Proceedings PaperEconomics Of Energy Sources For Graphic Arts Imaging
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As direct digital printing becomes used throughout the graphic arts industry, a variety of digital light sources are being used to expose an even larger array of photo-sensitive materials. A significant trade-off exists between the operating costs of these newly applied sources and the purchase costs of special materials developed for these sources. Generally, UV lasers are expensive to operate and expose low-cost, nearly conventional materials. Visible lasers are much more economical to operate but may require higher cost materials, while Near IR lasers are being used with new materials. This manuscript provides some of the data required for these trade-offs.