When new buildings are designed and built, architects and constructors must consider the future in terms of climate change. They have a crucial responsibility to design sustainable facades, and energy-efficient structures, and to take active measures that are thoroughly low-carbon (and ideally carbon-neutral). These measures have to take into account the building process, but also, and more important in terms of impact, the use of the building.

Our love for glass in architecture is a clear example. Not too long ago, architects chose fully glass facades as the solution. Simple, elegant, and cost-effective, glass was the first choice for a lot of buildings. But it renders inefficiency in energy use. Full-height glazing lets in a substantial amount of light, but also a great deal of heat, which then requires air-conditioning -itself a generator of heat- to correct this problem.

Nowadays, architects are changing their approach to this matter. New energy-saving sources of light (LED) are reducing the need for attracting as much light as needed into the building, saving a lot of heat buildup. But we still would like to see our world from our building. Through shading constructions, a sustainable facade can prevent a lot of heat from entering the building, reducing the strain on the climate control systems in the building.

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80% heat reduction from solar effects with fabric facades.

A PES/PVC fabric sustainable facade as a flexible second skin around a building is one of the most cost-effective solutions, as it can retain up to 80% of the heat from the sun. It’s a low-cost solution compared to other facade claddings, and it offers a higher degree of customization as the fabrics can be printed with any pattern or design. They are characterized by their lightweight, high durability, flexibility, and resistance to different weather conditions.

Thanks to a shallow ecological footprint, fabric facades are an ideal application to make the building and renovation industry more sustainable. The idea that PVC-containing materials should be excluded in the search for sustainable materials in the construction industry does not apply in the case of polyester/PVC facade mesh. This material has a technical lifespan of 18-30 years. Producers offer recycling programs to process waste and replacement materials fully. And thanks to the temperature control and lighter substructure required, energy and costs are saved. As such, fabric sustainable facade actively contributes to achieving environmental certifications in the construction sector. Think of LEED, HQE, and BREEAM.

More benefits from fabric sustainable facades.

As mentioned above the flexibility offered by fabric facade systems. Depending on the design, the facade mesh fulfills various primary functions, like noise reduction, windshields, and heat shields. But also visual functions as a branding or communication tool. Collaborations with (local) artists that can be applied by print both to the inside and outside of the facade.

Next-generation is taking Nitrogen out of the environment.

At this moment, a pilot project is done by RWTH Aachen University supported by the Institute for Textile Technology Aachen (ITA) on a facade of an ECE office building in Hamburg. This textile sustainable facade has been treated with an additional coating with nano-titanium oxide. The coating binds the harmful nitrogen oxides that pollute the air through car emissions. The act not only binds nitrogen oxides but also helps to reduce the CO2 emission of the 22-year-old building: Studies have shown that this new mesh fabric building envelope can reduce up to 78 percent of the solar cooling loads of buildings in summer.

Textile architecture

Textile Facades

Textile facades printed with our SolidskinTec printing process are the ideal durable fabric facade solution. Our process adds protective properties to the fabric, so your printed product looks great for years to come.

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Deichmann Flagship Store facade

In 2018, Koch Membranen was challenged by the Deichmann Group to create a new fabric facade consisting of as many as five shades of green from the shoe chain’s corporate identity. It was a logical wish from the architect but a difficult task for the installer. After all, the specified technical textile from Serge Ferrari (Frontside View 381 mesh) was not standardly available in these shades of green. The required quantity of each color did not come close to the required minimum for custom production.

Read more
Centre International de Tennis

Printable Technical Textiles was asked by its French partner ACS Production to apply a durable print to the fabric for the front and side walls of the hall, which gives it a unique look with a print that is guaranteed to last at least 10 years!

Read more
Facade artwork for Puma Headquarters

The unique 2,000 m2 facade artwork ‘The Conversation’ has ascended in the trendy neighborhood of Assembly Row in Somerville, near Boston, USA. Commissioned by Design Communications Ltd, Printable Technical Textiles printed the facade textile with their SolidskinTec printing process on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh fabric.

Read more
Nitrogen oxide absorbing facade

Printable Technical Textiles was involved in the world’s first Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade (NOx), installed in Hamburg, Germany. This innovation truly fits our passion for printed technical textiles for long-term use.

