Coated Media for Digital Fabrication: Lessons from the Photo Industry

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For over 150 years the photographic industry has been coating media for imaging applications. This experience spans both rigid and flexible media and encompasses many issues pertaining to the adhesion of material to these substrates. For many of these years work concentrated on swellable polymer layers but with the emergence of inkjet in photo imaging this broadened to cover porous coatings too.

The paper covers the experience that may be transferable to media for Digital Fabrication. By way of example, it covers the coating of swellable layers on glass and flexible substrates and the variables that were routinely used to influence the physical and printing characteristics. It also covers the issues of printed inkjet spot morphology and the ways in which the characteristics of the coatings can influence this.

The paper also examines some applications where these types of coated media could be particularly pertinent.

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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