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Solid ink technology--a ten-year perspective
Author(s): Tony Cruz-Uribe; J. Lahut; Joseph Parisi
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Paper Abstract

Since the first jetting of ink, that is solid at room temperature, in 1979 solid ink technology has offered the promise of revolutionizing on-demand printing. With the successful introduction of a number of products during the last 18 months, solid ink is on the verge of realizing this promise. In principle solid ink jetting is simple: melt the ink and jet it as a liquid; in practice there are many factors critical to the containment, ejection, and formulation of phase change inks. These factors have influenced the development of the drive portion of the ink jet print head with all commercial applications using a piezoelectric drive. These factors have also spawned a great deal of work in innovative ink delivery systems that bring ink to the print head in a solid form. The most important feature of the technology has been the quality of the resulting image and the independence of the substrate on this image quality. Solid ink also has the unique feature of easily producing small spot sizes. As a result, the gray scale levels and high resolution can increase to keep pace with improvements in competing technologies and demands from the marketplace. Though Dataproducts (and its predecessor Exxon Printing Systems) were the first to develop solid ink technology, through various license agreements, products using solid ink have been introduced from a number of printer companies. Through this collection of products, solid ink provides the enabling technology to bring the office of the 1990s into the color era.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 June 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1912, Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts II, (18 June 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.146253
Show Author Affiliations
Tony Cruz-Uribe, Dataproducts Corp. (United States)
J. Lahut, Dataproducts Corp. (United States)
Joseph Parisi, Dataproducts Corp. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1912:
Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts II
Jan Bares, Editor(s)

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