Read more
Building wrap for KU13 Sneakerbox

The KU13-Store in Kulmbach opened in September 2018. Printed on our open weave substrates. This interior lights create a playful mix with the graphic designs on the textile facade.

Read more
Textile facade for Schüco International KG

Schüco produces high-end solutions for windows, doors, and facades around the globe. For their head office in Germany, Printable Technical Textiles printed the technical textile for the textile facade mounted on their “FACID” façade system. The result is not only an eye-catching facelift of their office building but also an excellent reference for how the FACID extrusions can be applied. To promote this system, Schüco demanded the highest quality.

Read more
Textile facade for Zuiver Media

For the new office building of Zuiver Media, Poly-Ned installed a sun-resistant textile cladding, resulting in this clean corporate image. The printed facade membrane provides solar protection for the building, favouring energy savings and reducing operating costs. It also ensures the privacy of the occupants of the premises, while maintaining a good vision to the outside. Poly-Ned chose Printable to print the textile with our unique printing and PU coating technique. 

Read more
Curtains for Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Restaurant Schillings

What can printed textile bring to interior architecture? Get inspired by the out-of-the-box thinking of the designers at Inside Outside. This interior design agency, owned by Petra Blaisse, is famous for their creative use of materials in interior design. Their preferred material to work with is soft and pliable to create movement and ever-changing effects. For the brand new build Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf, they created these beautiful custom curtains in the theatre's Restaurant Schillings.

Read more
Tensile architecture for Otto Fuchs KG in Germany

The company Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau approached us to print this 1325 m2 tensile architecture fabric facade on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh with our unique SolidskinTec print en polyurethane fusion process. SolidskinTec makes the print and textile resistant to weather influences such as UV radiation, wind, and rain.

Read more
Textile facade for PIA Automation Headquarters

PIA Automation opened their new plant in Bad Neustadt. A key visual aspect of the new building complex is the branded facade. The frontage showing the corporate identity and slogan 'We Automate Your World' on an 1.000 square meter mesh material that will be visible from a huge distance.

Read more
Facade cladding for NEC Birmingham

For the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (NEC), Base Structures delivered a 3-Dimensional fabric facade cladding and printed over-cladding that are part of the revitalization and redevelopment of the center. The new design has 37 translucent pyramid structures with especially sandwiched panels between the pyramids as a series of vibrant color panels. These colors were carefully designed and also used in the corporate identity. As part of the permanent installation, the perseverance of color is essential to NEC. The unlimited 10 years warranty ensures it will stay in perfect condition for years to come.

Read more
Parking textile facade for City-parkhaus Delmenhorst

Parking garages are enormous buildings built efficiently and with low-cost structures in mind. Often placed in central areas in town, architects struggle to balance cost against the appearance of the construction from the street. More and more, we see that parking textile facade structures solve this dilemma.

Read more
Almere Centrum Railway Station

The central railway station of the city of Almere is one of the main hubs of the region. It will become even more important in the coming years, as Almere is growing and the regional public transport will be extended. ProRail contracted Buitink Technology to replace a great part of the hood with printed textiles. Printable Technical Textiles was asked by Buitink Technology to produce the printed textiles for this project.

Read more
Textile facade branding for AD Delhaize, Merelbeke

AD Delhaize in Merelbeke (Belgium) is an excellent reference regarding the use of architectural substrates for textile facade branding that are needed in custom solid colors (with additional graphics if required). Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

Read more
Technical textiles printed in RAL colors

Printable Technical Textiles offers an answer for architectural substrates needed in custom solid colors. Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

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Large format banners for Partners Healthcare Parking Garage

Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions. After many years of being scattered across more than a dozen offices in and around Boston, Partners HealthCare’s administrative employees are coming together under one roof and that needed a huge parking garage. Printable Technical Textiles was asked to deliver the large format banners for the facade based on the proof of durability in appearance and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Read more
Textile facade for Chateau de la Barbinière

Château de la Barbinière in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre is where design and refinement meet in an unspoilt countryside. The park of 13 hectares deploys its architecture in a natural and calm environment. Attached to the main building, ACS Production made this expansion with a textile facade. The design is in line with its surrounding. It is a clever solution to hide the technical/work area to visitors and keep the area looking pristine.

