Thesis Featured on RIT Website

So this is so cool! I actually have a video about me on the RIT website. For those of you interested in my thesis work you can get a general idea about what I did. For more specifics on my thesis  please fill out the contact me form under my about page or it will be released via the digital library at RIT in May 2012.

 

 

A Celebration of Innovation in the Arts at RIT

On Friday, February 3rd, Ryne Raffaelle, Vice President for Research, hosted a special event to honor research in the arts on campus, specifically that of CIAS. It was entitled A Celebration of Innovation in the Arts at RIT and was held within the Vignelli Center’s University Gallery. Exhibits showcased many of the schools within the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, including three graduate students within the School of Print Media and the Cary Graphic Arts Library.
Carlos Carzo and Vickrant Zunjarrao showcased their work regarding optical agents in papers and color reproduction when printed and viewed digitally. Both students were lead by Professor Robert Chung, the school’s gravure research professor. Also exhibiting research was me! I showcased my recently completed master’s thesis dealing with consumer perception of inkjet printed textiles. All students were able to meet alumni, fellow researchers within RIT, and the general public to discuss their work and showcase the innovation the School of Print Media has to offer. The event concluded with an evening reception, which included a keynote address by Lorraine Justice, the Dean of RIT’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

 

Brief Analysis of Digital Printing Textile Research

For a break down of my favorite article Measuring Print Quality of Digitally Printed Textiles feel free to download this pdf.

 

The topics of the three papers chosen deal with textiles and printing. The research papers especially focus on textiles and inkjet printing. The topics include image quality on ink jet printed textiles, dyes for digitally printed textiles and evaluations of pigmented inks on digital printers for textiles.After reading the papers, it was found that there has been much research in regards to creating new ways to allow on demand printing textiles to evolve into a production sized operation, as well as ways to integrate digital into the rotogravure market of textile printing.

The paper that stood out the most was the article Measuring Print Quality of Digitally Printed Textiles (Kai 548). The article deals with the quantitative methods for evaluating print quality of the printed fabrics. By evaluating the output, they were able to determine which fabric maintained the best image quality for this process. Thermal Ink Jet Printing of Textiles details research into the requirements of textiles as it relates to results of a modified printer for thermal ink jet (Hunting 568). Finally, the Evaluation of Pigmented Ink Formulations for Jet Printing onto Textile Fabric provides insight into the methods of pigment dispersion to have it successfully move onto the fabric (Daplyn 307).

When looking at all three papers there is a great emphasis on digital textile printing in laboratory environments. Since most of the hypothesis in the articles were proven correct, it would be interesting to see these experiments replicated at a production scale. Another area not explored that may be of benefit for further research is a subjective evaluation, done by the consumer, to see if the fabric that was chosen to be the best quantitatively is also the best qualitatively. There seems to be no such study in the field. If it can be determined what digital printed textiles consumers prefer, it may help direct the development of textile friendly ink jet substrates.

 

References:

Daplyn, S., & Lin, L. (2003). Evaluation of Pigmented Ink Formulations for Jet Printing onto Textile Fabrics. In Pigment and Resin Technology (Rep. Tech. Vol. 32 No. 5). England: ABI/‌INFORM Trade and Industry.

Hunting, B., Derby, S., Puffer, R., & Loomie, L. (1999). Thermal Ink Jet Printing of Textiles. In Recent Progress in Ink Jet Technologies II (Rep. Tech No. 5). Springfield, VA: Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Tse, M.-K., Briggs, J. C., Kim, Y. K., & Lewis, A. F. (1999). Measuring Print Quality of

Digitally Printed Textiles. In Recent Progress in Ink Jet Technologies II (Rep.Tech. No. 1). Springfield, VA: Society for Imaging Science and Technology.

Growth in Digital Fabric Printing

Image of a Printer from First2Print

I recently had the chance to read this article posted by the Fabric Graphics Magazine on the reasons for the growth of digital fabric printing.Even from the start of my thesis, I have noticed a large growth in the options for the printer in the range of substrates for digital fabric printing but I still believe there is challenges when it comes to the production speed of the digital printers versus that of the traditional printing methods for fabric. However, digital fabric printing would be AWESOME for designers who are starting out in the industry and need a short run of fabric. You can find the full article here from FGM:http://fabricgraphicsmag.com/articles/0911_ee_digital_growth.html.