Sensitivities of Kodak's Thermal Dye Transfer Prints to Environmental Factors

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Increasingly, digital photographers employ the thermal dye transfer system to produce their color hard copy prints. The Kodak Professional Ektatherm Xtralife™ three-color ribbon (donor) and receiver in Kodak's kiosk picture making system offers a convenient method for producing durable, long-lasting highquality prints from digital files. This paper will discuss the sensitivities of the Kodak Xtralife system to key environmental factors—light, temperature, relative humidity, and gaseous pollutants. Gathering data to characterize print sensitivity to temperature has proven to be a long process because of the incompatibility of the thermal dye transfer print's physical characteristics with the high end of the temperature range used in accelerated Arrhenius testing. However, reasonable data can be generated if the prints are tested at temperatures near or below the glass transition temperature of the receiver matrix.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2005

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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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