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Title:
FABRIC PRINTING ON NESTED PATTERNS, AND ASSOCIATED PRINT SYSTEMS AND PRODUCTS THEREOF
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2019/070937
Kind Code:
A4
Abstract:
Disclosed are methods that couple effective nesting of fabric, as part of a textile cutting process, in which designs and/or graphic elements are directly printed on the nested elements, instead of on the entire textile sheet. Embodiments of the invention can address issues of waste and redundant printing, such as by starting with a blank textile roll, and printing only in the geometry areas of the patterns. Embodiments of the invention can increase fabric yield, because there are no constraints between the pattern geometries and the textile sheet print.

Inventors:
LANDAU, Asaf (14 Amal Street, Afek Industrial Park, 50 Rosh Ha''ayin, Ha''ayin, IL)
GRINFELD, Ron (14 Amal Street, Afek Industrial Park, 50 Rosh Ha'ayin, Ha'ayin, IL)
DZIESIETNIK, Ghilad (6750 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA, 94555, US)
ALROY, Guy (14 Amal Street, Afek Industrial Park, 50 Rosh Ha'ayin, Ha'ayin, IL)
Application Number:
US2018/054310
Publication Date:
July 11, 2019
Filing Date:
October 04, 2018
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
ELECTRONICS FOR IMAGING, INC. (6750 Dumbarton Circle, Fremont, CA, 94555, US)
International Classes:
B26D5/00
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
GLENN, Michael, A. (Perkins Coie LLP, P.O. Box 1247Seattle, WA, 98111-1247, US)
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Claims:
AMENDED CLAIMS

received by the International Bureau on 27 February 2019 (27.02.2019)

REPLACEMENT CLAIMS:

This listing of claims will replace all prior versions, and listings, of claims in the present application:

1. A process for printing fabrics, comprising:

defining one or more cut patterns, each corresponding to parts for a product; creating a graphic design of the product;

nesting the graphic design and the cut patterns to define positions with respect to a fabric, to output a nested graphic design for printing on the fabric;

printing the nested graphic design on the fabric to produce a printed fabric having one or more nested patterns; and

outputting the printed fabric having the one or more nested patterns; wherein the one or more nested patterns are scalable.

2. The process of claim 1 , wherein the nested patterns are optimized into different groups.

3. The process of claim 2, wherein the different groups correspond to the same or different designs on the fabric.

4. The process of claim 2, wherein the different groups are used for different colorways on the fabric.

5. The process of claim 2, wherein the different groups are used different sizes on the fabric.

6. The process of claim 1 , further comprising:

printing reference marks on the fabric; and

placing and positioning the printed fabric for cutting, using the reference marks.

7. The process of claim 1 , wherein the product is a garment.

8. The process of claim 1 , wherein at least a portion of the creating the design is performed before, after, or in conjunction with the defining of the cut patterns.

9. The process of claim 1 , wherein the graphic design defines the any of imaging, graphics, or colors for the product.

10. The process of claim 1 , wherein the graphic design is based on a repeated pattern.

11. The process of claim 1 , wherein the graphic design is based on multiple colorways.

12. The process of claim 1 , wherein the position of the cut patterns is optimized for minimum material usage.

13. The process of claim 1 , wherein graphic elements of the created graphic design are positioned, rotated, or scaled within the nested design.

14. The process of claim 1 , further comprising:

storing the created graphic design and the cut patterns; and

outputting the created graphic design and the cut patterns for any of the nesting or for direct printing.

15. The process of claim 1 , further comprising any of:

color matching calibration for the printing on the fabric; or

raster image processing (RIP) for the printing on the fabric.

16. The process of claim 1 , further comprising:

cutting the output printed fabric having the nested patterns, based on the cut patterns, to create the parts of the product.

17. The process of claim 16, further comprising:

sewing the parts together to create the product.

18. A system, comprising:

a design module configured for:

defining one or more cut patterns, each corresponding to parts for a product; and

creating a graphic design of the product;

a mechanism configured for nesting the graphic design and the cut patterns to define positions with respect to a fabric, to output a nested graphic design for printing on the fabric; and

a printer configured for printing the nested graphic design on the fabric to produce a printed fabric having one or more nested patterns; and

wherein the output printed fabric includes the one or more nested patterns; wherein the one or more nested patterns are scalable.

19. The system of claim 18, wherein the nested patterns are optimized into different groups.

20. The system of claim 19, wherein the different groups correspond to the same or different designs on the fabric.

21. The system of claim 19, wherein the different groups are used for different colorways on the fabric.

22. The system of claim 19, wherein the different groups are used different sizes on the fabric.

23. The system of claim 18, wherein the printed is configured for printing reference marks on the fabric;

wherein the output printed fabric can be placed and positioned for cutting, using the reference marks.

24. The system of claim 18, wherein the nesting of the graphic design and the cut patterns is performed by the design module.

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25. The system of claim 18, further comprising:

a digital front end (DFE) for the printer for receiving and processing the nested graphic design.

26. The system of claim 18, wherein the nesting is performed by a digital front end (DFE) associated with the printer.

27. A fabric product produced by a process, the process comprising:

defining one or more cut patterns, each corresponding to parts for the fabric product;

creating a graphic design of the product;

nesting the graphic design and the cut patterns to define positions with respect to a fabric, to output a nested graphic design for printing on the fabric;

printing the nested graphic design on the fabric to produce a printed fabric having one or more nested patterns;

outputting the printed fabric having the one or more nested patterns;

wherein the one or more nested patterns are scalable;

cutting the output printed fabric having the nested patterns, based on the cut patterns, to create the parts of the product; and

sewing the parts together to produce the product.

28. The fabric product of claim 27, wherein the nested patterns are optimized into different groups.

29. The fabric product of claim 28, wherein the different groups correspond to the same or different designs on the fabric.

30. The fabric product of claim 28, wherein the different groups are used for different colorways on the fabric.

31. The fabric product of claim 28, wherein the different groups are used different sizes on the fabric.

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32. The fabric product of claim 27, further comprising:

printing reference marks on the fabric; and

placing and positioning the printed fabric for the cutting of the output printed fabric, using the reference marks.

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