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Materials for Providing High Print Quality and High Image Stability

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In order to rival the quality of silver halide photographs, digital printing systems need to satisfy issues of high print quality as well as image stability. Our research and development efforts have focused on thermal dye transfer and ink jet printing systems, with extraordinarily good results in each system.

Discussion will focus on the chelate reaction between dye molecules and metal ions in the thermal dye transfer printing system, which has greatly improved the image stability issues, well in excess of original targets.

As for ink jet printing, attention was paid to improving the print quality. These efforts led to the world's first production of micro porous printing media with an RC-paper base. The combination of the printing media and dye inks brings the expected print quality together with other features such as quick drying cased by high ink-absorption speed, resistance to water.

Work on improving image stability in ink jet systems will also be discussed.

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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