Textile printing technology


Addition of colour partially, according to the designed pattern, onto textile based materials. Processes for adding coloured patterns onto textile materials using printing machines and techniques (rotary of flat bed screen printing or others, heat transfer, inkjet, etc.).

Alternative labels

technologies for textile printing
techniques for printing on textile materials
textile printing technologies
textile printing machines and techniques
technology of textile printing
techniques of textile printing

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Textile printing technology is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Textile quality technician: Textile quality technicians perform physical laboratory tests on textile materials and products. They compare textile materials and products to standards and interpret results.
Textile designer: Textile designers conceptualise textile products considering visual communication and functional performance.
Textile chemical quality technician: Textile chemical quality technicians perform chemical laboratory tests on textile materials and products. They interpret results and support colouration and finishing of textiles.
Finishing textile technician: Finishing textile technicians perform operations related to setting up finishing processes. The finishing processes are the final series of operations that improves the appearance and/or usefulness of textiles.
Textile dyeing technician: Textile dyeing technicians perform operations related to setting up dyeing processes.
Textile machinery technician: Textile machinery technicians set up, maintain, inspect and repair mechanical and computer-controlled machinery used in textile manufacturing such as weaving, dyeing and finishing machines.
Printing textile technician: Printing textile technicians perform operations related to setting up the printing processes.
Textile chemist: Textile chemists coordinate and supervise chemical processes for textiles like yarn and fabric forming such as dyeing and finishing.
Textile printer: Textile printers perform textile printing operations.
Textile product developer: Textile product developers innovate and perform product design of apparel textiles, home textiles, and technical textiles (e.g. agriculture, safety, construction, medicine, mobile tech, environmental protection, sports, etc.). They apply scientific and technical principles to develop innovative textile products.
Textile process controller: Textile process controllers perform textile process operations, technical functions in various aspects of design, production and quality control of textile products, and cost control for processes. They use computer aided manufacturing (CAM), and computer integrated manufacturing (CIM) tools in order to ensure conformity of entire production process to specifications. They compare and exchange individual processes with other departments (e.g cost calculation office) and initiate appropriate actions. They analyse the structure and properties of raw materials used in textiles and assist to prepare specifications for their production, analyse and interpret test data.
Textile technologist: Textile technologists develop and supervise production systems for textiles.
Screen making technician: Screen making technicians engrave or etch screens for textile printing. 
Textile finishing machine operator: Textile finishing machine operators operate, supervise, monitor and maintain the production of textiles finishing machines.
Textile sourcing merchandiser: Textile sourcing merchandisers organise efforts for textile producers from fibre to final products.

Optional knowledge

Textile printing technology is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Canvas goods assembler: Canvas goods assemblers construct products made from a closely woven fabrics and leather such as tents, bags or wallets. Artists also use it as painting surface.




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Last updated on September 20, 2022