When we first launched the XDi 3D decorative applications, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Still, we notice that since the concept of XDi is revolutionary, many simply describe it as “3D textile printing.” And while printing multiple layers to create a 3D effect is a focal point for the new technology, there’s much more to it. In this article, we hope to shed light on the different elements and advantages of Kornit XDi, and what it can offer businesses in terms of new markets, unlimited creativity, and process simplicity.
A new dimension for business
In its latest State of Fashion report, McKinsey best described the mood in today’s fashion world by saying, “In this highly tempestuous and increasingly competitive market environment, players across the board will need to reflect carefully (but swiftly) on their next moves.”
Brands and fulfillers already sense the growing competition surrounding them and seek new ways to rise above the noise and become fashion pioneers. The ability to expand one’s offering with new looks and capabilities will determine who will dominate the market and who will be left behind.
The new decorative applications offered by Kornit XDi allow businesses to launch new styles that include multiple effects and unlimited combinations such as threadless embroidery, high-density, vinyl, screen transfer emulations, and much more. Each of these options expands the business and creative playground for brands and vendors, allowing the world’s top fashion brands to dream big with a trusted partner printing their every vision. As the technology’s Product Marketing Manager, Ami Galperin, says, “We are super excited about the potential of XDi, and the ability of its unique premium applications to open new markets for our customers. XDi offers unlimited creative freedom that’s powered by a simple, single-step, digital, and sustainable process.”
A new dimension for creativity
We’ve mentioned the creative vision, and it is truly at the center of Kornit’s XDi. Businesses can design and print any 3D decorative application on-demand, delivering results that are simply impossible without this unique solution. Say goodbye to any creative limitation related to shape, size, color, complexity, and many other design constraints. Once again, we have to agree with Ami that this technology “can turn fulfillers and decorators into visionaries.”
Replace these boundaries with possibilities and opportunities that are no longer complicated to achieve thanks to endless digital thread colors and stitches, halftone images, accurate fine details, fading, or gradation. In addition, Kornit has developed a unique SW tool, the XDi Digitizer, to instantly transform any 2D design into ready-to-print XDi 3D effects and unique textures, manifesting your inspiration at market speed.
A new dimension for the production process
Speaking of the market, the XDi technology transforms existing processes to perfectly fit current market demands and needs. Businesses can replace multiple traditional, complex procedures with a single-step solution that streamlines the printing process and makes it much easier to complete. The setup and file preparation processes move a lot faster, and every step along the way becomes more efficient. Results include shorter lead times, lower operational costs, more flexible skill requirements, and fewer inventory management needs.
Image design complexity doesn’t impact production speed, and businesses can finally rely on their production to tackle any challenge, even when premium, unique decorations are involved. Effects like threadless embroidery deliver results that would have taken hours to reach within minutes. Other procedures eliminate steps related to cutting, weeding, placement, or transfer, reducing labor time by up to 90%. Last but not least, the process is far more sustainable, proving that you can have it all with less waste, energy, and water usage. If this notion gets your creative juices flowing, Kornit XDi will enable a flood of ideas to become beautiful prints and exciting opportunities. So, the next time someone calls XDi a “3D printing solution,” remind them that these dimensions are new business, unlimited creativity, and process simplicity.
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