Application of dimer acid–based polyamide for xerographic toners for textiles printing



Xerographic printing of textiles was explored. A number of fabrics were printed using commercially available and synthesized polymers as toner vehicles. The polymers were characterized using standard methods (DSC, DMA, tensile tests). The performance of the prints was evaluated using textiles-specific tests (crockfastness, flexural rigidity). It was found that the initial modulus is a reasonable predictor of the performance of the printed fabrics. However, the requirements on toner vehicles for good textile performance (low initial modulus, flexibility) contradict the requirements for production of toner powders by grinding (brittle behavior). © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 81: 2399–2407, 2001