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Improving Inkjet Print Performance with Fumed Silica at the Size Press

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A very thin layer of a fumed silica based coating (0.5-1.0 g/m2) applied to plain paper at the size press improves inkjet printing performance. The silica coating behaves as an inorganic sponge with a well defined void and channel structure to absorb ink rapidly for enhancing color qualities, print uniformity and image resolution.

The rapid drying of a print and immobilization of the ink colorant improves many performance aspects when using today's modern high speed printers. A paper with a size press treatment of fumed silica is a novel approach and a cost efficient solution to meet the requirements of tomorrow's printer design. The successful development of both cationic and anionic fumed silica dispersions at high solids content are an essential advancement towards this goal.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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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.

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