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Dynamic Print Mode Control for Inkjet Printing

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We introduce a novel printing scheme that allows arbitrarily shaped regions in a document to be printed using different modes. Our implementation first segments the document into two basic modes: one pass and four pass. The one pass mode results in greater print speed but has lower quality, whereas the four pass mode results in greater quality but lower print speed. Typically, the one pass mode is more suitable for text and graphics, while the four pass mode is more suitable for continuous tone pictures.

We demonstrate our method using a Lexmark Z52 print engine controlled by a Texas Instruments C6211 DSP. The resulting dynamic print mode control system can be used to continuously trade-off print speed for print quality, or to optimize print quality at a desired print speed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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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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