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Tendency of Digitally Printed Materials to Ferrotype or Block

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This study was undertaken to quantify the tendency of modern, digitally printed photographs and documents to adhere to each other or adjacent surfaces in storage. It has long been known that the gelatin binder used in traditional photographic prints can stick to glass in framing packages as well as to many types of plastic sheeting used in storage enclosures. This has typically been attributed to exposure of the materials to high humidity such as found in tropical climates. In this test, a variety of digital print types were incubated at 30°C and 90% RH for seven days and then visually assessed for adherence to polyester, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride films; envelope paper; typical framing glass; and both the face and reverse sides of prints of the same type. All digital prints tested were less likely to block or ferrotype than traditional color photographic prints.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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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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