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A New, Full-Color, Direct Thermal Imaging System

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A direct thermal printing medium is described that incorporates two color-forming layers separated by a thermally-insulating layer. Any combination of the two colors may be obtained by heating with a conventional thermal print head. Independent addressing of each color is achieved by controlling the time of heating and the power supplied to the heating elements of the print head. In combination with a third color-forming layer that is printed from the reverse side of the medium, full-color imaging with photographic quality is possible using two passes with a single thermal print head or a single pass with two print heads. A novel thermal color-forming process based upon phase change of colorless crystals provides images of excellent quality and stability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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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.

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