Agenda and Content

Content of the Practical and Theoretical Blocks


Materials: Textile substrates, dyestuffs, textile auxiliaries, thickeners, fixation of dyes.

Textile chemistry: Chemical pre-treatment of textiles, alkaline treatment, beaching, mercerization, wetting, thermofixation, finishing.

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

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

Printing: Inkjet printheads, 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.

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

Colour management and calibration: Colour theory, colour calibration theory, colour space, colour correction, calibration dessin, automated colour measurement, colour management software.

Workflow and Microfactory: Setup of a dessin, printing software, colour calibration, print and cut simulation, fixation, sewing and assembling.



Textile pre-treatment: Bleaching, alkaline treatment, thermofixation.

Inkjet pre-treatment: Hydrophobic and hydrophilic treatment, treatment with water absorbing agents.

Printing: Printing with different inks on differently pre-treated textiles, printing of functional inks.

Post-treatment: Thermofixation, steaming, UV-fixation, washing and rinsing of several imprinted textiles.

Characterisation: Measuring surface tension and contact angle, suction velocity, bending rigidity, color measurement, image analysis of printed substrates.

Microfactory: Manufacturing of an imprinted T-shirt, demonstration of workflow.


Tuesday 6 until Friday 9 October 2020 | Denkendorf, Germany

Tuesday 6/10

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Welcome and introduction

14:00-15:15 Material science 

15:15-16:15 Chemical pre-treatment and textile chemistry

16:15-16:45 Coffee break

16:45-18:00 Pre-treatment in inkjet printing

Wednesday 7/10

8:30-9:45 Inks & ink formulation

9:45-10:00 Coffee break

10:00-11:00 Printing, printing parameters and inkjet printers

11:00-12:00 Post-treatment

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Training (Part I: chemical pre-treatment, inkjet pre-treatment, printing, post-treatment: fixation and washing)

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-18:00 Training (Part II: chemical pre-treatment, inkjet pre-treatment, printing, post-treatment: fixation and washing)

Thursday 8/10

8:30-10:00 Characterisation of textiles and textile prints

10:00- 10:15 Coffee break

10:30-12:00 Colour management and colour calibration

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-14:45 DITF tour

14:45-15:15 Coffee break

15:15-18:00 Training (Characterisation of textiles and printing results)

Friday 9/10

8:30-9:45 Workflow in Microfactory

9:45-10:15 Coffee break

10:15-12:00 Training in Microfactory

12:00-13:00 Lunch

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. In addition, the workflow in digital printing will be shown in a Textile Microfactory environment. 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

• Dr Reinhold Schneider, DITF-ITCF
• Dieter Stellmach, DITF MR
• Alexander Artschwager, DITF-MR

ESMA Certificate

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

The maximum number of participants is limited to 17-21 due to the number of laboratory stations and rooms (max. five participants per station)

Organised by ESMA

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

In cooperation with


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