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New Materials for Radiation Curable Ink Jet Inks

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Raw materials used in UV curable ink jet ink formulations are, not surprisingly, required to provide solid performance at three essential stages: to enable ink dispersion and preparation, as vehicles of color in the printing equipment and as part of the formed thin film, enhancing resistance. Ink jet, particularly UV curable ink jet, systems are mandatorily very low viscosity formulations, with demanding visco-stability and dispersion stability criteria. These criteria are best achieved if the ink system has optimal homogeneity. This makes selection of components a challenge and an opportunity, and is also an excellent example of inter-dependency between pigments, dispersants, resins, diluents, additives, etc. In this paper, Ciba and Sartomer have collaborated to study new materials offering formulators new latitude to adjust the performance of their inks from manufacturing to printing and the resistance required of the finished products.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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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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