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What Makes a Digital Print Recyclable? Results of a European Survey

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Digital printing is being used more and more. Most technologies are well accepted but pose some difficulties with respect to deinkability and paper recycling. Worldwide, approximately 50 % of the paper is recycled. Digital printing should not be a determinating factor in reducing or stabilizing this number. Most developers as well as printers are not aware of these difficulties neither of the existing differences in the printing processes in terms of the recyclability of the printed product.

The paper gives an outline on paper recycling to explain how problems can arise with some digital prints. It will deal with high speed printing processes, dye and pigment based inkjet, liquid and dry toners and UV curable technologies. Results obtained e.g. within a research project sponsored by INGEDE during the last three years at the CTP (Grenoble, France) suggest that oil based inks on coated paper and dry toner are the preferred technologies with respect to this matter [1]. First results of a European Survey on the deinkability of digitally printed papers will be presented.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2006

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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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