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Designing Lightfast Inks and Media for Multi-Dyeload Printers

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Abstract:

Achieving industry-leading lightfastness in a multi-dyeload printer presents many challenges in addition to those present in 3 or 4 color writing systems. This report outlines some of the criteria and strategies used to develop a new multi-dyeload printer that delivers both office printing versatility and photo reproduction with breakthrough image quality and permanence benefits. A brief background discussion of a 6 ink writing system will be presented. Design rules concerning dye selection and media and ink formulation will be detailed. Some factors that impart light permanence challenges include color balance criteria, dye loading, writing system treatment during printing, media design, and ink-media interactions. The end result of this work is the development of the HP DeskJet 5550 printer, new HP #57 and HP #58 pens, and the new HP Premium Plus Photo Paper (replaced earlier product of the same name). This versatile printing system features photo reproduction with high gloss, excellent 6 ink photo image quality with ultra low granularity, 73 years predicted glass protected lightfade permanence, and 49 years unprotected lightfastness with low reciprocity factors.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2002-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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