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UV Curing of Inks and Coatings in Digital Printing Applications

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UV curing of inks and coatings is discussed in relation to the type of UV source and curing systems available for use in digital printing applications.

Comparison is made between classic arc, microwave powered UV and LED technologies. The advantages and limitations of each are critically reviewed for curing the wide range of materials as used in both the graphic arts and industrial processes.

Factors influencing cure are identified by detailed consideration of material and process. Variables include chemistry, substrate types, application requirements and optical design / spectral emission of the curing system. A method of lamphead characterisation is outlined using computer ray trace tools and dosimetry measurement techniques, with view to maximising dose efficiencies and optimising curing performance.

Selection of the most appropriate type of curing system is concluded as being based on simple cost to performance ratio for the given application.
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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.

    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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