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Study of High Definition Thermal Transfer Ink Ribbon

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Analysis was made of the thermal transfer printing process and 600-dpi high-definition thermal transfer ink ribbons. The results of analysis of this printing process revealed that four factors would play an important role in high-definition thermal transfer ink ribbons: (1) enough rupture strength of ink under printing pressure, (2) adhesive strength of ink and paper, (3) thinning of the ink layer and (4) adhesive strength between the heated part of ink and the basefilm. Using 2.5μm-thick PET film as the basefilm, a 600-dpi highdefinition thermal transfer ink ribbon has been developed, with a 1.3μm-thick thermoplastic resin layer based on ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer superimposed on a 0.9 μm-thick wax layer. The ink transfer properties of the ink ribbon were evaluated using a pendulum-type viscoelastic properties measuring instrument, with attention focused on the logarithmic decrement -temperature property.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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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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