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Pushing the practical frontiers in thermal ink-jet printing
Author(s): Cheryl V. Katen
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Paper Abstract

To continue the evolution of thermal inkjet printing, key technology developments are needed. These include the ability to print text output as fast as laser printers, determining and delivering realistic color print speeds for the consumer, lower cost of the printer and the output, and finally, realistic natural images on a wide selection of medias. In this paper, the resolution and quality needed for different types of printing are reviewed. The technical feasibility is assessed in terms of enabling subtechnologies that need to be developed to support the ultimate application goals for each type of printing. Key developments required are outlined and the underlying technical challenges that must be met in order to enable faster text, faster graphics, and high-quality image output are listed. Large arrays, higher resolution, and the need and methods for producing variable spot size from one nozzle are reviewed and assessed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 1995
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 2413, Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts IV, (27 April 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.207573
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Cheryl V. Katen, Hewlett-Packard Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2413:
Color Hard Copy and Graphic Arts IV
Jan Bares, Editor(s)

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