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Photo-Quality Print Media

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This paper will describe a photo-quality print media comprising a specially developed image-receiving surface layer (IRL) that accepts the printing ink/colorant material from the appropriate printing process, and serves to embed it in the glossing step, providing for better image protection and better image properties without additional coatings or a lamination step. The IRL is extrusion coated as an extruded monolayer or coextruded along with other layers to both sides of the base. The backside of the media can be tailored for specific applications (writability before and after printing, fuser oil management in electrophotographic applications, etc.).

A unique advantage of the IRL is the fact that its final surface finish can easily be altered for specific applications. This media can provide a matte surface for printing directed to specified applications. Alternatively, the same material can be glossed to an even gloss finish by passing the printed media through a glossing unit, such as a belt fuser, to yield a highly glossed printed surface without additional coatings. Such versatility, an unprecedented and unobvious technical advance in the world of printed media, is a unique economic advantage offered by the media described here.

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.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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