Kodak has launched KodaColor, a new ink system developed specifically for direct-to-film (DTF) printing. The American giant said that customising fabrics for garments, accessories, upholstery and soft signage is a growing market that will present it with a ‘significant business opportunity’ going forward.

DTF ink systems can be used with most modified inkjet printers and only involve three simple components: powder, film, and ink.

Kodak added that potential benefits of the technology include the ability to print on a wide variety of fabrics (including natural fabrics, polyester, nylon, rayon, blends and cotton), being able to be up and running with only minimal investment in hardware and more flexibility to accept printing projects.

The company’s new system includes KodaColor powder, KodaColor film and ink specially designed for use in DTF applications. Customers with existing direct-to-garment (DTG) printers have the option to use DTG inks with KodaColor film and powder to add Kodak’s direct-to-film solution to their arsenal.

Kodak says that DTF is an ideal option for print shop owners wanting high-quality fabric prints without the expense of investing in a fully-fledged DTG fabric printing system, or for those wanting to offer additional print projects to their customers on fabrics other than cotton.

Grant French, Kodak’s DTG and DTF product manager, commented on the new system. ‘We are pleased to announce the entry of Kodak into this market, giving more customers access to a high-quality, lower cost business option to create amazing, printed fabric projects.’