Read more
Facade architecture for Cheops Technology

Printable Technical Textiles delivered the printed substrate of the textile facade for Cheops Technology located in the periphery of Bordeaux

Read more
Textile Architecture for Charleroi Danse Theatre

The Charleroi Danse Theatre was installed in 2014 and these shots were made in 2018. The facade architecture textile is characterised by its printed surface. Printed on-demand, our substrates achieve the best hard-wearing resistance combined with freedom of choice in design and ideas this is the reason The Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW architecture chose for our membrame.

Read more
Building wrap - Sense City

A good example of our facade fabric. The Sense City climate chamber @ Université Paris-Est. Sense-City is a climate chamber that can cover two 400m² areas. On each of these areas, a portion of territory is built on, called a Mini-City, equipped with many sensors to study the performance of facilities and urban materials, monitor the city of tomorrow by sending appropriate information, study air, water and soil pollution

Read more
Textile facade for Fricke and Saphir

The Fricke - Saphir Building in Bockel, Germany was renewed in 2013 and holds a retail shop for their products. The vulnerability and the exposure to nature were key in this project. Long time relationships between printer, confectioner and producer of the technical textile, lead to the right solution.

Read more
Textile architecture for Cité internationale de la tapisserie

We can hardly think of a better reference than being selected for our textiles for facade architecture of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (Museum of Aubusson tapestry). Located halfway between Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges, this major centre for artistic craft and a skill dating back to the Middle Ages, the Aubusson tapestry was listed as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

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Festivals, food-fests, glampings and campings, we can’t get enough of it. And they all share the same roof… tents. Tents are hot! Be it a gigantic tent for a festival audience or a private textile roof for two. Printable delivers on-demand printed tent fabrics.

Printed event tents are changing to be a creative experience both inside and outside. The design of tents contributes more and more to the creative understanding of what they are used for, both inside and out. Why? Because digital printing offers the opportunity to create stunning one-off tents with custom designs.

Printable Technical Textiles has a proven track record in printing on demand and coating tent materials at affordable prices producing the best-printed technical textiles on demand. We delivered fabrics for enormous double-sided printed projects like the main entrance of Tomorrowland, various printed fabrics for a wide range of alu-tent systems, printed tent canvas for glamping tents, and printed tent materials for small (festival)tents.

We use a wide range of tent fabrics that offer a warranty on appearance and that meet all requirements for fire resistance. Above all, we have the experience and the knowledge of protecting fabric and print against harsh weather and wind conditions. Printable Technical Textiles understands that speed and budgets are just as much part of the work as the creative aspect of this market. We are ready to help you realize your ideas for printed event tents.

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Printed event tents
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Festival tents
Printed festival tents

Isn’t it beautiful? The matching colors of the printed curtain sider and the cabin color make for a unique and impressive identifying image. However, what will it look like in a year after UV radiation and other harsh weather conditions have shown their forces? Well, just as beautiful as it looks now!

Our polyurethane fusion process makes the difference. Whereas most printed side curtains will lose their color intensity within two years, resulting in a disbalance between cabin and curtain, side curtains printed with SolidskinTec are not influenced by the harsh conditions that trucks are exposed to. The SolidskinTec printing process provides a unique degree of gloss. This gloss ensures that the shine on the side curtain is the same as that of metallic bodywork. Our printers are capable of matching any color standard, including automotive paints. The matching colors of the printed truck side curtains and the color of the cabins make for a unique and impressive identifying image. With a truck side curtain printed with SolidskinTec, you are sure the color match will stay accurate for over 5 years.

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Printed side curtains for trucks

Printable Technical Textiles began printing and coating side curtains for trucks 20 years ago. Today, our SolidskinTec printing process has become a household name in this market, with many truck side curtains hitting the road every year. Europe’s major trailer and tarpaulin manufacturers rely on our SolidskinTec printing process for their premium printed side curtains.

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SolidskinTec hits the rail again with Shimms

With rail transportation rapidly gaining popularity as a sustainable alternative to road transportation, the demand for (technically) durable rail vehicles is also growing. So too, are these so-called "Shimmns" for steel coil transport.

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Brasserie Goudale and TSA Transports choose curtainsiders printed with SolidskinTec

Brasserie Goudale (Arques, France) distributes its beer brands with TSA Transports in Calais. Over the past years, both brewer and transporter agreed that they would change their side-curtains to the high-quality standard that our SolidskinTec printing process provides, improving their marketing appearance and durability on the road.

