October 1, 2005 First2Print, a leader in large-format fabric printing services, is collaborating with ESPI Fashion Design to transform original artwork into ready-to-wear swimwear with a sneak peek of the 2006/2007 fashion line at New York's currently running Material World show. Via a combination of three different polyester fabrics, dye-sublimation inks, digital textile printers, and a heat transfer process, First2Print is able to digitally print fabrics that can go straight to the sewing machine, sink, or pool -- for vibrant, non-fading finished goods. What makes this project distinctive is that the entire short-run, production-fabric printing process is digital -- from the digital photo of the artwork design to the printed fabric itself. Unlike screen printed fabrics, which take weeks to complete, or traditional rotary mills, which have a minimum yardage requirement and a long turnaround time, First2Print is able to deliver customized yardage in just days as it is doing for ESPI Fashion Design.
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