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Seeking New Alternatives: The Evaluation of Precipitated Silicate and Silica for Inkjet Media

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New or alternate materials are of interest to formulators striving to gain an edge in inkjet printable media whether it is in performance or cost. Much of media development activity lies in bridging the gap between copy paper and photo quality media. These mid-range products are required to have a competitive edge in performance while maintaining a consumer friendly price. Formulators need a selection of materials in order to actualize media products that accomplish these objectives.

This paper examines the performance of precipitated silicate, precipitated silica, and calcium carbonate in inkjet media. Following well established guidelines in formulating an ink receptive coating, these alternate materials are utilized as the primary pigment in a matte formulation. The resulting coating takes advantage of absorptive properties and particle sizes to create a porous structure useful in inkjet printing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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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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