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Picnic delivery vans with SolidskinTec printed side curtains

With a fleet of over 1000 electric vehicles, the successful online supermarket Picnic won the hearts and minds of the Dutch consumer. The eye-catching electric vans with printed sidecurtains with SolidskinTec, address a fundamental flaw in online grocery shopping and delivery; its impact on carbon emissions. We’re happy and proud they chose our printed side curtains with SolidskinTec.

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Test for different curtainsiders of Zandbergen and Ambrosius

Since the introduction of the new corporate identities of Zandbergen and Ambrosius in 2015, about two hundred trucks have been equipped with Solidskin side curtains. A conscious choice: besides SolidskinTec printed curtainsiders, other types of printed truck side curtains have been on the road to test their quality and sustainability. According to Erik Zandbergen, director and fleetmanager, Solidskin offers an unrivaled quality.

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SolidskinTec on the rail

The exposure of materials on trains requires extreme robustness. Besides the challenging conditions the textiles are exposed to, such as rain, wind, and UV-radiation, they must also withstand the copper deposit created by the grinding of the current train collector against the overhead contact line. Very aggressive cleaning methods are needed to remove this deposit from the materials. Our printing technology is dirt resistant and does not break in this challenging cleaning regime.

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Smurfit Kappa with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

In 2010 Smurfit Kappa started driving with side curtains printed and protected with SolidskinTec. Seven years later more than 200 of these curtains are (still) driving and look great with their high-gloss finish and deep black appearance. Smurfit Kappa embraces the sturdy quality and cost-reducing low maintenance of a Solidskin truck curtain.

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Van Houweling Transport drives sidecurtains printed with SolidskinTec

Van Houweling Transport recognizes the importance of the appearance of their car park as a tool for their reputation management. With side curtains printed with SolidskinTec, they can easily maintain their high-quality appearance for years to come.

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FLO Palettes with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

With a fleet of over 50 trailers, FLO Palettes - Groupement FLO chose to print their curtainsiders with SolidskinTec. For many years, these trucks have been a well-known sight in France.

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Estrella Galicia with printed SolidskinTec sidecurtains

Some pictures from our partner TOLDOS URCA, S.L (Spain) for Estrella Galicia on this Kögel Trailer GmbH. The design is printed with our SolidskinTec printing process and is the choice of the strongest brands across Europe. The high-quality print and deep blacks and varnishing effect really make the design stand out and it will for years to come.

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Grupo Logístico Arnedo with printed SolidskinTec side curtains

Grupo Logístico Arnedo is the leading national transportation company in Spain. With printed SolidskinTec side curtains fitted by Toldos Urca, their fleet of 240 trucks is protected against the harsh Spanish sun and heavy roads. The dirt-repellent characteristics also mean that the company can reduce the cleaning program of the curtain-siders.

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Truck side curtains. 8 tips for designers

A full-color truck side curtains are a perfect way to profile a product or service to the public. To create a compelling message and utilize the opportunities to their fullest, there are a few things to consider when coming up with the design. Here are 8 points to consider when designing curtain sides for lorries.

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Any color for your textile facades

PES/PVC textiles come in a limited range of standard colors. Although manufacturers can produce custom colors, the minimum order quantity is significant, and production takes a long time. These factors have brought a lot of restrictions to the creation of textile facades in the past.

Printable Technical Textiles offers an answer for textile facades that are needed in custom solid colors. Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions. A significant benefit of printing the technical textile compared to a textile produced in color is that our SolidskinTec printing process extends the lifespan of the textile making it more durable than the ‘original’ textile! 

Printable Technical Textiles prints on a wide range of solid and open mesh PES/PVC fabrics from renowned technical textile manufacturers, such as Serge Ferrari, Sioen Industries, Mehler Texnologies, and Sattler. Our substrates are delivered with a warranty on the preservation of the color and appearance of the substrate.

The benefits:

  • Any color (system) can be matched
  • No minimum order quantity
  • Fast delivery
  • Competitive prices
  • Unlimited 10-year warranty
  • Wide choice of high-quality PVC coated polyester textiles

textile construction partner
Deichmann Flagship Store facade

In 2018, Koch Membranen was challenged by the Deichmann Group to create a new fabric facade consisting of as many as five shades of green from the shoe chain’s corporate identity. It was a logical wish from the architect but a difficult task for the installer. After all, the specified technical textile from Serge Ferrari (Frontside View 381 mesh) was not standardly available in these shades of green. The required quantity of each color did not come close to the required minimum for custom production.

