'Digital microdisposal of functionalities on textile; challenges and opportunities'
Author: Prof. Dr. Marc Van Parys (University College Gent, Belgium)
The digital microdisposal of function inkjet inks will have the ability of exact localisation and patterning of functionalities in (multilayer) textile substrates integrating advanced functionalities often based on nanotechnology and multifunctional materials. Digital microdisposal of functionalities will alter textile economics in terms of production speeds and on demand production. It will unleash the transformation of the textile sector to a knowledge intensive industry that can differentiate by adding value to the users of many fashion and functional clothing, techtextile, attributes (belts, bags, …) and protective equipment. The localization element should enable functional methods that are geared to specific users, uses and body location. The focus is on developing autonomous communicative, visibility and protective functions through monitoring, sensoric and controlled release functions.
However there are still a lot of challenges in the development of adapted inkjet inks combining optimal jetting performance and high quality functionality and fastness properties.