Digital textile printing is getting some new ink.
Kornit Digital, a leading digital textile printer, has launched a new discharge ink for its Kornit Avalanche DC Pro direct-to-garment (DTG) printing system. The technology generates “unique digitally-printed garments which have a natural feel when touched – which is exactly what the fashion industry is looking for.” Graphic Arts reported it also enables garment decorators grow into other markets and reach higher revenues and margins.
“Textile printing businesses seeking to enter the fashion industry can now print on dark garments without a white-layer base, thereby creating a soft, natural feel on the garment,” said Kobi Mann, Kornit Digital’s director of application and consumables. “By drastically reducing the amount of white ink and eliminating the need for pre-treatment fluids, the Avalanche DC Pro expands printing capabilities and creates a competitive advantage in today’s demanding fashion-oriented market.”
The new ink doesn’t need special handling or mixing, and remains stable in the printheads for up to a year. The Kornit Avalanche DC Pro has additional printheads that allow printers to bleach and dye a dark garment’s molecules and provides a base for CMYK printing without a white base layer. The end result is a smoother, more natural feel and finish, Graphic Arts explained.