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Print-Paper Interactions are Beneficial for Digital Print Quality

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Experiences and conclusions are presented from two major studies which investigated the effect of internal and surface composition of uncoated paper on non-impact printing behaviour. The key substrate properties affecting print quality, and the chemical treatments which can be used to modify them are identified. A model is proposed for the parameters with the greatest influence on print behaviour.

Using the know-how and market awareness gained from these earlier projects, the recent rapid and extensive developments in non-impact printing technology, the changes in its areas of application, and the implications for paper media are examined. The transition of office ink-jet printing from a growing market to a mature technology, and the redirection of effort towards wide format, photorealistic and digital production printing is tracked. The print-paper interaction model is reassessed in the light of current and predicted non-impact printing trends, and used to provide a strategy for the design of paper media in the new decade.

The conclusion is reached that, rather than striving for substrate independence, print-paper interactions are beneficial and desirable for digital print quality, and these interactions should be recognised in non-impact printing technology developments.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-01-01

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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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