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Dyes for dye diffusion thermal transfer (D2T2) printing

  • R. Bradbury
Part of the Advances in Color Chemistry Series book series (ACCS, volume 3)

Abstract

The invention of the Mavica still video camera and associated Mavigraph printer by Sony, in 1981, heralded the birth of a new technology for the capture and reproduction of colour images. Despite considerable research, an overview,1 published a few years later, of the subsequent development of electronic cameras indicates that the attainment of photographic quality images using still video cameras is still some way off. However, the inevitable desire for hard copy of electronically captured images from a variety of other sources has provided a driving force for the development of a suitable printing technology. Dye diffusion thermal transfer (D2T2) printing has, in recent years, become recognised as the Non Impact Printing (NIP) process capable of producing images of near photographic quality2 and, although the advent of electronic photography has been delayed for reasons referred to above, D2T2 has found major uses in security, medical, scientific and novelty markets. Several of the large US (e.g. Eastman Kodak) and Japanese (Hitachi, Mitsubishi etc.) companies currently offer printers and associated consumables, dyesheet cassette and receiver sheets, to the market place. Others (e.g. ICI) offer consumables for a variety of printers.

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