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EPSRC Reference: GR/N21826/01
Title: DIGITAL JET PRINTING ON TEXTILES
Principal Investigator: Gaskell, Professor PH
Other Investigators:
Comyn, Dr T Lin, Professor L Dixon, Mr D
Jimack, Professor PK Tavernor, Dr A Thompson, Professor H
Dehghani-Sanij, Professor AA King, Professor T Burkinshaw, Professor S
Lewis, Professor D
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Brook International CHA Technologies Coats Viyella
Franklins Textiles Ltd Guilford Europe Ltd Leeds Group plc
Marks & Spencer plc Samuel Bradley Ltd Veebeetech
Yorkshire Colours plc Zephyr Racing Pennants Ltd
Department: Sch of Design
Organisation: University of Leeds
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 September 2000 Ends: 31 August 2003 Value (£): 763,599
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Manufacturing Machine & Plant
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Manufacturing
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The programme has four main technological components and an integrating one: Droplet generation and deposition fundamentals will be investigated using advanced CFD techniques, validated by physical testing and high speed visualisation; initially for existing ink & printhead parameters and subsequently for new ink rheologies and printhead constructions.Existing jet-printing inks/dyestuffs will be characterised for light-, wash- and rub-fastness and colour gamut, with a range of textile materials and constructions. Optimised inks/dyestuffs will be developed, alongside appropriate in-line fabric pre-treatment and post printing fixation processes.CFD and dyestuff formulation results will inform research into optimised piezoelectric printhead constructions which will be built and tested.Novel printing machine configurations will be researched which will incorporate machine-visual error checking and correction, using a dynamically re-configurable multi-head architecture, to give increased printing speed and accuracy, allowing effective lights-out operation.Integrating research will first provide a 'foresight' component, defining needs and opportunities for commercialisation of jet printing to inform the technology research and then produce an automated demonstrator e-commerce printing system to integrate and exhibit technology developed by the project.
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