Voxel8’s additive manufacturing technology for textiles allows for digital fabrication of functional features with zonal control of material properties, in addition to utilizing elastomers adhering to inkjet technology.
With the acquisition, Kornit plans to explore new lucrative opportunities in the functional apparel and footwear markets.
“Voxel8’s innovative technologies and talent will help us accelerate the execution of our 4.0 strategy to digitize sustainable, on-demand textile production,” says Ronen Samuel, Kornit Digital chief executive officer.
Kobi Mann, Kornit Digital’s chief technology officer, says the integration of Voxel8 technology into Kornit’s products allows the company to shake up various market segments and verticals.
Voxel8 brings direct 3D print-on part capabilities, design software that integrates with any production floor workflow, and chemistry that enables the formulation of elastomers to change material properties of printed structures.
“This means reflective, high-density, silicone and metallics, as well as compression elements for sports and therapeutics, protection elements like cushioning and impact resistance, and functionality applications like anti-slip, waterproofing, and other qualities combining form and function that are key to Kornit’s vision of digitizing production in every conceivable manner.”
Fred von Gottberg, Voxel8’s president/CEO, adds, “Voxel8 shares Kornit’s vision of transforming the textile industry and couldn’t be more excited to be part of the journey to build the operating system of sustainable fashion on demand. We look forward to working together to embed Voxel8’s technology into Kornit’s customer offerings, which will collectively provide endless possibilities of enhanced applications and solutions.”