AATCC and SGIA partner to offer a unique educational conference on Digital Textile Printing (updated October 22, 2016)

AATCC and SGIA partner to offer a unique educational conference on Digital Textile Printing (updated Oct. 22, 2016)

AATCC and SGIA, the Graphic Community Association, have partnered together to offer a unique educational conference. “Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now”, is to be held December 6-7, 2016 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, NC, USA

The program will feature the industry’s most well-known and respected experts presenting topics essential for those involved in digital textiles. The two-dayLogo ATCC and SGIA event will deliver unprecedented content to conference registrants who will leave with a wealth of understanding and inspiration to take back to their respective jobs. Technology, colour management, product performance, testing, design, and more are included in the jam-packed event.

The first day includes a manufacturer’s panel, colour management for digital textiles, finishing, meeting your customer’s sustainability objectives, product testing for quality assurance, and research findings from North Carolina State University College of Textiles. The second day includes designing for digital printing of textiles, fabric factors impacting digital printing, digital print inspiration and design, web-to-print, digital manufacturing, and more!!

Topics and speakers include:

•             Digital Textile Printing Technology Overview—Johnny Shell, Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)

•             Which Ink Do I Use?—David Clark, Huntsman

•             Manufacturer’s Panel Discussion: Durst, Expand/MS, Mimaki, Arioli, Kornit, EFI Reggiani, and SPG

•             Fabric Printing: Color 101—Dave Brewer, Image Options

•             Now that You’ve Printed the Fabric, What Next? Digital Finishing Pitfalls and Opportunities—Steve Aranoff, Mikkelsen Converting Technologies

•             How to Know the Inks and Other Chemicals Will Meet Your Customers Sustainability Objectives—Ben Mead, Hohenstein Institute USA and OEKO-TEX USA

•             Quality Assurance for Printed Textiles—Diana Wyman, AATCC

•             Characterization of Lightfast Dyes for Digital Printing Applications—Harold S. Freeman, North Carolina State University

•             Comparison of Color Gamut and Fastness Properties by Using Disperse and Pigment-Based Inks for Textile Inkjet Printing—Yi Ding, North Carolina State University

•             Pretreatment Optimization for Digital Printing with Reactive Dyes on Cotton Fabric—Katelyn Lee, Cotton Incorporated

•             Surface Imaging: A New Trans-Disciplinary Field of Discipline—Hitoshi Ujiie, Philadelphia University

•             Fabric Factors Impacting Digital Printing—Xingyu Li, North Carolina State University

•             Digital Print Inspiration and Design—Carrie Yates, Cotton Incorporated

•             Designing for Digital—What Can You Do?—Reuben Quesus, Racad Tech, Inc.

•             Delivering Print Ready Jobs & Revenue Directly to Your Digital Textile Printing Service—Steve Smith, DPInnovations Inc.

•             A Vision for Digital Manufacturing—Gart Davis, Spoonflower

•             How Digital Printing Affects Digital Design—Alexander Julian, fashion designer

•             State of Technology—Mark Sawchak, Expand Systems

Award winning textile designer Alexander Julian will share his digital journey, beginning with his first explorations of digital textile printing in 1990. Julian will tell his story and attendees will have the opportunity to see and hear how technology has enabled his business and vision.

Gart Davis, Spoonflower’s CEO, will share his vision for digital manufacturing. Davis will discuss how forces alive in our current market can be harnessed to deliver a more collaborative, environmentally sustainable, and diverse textile industry from the web to main street to high end fashion houses. Based on his experiences as co-founder of Lulu.com and Spoonflower.com, two businesses driven by creative communities and digital manufacturing, Davis will explore how the combination of creative communities, imaging technologies, and on-demand manufacturing are taking shape, as well as some of the challenges. He will share a few examples of the wins and reversals from efforts at Spoonflower and its sister brands, Sprout Patterns and Roostery.

Additional sessions will focus on cutting edge technology, product performance, research snapshot, and designing for digital. The two-day event will deliver unprecedented content to conference registrants who will leave with a wealth of understanding and inspiration to take back to their respective jobs.

“The partnership between AATCC and SGIA for this conference dovetails nicely with both organization’s mission and purpose.” said Johnny Shell, SGIA Vice President of Technical Services. “Each organization compliments the other and I’m very excited to have this opportunity.”

AATCC/SGIA individual and corporate members registering on or before November 21 pay USD 525 (USD 785 for non-members) and will include luncheons, breaks, and a copy of all available presentations.

After November 21, 2016 the registration fee increases to USD 575 for AATCC/SGIA members and USD 835 for non-members. Refunds will be honoured if cancellations are received on or before November 21, 2016. A USD 75 cancellation fee will be charged. No refunds will be given after November 21.  For additional details as available and registration information click here

AATCC, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals, is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

Overnight accommodations are available at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, North Carolina, USA. To make reservations contact the hotel directly and specify attendance at the AATCC/SGIA program to receive the group rate of USD 143.00.  The group rate will be available until 5:00 pm (EST) on November 7, 2016 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honoured.





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