VAT dye formulations for Inkjet Printing of Textiles

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Creative Industries
Creative Industries

University: Heriot Watt University

Sector(s): Creative Industries, Chemical, Creative Industries, Engineering & Manufacturing, Materials, Other

About Opportunity:

Cotton or poly-cotton textiles are often dyed or printed with VAT dyes especially for high performance/ techncial applications. However, inkjet printing with VAT dyes remains problematic and here we offer a range of water based solubilised VAT dyes with appropriae physical and viscosity characteristics for inkjet printing.

Key Benefits:

  • Solubilized Vat Dyes at viscosity/ solids suitable for Inkjet printing
  • Long term stability - less nozzle blockage
  • Range of colors available


  • Inkjet Printing of textiles & garments
  • Dyeing of textiles using VAT dye formulations

IP Status:

US & GB patents pending with a priority filing date of June 2010.

Relevant publication: "Digital Inkjet Dyeing & Printing of Textiles with VAT dyes", NIP26: 26th International Conference on Digital Printing Technologies and Digital Fabrication 2010,pp.673-675, Austin Tx.

Technology was developed with funding from the EU Framework 6 project: "Digitex".

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