgen Seibold, DITF Management Research
• Dieter Stellmach, DITF Management Research
• Dr Thomas V. Fischer, DITF Management Research

ESMA Certificate

Participants will receive a certificate after attending all theoretical and practical sessions.


Organised by ESMA

ESMA is the knowledge platform for industrial, functional and specialist printing technologies.

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