Printing technologies are quite diverse and are used in various applications. In this session we will present our research activities using screen printing, digital printing and 3D printing.

Screen printing is a commonly used technique to print decorative and functional patterns on textiles. Digital printing technologies on the other hand are using lesser quantities of ink compared to conventional methods and are more versatile in changing design.

Centexbel explores both screen printing and digital printing techniques to create

  • bio-based and biodegradable prints on substrates such as textiles and paper with the recently patented bio-based and biodegradable inks
  • and smart textiles based on conductive inks or in-house developed specialty formulations.

Additive Manufacturing (AM) involves a series of techniques to produce objects by adding materials layer per layer.

Centexbel-VKC researches the possibilities of AM or 3D printing to functionalize and to customize conventionally produced textile and plastic objects. To enable a widespread implementation of AM processes in the textile and plastic converting industry, Centexbel-VKC is developing advanced materials such as conductive polymers (e.g. for smart textile applications) and short-fibre reinforced composites.


3D-printing materials for textile and composite applications

Sofie will present Centexbel’s research and development activities in the field of innovative materials for extrusion-based 3D-printing techniques. Our focus is both on sustainability through the use of plastic waste and biobased polymers and on functionalization via conductive additives and short-fibre reinforcement.
Sofie Huysman, Centexbel

Bio-based and biodegradable inks

Willem will show the possibilities of bio-based and biodegradable printing based on PLA and PHA binders and will discuss the patented Hydrosol technology as well as other recent developments. 
Willem Uyttendaele, Centexbel

Printed electronics for flexible and stretchable substrates

Applying conductive inks onto flexible and stretchable substrates is a real challenge. In this presentation Brecht focuses on how to apply fragile silver inks in a washable manner on textiles and he will give an update on where flexible electronics are used on textiles.
Brecht Demedts, Centexbel

Practical Info

This breakfast session takes place in real time!

Questions can be asked both online and by the people physically attending the seminar in Zwijnaarde.

Fees and conditions

Centexbel members: 100 euro

Other participants: 120 euro

The online session will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the session you can order a video link at the same price by contacting Ann De Grijse


Registration no. Centexbel DV.O101549

Your registration is only valid after receipt of our electronic confirmation.
After registration you will receive an invoice for payment, including 21% VAT. Any cancellations must be made in writing. No refunds will be given for cancellations after 5 days before the start of the session. Participants may be replaced by another person at any time. In this case no extra costs will be charged. Please do pass on the change of name.