LIQUID DEVELOPMENT OF ELECTROSTATIC IMAGES BY INK SPITTING
Original Publication Date: 1978-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Mar-31
Xerox Disclosure Journal
An electrostatic charge pattern, for example on the surface of a xerographic drum 1, is developed with a liquid ink by means of a uporcupine-roller 2. The roller has over its cylin-drical surface a plurality of electrically conductive points, all of which project generally radially outwards, The roller is mounted for rotation about a horizontal axis with its lowermost part in an ink bath 3 and is located such that the points are close to, but not contacting, the xerographic surface, The ink fills the interstices between the points in meniscus fashion, A bias voltage is applied between the xero-' graphic surface and the roller, causing ink spitting to take place from the points, with charged areas on the xerographic surface attracting the ink in the configuration of the charge pattern.