Read more
Centre International de Tennis

Printable Technical Textiles was asked by its French partner ACS Production to apply a durable print to the fabric for the front and side walls of the hall, which gives it a unique look with a print that is guaranteed to last at least 10 years!

Read more
Rooftop bar canopy Novotel Miami

In the heart of Brickell, one of Downtown Miami’s most popular neighborhoods, you will find the Novotel Miami Brickell. In early 2021 this hotel was completely renovated, and the rooftop deck with swimming pool, lounge, and pool bar got a stunning new look. Printable Technical Textiles was asked to print the fabric for the sunshade roofing of the rooftop bar with its renowned SolidskinTec printing process.

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Facade artwork for Puma Headquarters

The unique 2,000 m2 facade artwork ‘The Conversation’ has ascended in the trendy neighborhood of Assembly Row in Somerville, near Boston, USA. Commissioned by Design Communications Ltd, Printable Technical Textiles printed the facade textile with their SolidskinTec printing process on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh fabric.

Read more
Main Grandstand F1 Circuit Zandvoort

Dutch Circuit Zandvoort underwent a large-scale upgrade in preparation for the return of Formula 1 to the Netherlands. The entire circuit was redesigned to be ready for the future. An important eye-catcher was the renovation of the main grandstand, including a brand new fabric roof.

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Nitrogen oxide absorbing facade

Printable Technical Textiles was involved in the world’s first Nitrogen Oxide absorbing facade (NOx), installed in Hamburg, Germany. This innovation truly fits our passion for printed technical textiles for long-term use.

Read more
Tensile roof open air theater

Visitors of the Brunssum Open Air Theater, in the south of the Netherlands, enjoy the brand new Tensile roof of the theater, which was installed by APR Projects on behalf of Poly-Ned. Local architect Ivo Rosbeek designed the structure, where integration with the environment was essential.

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Sunsails private Villa Jeddah

For Base Structures UK we have produced these unique sunshades for a private residence in the Middle East. In this production the print design is on the inside of the textile to create a unique experience and carry the interior design from the villa out onto the terraces on the outside. The outside of the textile is left white to reflect the sun and keep the terrace cool.

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Building wrap for KU13 Sneakerbox

The KU13-Store in Kulmbach opened in September 2018. Printed on our open weave substrates. This interior lights create a playful mix with the graphic designs on the textile facade.

Read more
Textile facade for Schüco International KG

Schüco produces high-end solutions for windows, doors, and facades around the globe. For their head office in Germany, Printable Technical Textiles printed the technical textile for the textile facade mounted on their “FACID” façade system. The result is not only an eye-catching facelift of their office building but also an excellent reference for how the FACID extrusions can be applied. To promote this system, Schüco demanded the highest quality.

Read more
Textile facade for Zuiver Media

For the new office building of Zuiver Media, Poly-Ned installed a sun-resistant textile cladding, resulting in this clean corporate image. The printed facade membrane provides solar protection for the building, favouring energy savings and reducing operating costs. It also ensures the privacy of the occupants of the premises, while maintaining a good vision to the outside. Poly-Ned chose Printable to print the textile with our unique printing and PU coating technique. 

Read more
Beyond the sustainable facade

A PES/PVC fabric facade as a flexible second skin around a building is one of the most cost-effective solutions, as it can retain up to 80% of the heat from the sun. It’s a low-cost solution compared to other facade claddings, and it offers a higher degree of customization as the fabrics can be printed with any pattern or design. They are characterized by their lightweight, high durability, flexibility, and resistance to different weather conditions.

Read more
Curtains for Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Restaurant Schillings

What can printed textile bring to interior architecture? Get inspired by the out-of-the-box thinking of the designers at Inside Outside. This interior design agency, owned by Petra Blaisse, is famous for their creative use of materials in interior design. Their preferred material to work with is soft and pliable to create movement and ever-changing effects. For the brand new build Schauspielhaus in Düsseldorf, they created these beautiful custom curtains in the theatre's Restaurant Schillings.

Read more
Tensile architecture for Otto Fuchs KG in Germany

The company Hillebrandt Stahl- und Behälterbau approached us to print this 1325 m2 tensile architecture fabric facade on Serge Ferrari’s Frontside View 381 mesh with our unique SolidskinTec print en polyurethane fusion process. SolidskinTec makes the print and textile resistant to weather influences such as UV radiation, wind, and rain.

