I knew the day would finally come when Kornit would make an affordable (clear throat, hide wallet) Garment Printer. I mean...let's just say it's less than any of their other models. Here is what I hope
I'm hoping that it has the same level of quality and performance...it sure looks like it does. The new printer is called Kornit 921 Breeze, and is can be operated from any computer, laptop or desktop, without the need of an air compressor..yah finally. The Kornit Breeze 921 is industrial and yet designed to allow garment decorators to use all of their purported high-end technology benefits at entry-level costs. The printer uses Kornit`s proprietary pigmented ink and the Kornit QuickP Ripping application.
The Kornit Direct on Garment printers are and have always been an excellent printer..but I would not say the inks are affordable. They say that State of the Art technology has been used to manufacture these printers (well, I hope they're not put together in the basement of Scott Fresners house. The machines have been designed and built from the ground up using a box beam frame that virtually eliminates vibration, linearized electro-magnetic motors for optimal efficiency and low maintenance, Spectra printing heads that are manufactured for industrial use and an innovative, yet simple ink system. (man...that does sound juicy)
As with any garment printer on the market...the Kornit printer is designed to be operated by one person without any need for film, screens, etc. There are no set up costs. Tests can be immediately evaluated and changes implemented without delay.
Garment decorators can earn substantial profits imaging short and medium size runs. Kornit has developed a unique garment ink specifically formulated for digital printing that delivers superior results not seen in the market today. The water based CMYK and White inks work in combination with a wetting solution during the curing process, causing the pigments of the ink to stick to the fabric. This special ink can be printed on many types of fabric (up to two inches thick) that can stand traditional curing conditions, such as 100% cotton, cotton/poly blends, Lycra, silk, canvas, linen, etc. Wash fastness of the ink is very good with an ISO rating of 4 on a scale of 5 (the same as plastisol inks). The inks are highly stretchable, non-cracking and have a soft hand. The white ink is used as base layer for the CMYK inks and also as a Super White highlight. Well.....that all sounds good to me......who's the first person going to be that buys it!