Blur invests in Kornit Presto S

The Portuguese company Blur, which garments for high end fashion brands, has installed a Kornit Presto S and a few weeks ago I caught up with the company’s CEO Mariano Dias to talk about this.

The Kornit Presto is a 1.8m wide roll-fed direct to fabric inkjet printer.

Dias started Blur nine years ago with the intention of specialising in the low volume high fashion market. He notes: “So that’s why the Presto is an amazing machine for our business. The quality is very good and works for the quantities that we do, from 500 to 2000 metres, nothing more than that. So one machine like the Presto is the best.”

Before starting Blur he had been running an embroidery company with his wife but became interested in the possibilities of digital print so went to visit another company using a Kornit. He realised that there was very little digital printing in the Portuguese market at that time and started from there. His customers are still mainly from Portugal and he prints mainly onto knitted fabrics for tee shirts and sweat shirts for high fashion brands.

The Presto is a 1.8m wide roll fed machine, designed to print direct to fabric. It uses Kornit’s water-based NeoPigment Robusto ink with a Fixation agent plus a softener. 

It was bought to replace a five-year old Kornit Allegro. Dias says that the Presto is almost three times faster than the Allegro. Five years ago, he looked at all the machines available before settling on the Allegro, which worked so well for him that when it was time to upgrade he opted to go straight to the Presto. He explained: “For my market, and for where I wanted to be, pigment is the best. You just print and dry and then it’s done, where the reactive machines need a lot of other machines, such as the steamer and the dryer. And in my opinion, Kornit is the best, for the colours, the pigments, and now the Presto with the softener, the hand feel is very very good so for my market I think this is the perfect machine.”

He adds: “Sustainability is very important for clients and the Presto is really good. Almost no ink is wasted, and it doesn’t use much electricity, just the gas for the dryer, which all the printers need, but without the use of water which is really important for my clients. Sustainability has become more important for the clients when deciding where to buy print.”

When clients first come they talk about the possibilities of the sustainability. Some years ago when I talk to them about pigment printing they say that pigment does not give good colours. But Kornit has really good colours with pigment and after clients see the first samples, and that the colours are good and the hand feel is good so they decide to print here. This is a more expensive way if the quantities are really big but for smaller quantities this is really good.”

Besides the Presto, Blur also operates five Kornit DtG printers: two Atlas and three Avalanches. He says that they are mainly used to print to dark materials, adding: “It’s because we print to blacks that we think the Kornits are the best.”

Blur also has an embroidery machine and Dias says that some jobs require both embroidery and printing, for example, a graphic printed on the front of a garment and a logo embroidered on the breast.

This is complemented by a Coloreel machine, which colours the thread depending on which colour is needed in real time for the embroidery machine. Dias notes: “It’s really amazing and very different. Now we can go from yellow to white or yellow to black.” 

The company also runs a Zund digital cutter and Dias says that Blur does a lot of jobs with print and cut. “This is the best way for print and cut because you don’t need to put the fabric in the centre, just do a fast calculation of the shrinkage of the fabric in the dryer and you can do the print and cut and match the image to the front and sleeves perfectly. He uses a Caldera RIP but doesn’t need any further software as the clients send the images to be printed. 

You can find further details from blur.pt, and on the Presto from kornit.com.


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