Read more
Textile facade for PIA Automation Headquarters

PIA Automation opened their new plant in Bad Neustadt. A key visual aspect of the new building complex is the branded facade. The frontage showing the corporate identity and slogan 'We Automate Your World' on an 1.000 square meter mesh material that will be visible from a huge distance.

Read more
Facade cladding for NEC Birmingham

For the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham (NEC), Base Structures delivered a 3-Dimensional fabric facade cladding and printed over-cladding that are part of the revitalization and redevelopment of the center. The new design has 37 translucent pyramid structures with especially sandwiched panels between the pyramids as a series of vibrant color panels. These colors were carefully designed and also used in the corporate identity. As part of the permanent installation, the perseverance of color is essential to NEC. The unlimited 10 years warranty ensures it will stay in perfect condition for years to come.

Read more
Parking textile facade for City-parkhaus Delmenhorst

Parking garages are enormous buildings built efficiently and with low-cost structures in mind. Often placed in central areas in town, architects struggle to balance cost against the appearance of the construction from the street. More and more, we see that parking textile facade structures solve this dilemma.

Read more
Almere Centrum Railway Station

The central railway station of the city of Almere is one of the main hubs of the region. It will become even more important in the coming years, as Almere is growing and the regional public transport will be extended. ProRail contracted Buitink Technology to replace a great part of the hood with printed textiles. Printable Technical Textiles was asked by Buitink Technology to produce the printed textiles for this project.

Read more
Textile facade branding for AD Delhaize, Merelbeke

AD Delhaize in Merelbeke (Belgium) is an excellent reference regarding the use of architectural substrates for textile facade branding that are needed in custom solid colors (with additional graphics if required). Our on-demand printing technique enables us to match any desired color, e.g., RAL colors, quickly produced and for any quantity without restrictions.

Read more
Large format banners for Partners Healthcare Parking Garage

Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based non-profit hospital and physicians network that includes Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, two of the nation's most prestigious teaching institutions. After many years of being scattered across more than a dozen offices in and around Boston, Partners HealthCare’s administrative employees are coming together under one roof and that needed a huge parking garage. Printable Technical Textiles was asked to deliver the large format banners for the facade based on the proof of durability in appearance and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

Read more
Textile facade for Chateau de la Barbinière

Château de la Barbinière in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre is where design and refinement meet in an unspoilt countryside. The park of 13 hectares deploys its architecture in a natural and calm environment. Attached to the main building, ACS Production made this expansion with a textile facade. The design is in line with its surrounding. It is a clever solution to hide the technical/work area to visitors and keep the area looking pristine.

Read more
Fabric roof Busterminal Zwolle

The new bus terminal at Zwolle train station is adorned with a beautifully printed fabric roof. The print is created using the latest photo and print techniques and protected with a unique coating. The canvas, with a total weight of 900 kg, is printed and attached to the steel construction of the hood of 70 x 13 meters. The project was created in close cooperation with Buitink Technology.

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Facade architecture for Cheops Technology

Printable Technical Textiles delivered the printed substrate of the textile facade for Cheops Technology located in the periphery of Bordeaux

Read more
Textile Architecture for Charleroi Danse Theatre

The Charleroi Danse Theatre was installed in 2014 and these shots were made in 2018. The facade architecture textile is characterised by its printed surface. Printed on-demand, our substrates achieve the best hard-wearing resistance combined with freedom of choice in design and ideas this is the reason The Ateliers Jean Nouvel and MDW architecture chose for our membrame.

Read more
Building wrap - Sense City

A good example of our facade fabric. The Sense City climate chamber @ Université Paris-Est. Sense-City is a climate chamber that can cover two 400m² areas. On each of these areas, a portion of territory is built on, called a Mini-City, equipped with many sensors to study the performance of facilities and urban materials, monitor the city of tomorrow by sending appropriate information, study air, water and soil pollution

Read more
Textile facade for Fricke and Saphir

The Fricke - Saphir Building in Bockel, Germany was renewed in 2013 and holds a retail shop for their products. The vulnerability and the exposure to nature were key in this project. Long time relationships between printer, confectioner and producer of the technical textile, lead to the right solution.

