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DIGIFUN: Digital micro-disposal of functionalities on textile for workwear and sportswear

DIGIFUN is a two year European CrossTexNet project, started at September 1st, 2013, and funded by IWT. It is a co-development between ChemStream, VdW-Consulting, FOV Fabrics and TST Sweden in cooperation with the University College Ghent (Hogeschool Gent, Textiel opleidings- & ontwikkelingscentrum, CTO/TO2C) and Högskolan i Boras.

The main project objective is the development of a generic digital technology for micro-disposal of functional fluids on textile substrates intended for workwear and sportswear. The focus of the project lies on the development of novel waterborne superhydrophobic and antistatic inks. On the one hand the inkjet inks will be designed and engineered for high speed printing using drop on demand piezo-printheads and on the other hand to meet the desired functional requirements during the long life cycle of the end-products. The new inks will enable high-speed functionalization, continuous processing and customized production. Digital micro-disposal will have the ability of full coverage or exact localization and patterning of the functionalities. The project aims also the development of a modular printing system, which could be scaled-up on industrial level