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Direct Digital Printing Technology: Beyond the office! Where will it go next?

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Ink jet and laser printer have transformed the way people generate hard copy output in the home and office. More than three hundred million of these printing devices have been sold and another three hundred million or more will be sold in the next three years alone. With the billions of dollars now invested in these “digital patterning technologies”, where will they be applied next? This paper will explore some of the advantages that these “digital patterning technologies” can offer in combination with advancements in computing power and the Internet. It will compare user needs with these new capabilities. It will explore some of the reasons manufacturers who use traditional analog patterning technologies are scrambling to try to figure out how to join the digital revolution.

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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