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The Printing Industry is Entering the Digital Era - Fact or Fantasy?

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Commercial printing is the last vestige of the analog era: a 400 billion industry that has barely been touched by the digital revolution. Is this industry finally ready to yield? Or will the digital transformation of the printing industry continue to elude its pursuers? Is there a “killer app” that will blow this market open? If so, what are its key enablers? Will inkjet, xerography and liquid electrophotography all compete in this space? Does the Internet complement - or compete with - commercial digital printing? Lastly, what's the big deal - who needs it anyhow?

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2003

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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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