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New Thermal Dye Transfer Media for Digital Photo Usage

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The thermal dye transfer method capable of printing beautiful photo-quality images in a simple and quick manner is attracting more and more attention as a digital photo output system because of its dry process, maintenance-free feature and the easiness of downsizing the printer system. We have been working on the various issues such as higher sensitivity, travel stability of the ink ribbon and improvement of photo quality functions, all of which are essential as a media for digital photo printers.

Higher sensitivity of the dye transfer ribbon has been accomplished by increasing the dye transfer ratio, not by the increase of the amount of dye. Moreover, further improvement of heat resistant layer of the transfer film and travel stability of the ink ribbon as well as smaller amount of abrasion of the thermal head protection layer have contributed to enhance the system's maintenance free feature. Thus, by our efforts of getting better glossiness of print and also better color reproduction of neutral black, we have succeeded in developing a new thermal dye transfer media having a higher photo quality.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2004-01-01

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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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