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Print Mask Design for Maximum Throughput Subject to Print Quality Constraints

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Many print-heads today consist of multiple nozzles. Hardware limitations and print quality requirements make it difficult to print from all nozzles or even adjacent nozzles at a given time. Print modes are established to trade-off between print speed and print quality requirements based on different media, ink, and image content. A print mask associates each pixel of the image with a pass number for a given print mode. Given a printing system, this study formulates a constrained optimization problem to generate all admissible print masks that maximize throughput (i.e. minimizes the number of passes) subject to constraints reflecting hardware limitations and print quality requirements. Two examples will be given to show the utility of these methods.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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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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