Kornit Digital has used its presence at Fespa to preview a new garment decoration technology that offers direct-to-film type capabilities, albeit without requiring separate powder application.

Called Max Transfer, and scheduled for commercial availability in the second quarter of 2024, the technology will allow brands and retailers to expand their garment decoration offerings with a ‘unique hand-feel’, enhanced durability and placement versatility, according to Kornit.

The new technology is an extension to Kornit’s Atlas Max Plus range and is described by Kornit as one of the industry’s first solutions for industrial scale DtF, able to produce hundreds of impressions per hours without the potentially messy post-print powder application and heating process. It’s not clear how this is done but seems likely that an adhesive is applied during or immediately after the printing stage inside the printer, as in the ‘powderless’ DtF introduced by Resolute in September 2023. Details of how the heat transfer and peel stage is achieved were not given.

Kornit also introduced the latest generation of its K-Rip software for image processing, with. focus on colour accuracy and matching across jobs, machines and time.

The company also presented its existing lines, with the Max Plus platform for polyester and other fabrics now incorporating smart curing, flexible pallet sizing, automated calibration and ‘unmatched’ colour consistency. The Presto Max roll fabric printer with NeoPigment Vivid inks was also featured, now able to print ‘brilliant white’ printing on coloured fabrics.