Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now Conference


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Registration is “SOLD OUT”.
Please email Kim Nicholson to be added to our waiting list.

Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now

December 6-7, 2016
Sheraton Imperial Hotel
Durham, N.C., USA

AATCC and SGIA have partnered together to offer a unique educational conference. Digital Textile Printing: The Future is Now, is being held December 6-7 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, North Carolina.  The program will feature the industry’s most well-known and respected experts presenting topics essential for those involved in digital textiles. The 2-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. Technology, color management, product performance, testing, design, and more are included in the jam-packed event.

The first day includes a manufacturer’s panel, color 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, 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

“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.”

Program Timetable

Registration Info 

Registration is “SOLD OUT”.  Please email Kim Nicholson to be added to our waiting list.

AATCC/SGIA individual and corporate members registering on or before November 21 pay US$525 (US$785 for nonmembers) and will include luncheons, breaks, and a copy of all available presentations.  After November 21 the registration fee increases to US$575 for AATCC/SGIA members and US$835 for nonmembers.

Note to SGIA Members: When registering online select the “Register as a Non-member” button; click on the dropdown arrow by “Select Price” and click SGIA member then continue the registration process.

Refunds will be honored if cancellations are received on or before November 21, 2016. No refunds will be given after November 21. A US$75 cancellation fee will be charged.

Tabletop Exhibit Opportunities

You are invited to join us as a tabletop exhibitor at our evening reception on Tuesday, December 6.

The tabletop exhibits will be open during the reception from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Each exhibitor will be provided with a 6’ draped table for displaying their products and services.  Displays need to be confined to the surface of the tabletop.  The fee for the tabletop is US$300. Please return the completed form to reserve your tabletop.  In order to sponsor a tabletop display you must be registered to attend the program.

Hotel Accommodations

Sheraton Imperial Hotel
4700 Emperor Blvd.
Durham, North Carolina  27703

Click on the link above or contact the hotel directly and specify attendance at the AATCC/SGIA program to receive the group rate of $143.00.  The group rate will be available until 5:00 pm (EST) on November 7 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Once the room block is filled the group rate will NOT be honored.

Please note: The Sheraton Imperial is a smoke free property.  The hotel will post a $200 cleaning fee to the account of any guests who smoke in their guest room.