The objective of work is to explore the application of small particle size polymer latex systems in ink jet printing on textile substrates. Pigments are incorporated in the latex to give colored inks. The routine of selecting microlatex and nanolatex polymer resins is set up. Particle sizes, surface tension, conductivity and viscosity of selected latices are measured and adjusted to meet the requirements of the printer. The Imaje Jaime 1000 S4 continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer is used to test these formulations. Cotton, silk and polyester/cotton are used as substrates. The printed substrates are evaluated in four aspects, colorfastness, hand, comfort and microstructure. The type of resin and ink formulation are optimized and used to develop a pigmented CMYK ink system.
Olivia Y. Tian, Wayne C. Tincher, "Pigmented Latex System for Ink Jet Printing on Textile" in Proc. IS&T Int'l Conf. on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP15), 1999, pp 196 - 199, https://doi.org/10.2352/ISSN.2169-4451.1999.15.1.art00050_1