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From Die- to Dye-Cutting: Bringing Cheap Laser Cutting Power to Printing Terminals

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Laser diodes are not normally able to cut paper, since plain paper does not absorb light in the visible and in the Near Infrared. However, it is possible to make paper locally absorbing to the Near Infrared laser light by ink-jetting an ink formulated from Near Infrared absorbing dyes allowing laser cutting using a 1 W diode. Several applications of this technology are presented and discussed, with cutting speeds up to several tens of meters per minutes.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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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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