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Erosion Printing on Metalized Plastics for Transparencies and for Offset Printing

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039584D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 11K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Aviram, A: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Electrical erosion printing on metalized plastics provides a basis for direct preparation of transparencies and for preparation of offset masters under computer or communication device control. The required wettability differential necessary for offset printing is obtainable when using the aluminized polyester film. The film is non-wetting (hydrophobic), while the aluminum residue wets very well (hydrophilic). These masters, when used with offset presses, produce high resolution print on suitable papers. The input can be from sources as simple as a typewriter to sources as complicated as computers, facsimile and image scanners. Offset masters can be generated directly. With color offset printing, this ability to generate masters on the machine potentially reduces alignment problems.

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Erosion Printing on Metalized Plastics for Transparencies and for Offset Printing

Electrical erosion printing on metalized plastics provides a basis for direct preparation of transparencies and for preparation of offset masters under computer or communication device control. The required wettability differential necessary for offset printing is obtainable when using the aluminized polyester film. The film is non-wetting (hydrophobic), while the aluminum residue wets very well (hydrophilic). These masters, when used with offset presses, produce high resolution print on suitable papers. The input can be from sources as simple as a typewriter to sources as complicated as computers, facsimile and image scanners. Offset masters can be generated directly. With color offset printing, this ability to generate masters on the machine potentially reduces alignment problems. Further, since the "printed" metalized plastic is immediately ready for the printer, this approach eliminates the time, chemicals and need for camera or electrophotographic plate making, and at the same time is capable of generating superior off-set masters on the inexpensive metalized plastic. Note, this technique can also be used to generate metal masks for photolithography or generate directly conductive patterns.

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