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Photomedia for Ink Jet Printing

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With the rapid development of digital photography, there is now an increasing demand for the development of printing systems capable of producing digital images equivalent to those produced by silver halide technology. With the latest developments in photorealistic ink jet printing, very high quality photographic images can now be produced. There is now greater emphasis on the development of matched ink and media systems. These in combination with printer and software developments, all contribute to the quality of the digital images produced. Ink/media combinations are now being developed which will provide silver halide levels of performance.

The dye based ink system has required the development of chromophores with much greater photostability, particularly for the light inks (magenta and cyan), which are now included in most photocartridges. Pigment ink systems still have much greater durability however, it is more difficult to obtain compatible photomedia for such inks.

The development of more durable photomedia has presented a significant challenge. These media can either be based on the traditional resin coated photographic substrates, which contain a polyethylene barrier layer, or on glossy coated substrates which can have increased ink absorption capacity. For all these media rapid dry times and excellent image quality are essential features. One further requirement is for silver halide levels of durability to provide images which do not fade when displayed over long periods and which can be archived for long periods without any noticeable change.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2000

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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