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3D Printing as a Function of 2D Printing

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The application of 3D printing in conventional printing technology was studied. Two methods of using of 3D prints in function of 2D printing were considered. Physical and mechanical characteristics of printed 3D material were determined in order to verify the use of 3D prints in conventional flexography printing process. 3D prints can be used as flexographic printing plate directly and as a negative matrix for conventional photopolymer flexographic printing plate production. Current material 3D prints are brittle and porous; therefore the finishing is required before further use. Liquid epoxy resin was considered as an appropriate agent as well as some other infiltrates, such as cyanoacrylate and polyurethane infiltrants. It is important that the applied infiltrant penetrates completely into the 3D print without any influence to its dimensions. The digital test form of the flexographic printing plate is required for the 3D printing. It can be constructed either by computer program or by scanning. 3D scanner is appropriate if the conventional flexographic printing plate exists and the 3D technology is used to produce the copy. The attempt of producing the 3D digital test form of the flexographic printing plate by means of computer programming was done.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2007

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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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