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3M's Dry Silver technology: an ideal media for electronic imaging
Author(s): David A. Morgan
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Paper Abstract

In recent years there has been great interest and growth in the ability to create images electronically. This trend has been driven by the lower cost of computing and storing data, and the speed in which this can be accomplished. The ability to scan, create, and transmit color images is possible even with the enormous amount of data needed to create color images with gray scale and high resolution. In the past, there has not been a great demand for color copiers because few color images were in existence. The above-mentioned trend is changing this, and in addition scanners can quickly translate color graphics into electronic forms at affordable costs. The replacement of black and white televisions and monitors with color was rapid and nearly 100% once the technology was available at a reasonable cost. It is felt by some equipment manufacturers that soft copy will replace hard copy and there will be a diminishing need for imaging media. The author believes, however, that the need for hard copy will continue, and in fact may increase, but with new technology. To create black and white or color hard copy from electronically generated data, some essential characteristics are needed. They are: (1) total dryness, (2) rapid access, (3) gray scale, (4) high resolution, (5) good image quality, and (6) easy to use, low-cost, reliable equipment. Some of the leading technologies for this are electrostatic, thermal dye transfer, ink jet, instant silver photography, and 3M's Dry Silver. This paper gives a general overview of these technologies, but its main emphasis is 3M's Dry Silver approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 August 1991
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1458, Printing Technologies for Images, Gray Scale, and Color, (1 August 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.46333
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David A. Morgan, 3M Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1458:
Printing Technologies for Images, Gray Scale, and Color
Derek B. Dove; Takao Abe; Joachim L. Heinzl, Editor(s)

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