Read more
Textile architecture for Cité internationale de la tapisserie

We can hardly think of a better reference than being selected for our textiles for facade architecture of the Cité internationale de la tapisserie (Museum of Aubusson tapestry). Located halfway between Clermont-Ferrand and Limoges, this major centre for artistic craft and a skill dating back to the Middle Ages, the Aubusson tapestry was listed as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Read more

Printed truck side curtains are a perfect way to profile a product or service to the public. To create a clear message and utilize the opportunities to their fullest, there are a few things to consider when coming up with the design.

8 tips for the design for trailer curtains
truck side curtains

Be aware of the medium.

Did you know that a truck side curtains is seen around a million times per month?

Lorries are very large and move through the traffic. That’s why you should try to limit the message to its core. For example, a phone number is more complex to remember than a website or company name. Make a clear decision when it comes to the aim of your message. Is increasing brand recognition more critical, or are you trying to bring a message to the public’s attention?

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The ratchet straps and reflective stripes on truck side curtains

Ratchet straps and the compulsory reflective stripes disrupt the image space and are more susceptible to damage. Therefore, considering this in your truck side curtains design is a good idea. The buckles can tear or come loose on a journey or might not have been closed properly, and the straps might then rub the curtain, causing visible damage. To prevent this kind of mechanical damage to the image, the manufacturer of the side curtain can design the lower part of the full-color image with a strip of colored canvas. It is, therefore, advisable to have as little imagery as possible in this strip or to consciously include the strip in the design.

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The weather strip

A so-called weather strip of about 10 cm is added to the top of the truck side curtains to prevent rainwater from coming in. This fixed part of the trailer covers the opening between the rails and the curtain side. You should allow for a reduction in the image size due to this strip. If the strip is made partially or entirely made of a hard synthetic material, it will cut the full-color curtain side like a knife whenever the curtain is opened or closed. This could damage the image after a while. To prevent this, a dark PVC strip can be welded to the curtain side. This strip is cut without it being noticeable, preventing this from happening to the actual curtain. Ask the manufacturer of your curtain for the well-known details about this.

truck side curtains

The use of color and cabin color in combination with the truck side curtains

Standard truck side curtains are only available in conventional bodywork colors, but it’s the combination of an iconic lorry and trailer color that can create a personal and signature style. The SolidskinTec printing process provides a unique degree of gloss. This gloss ensures that the shine on the side curtain is the same as that of metallic bodywork. Our printers are capable of matching any color standard, including automotive paints. The matching colors of the printed truck side curtains and the color of the cabins make for a unique and impressive identifying image. With a truck side curtain printed with SolidskinTec, you are sure the color match will stay accurate for over 5 years.

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Resolution of images

Producing printed truck side curtains is more than simply printing. The SolidskinTec printing process has been specially developed to enhance the image and protect its appearance. Through our process, colors seem much more intense, and shades of black are much richer due to our polyurethane fusing process. When preparing an image, shades of black must be ‘rich black.’ Bearing in mind the intensifying effect, it is also essential to make the middle tints lighter to increase the contrast.

The technical textiles we use are standard grey on the inside. This is a deliberate choice; the dirt from intensive use is less visible or not visible at all, and the contours of the load can’t be seen when light shines from the side (block-out effect). An additional advantage is that the color intensity of the actual image on the truck side curtains is much greater.

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Left and right sides of truck side curtains

A fact sometimes forgotten is that the direction you drive affects the design. Despite it being easy to apply the same design on both sides of the truck side curtains, in practice, we see that this only works with a centered layout. It’s always worth at least mirroring the design per side and taking a good look at the whole image story.

Resolution

Although the resolution isn’t an issue in the case of a vector design, it can prove to be a challenge for pixel designs on large surfaces. Our printers can process a resolution of 600 dpi, which sometimes makes files extremely large. Our printing software adjusts for this, which means that (with the correct conversion of files) we can work with images as low as 250 dpi at 100% and still achieve a perfect result.

So, you should ensure that the images in the design have this resolution or higher. It is, therefore, sometimes necessary to enlarge the image beforehand. If this enlargement is over 150% of the original image, we advise you to put ‘noise’ or ‘grain’ over the image. This increases the varnishing effect described in photography.

Did you know that SolidskinTec printed truck side curtains has an unrivaled 5-year guarantee on image quality?

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