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Development of Digital Quasi-embossing Technology with an Inkjet Printer-2

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Conventional embossing printing technology which can be used to produce metallic glossy images on stereo-shaped objects needs a pressing plate with the image patterns specially arranged. Accordingly, the embossing system is relatively expensive and lacks the adaptability for high-mix low-volume production. Considering these facts, we developed the Digital Quasiembossing Technology (DQT) which consisted of the technology combined with UV-curable inkjet printing and hot foil-stamping. We reported the DQT for the first time at NIP 28 in Quebec City last year. This paper is a continuation of the last report and describes the following facts. (a) We have improved the adhesion of UV-curable ink to a metallic foil, and consequently we can make not only relatively small-sized products but also large-sized ones with pictures and letters printed thereon. (b) The improved DQT system can produce higher gloss than the last system reported at NIP 28.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2013

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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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