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Original Publication Date: 1980-Feb-29
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-02

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Xerox Disclosure Journal


The present disclosure relates to an improved method of producing an image on waterless or two-f hid lithographic masters. Waterless lithographic plates generally consist of an ink-releasing substrate upon which an ink-receptive image area is formed. Typical ink-releasing substrates may include, for example, poly(dimethylsi1oxane) and related silicone materials. One may form an image on such materials either with a toner or by some other suitable imaging technique. For example, toner may be adhered to an uncured silicone substrate and by applying heat the toner is fused at the same time that the ink-releasing substrate is cured, thereby forming a very good bond between the toner image area and the substrate. This results in a waterless lithographic plate of the general type described, for example, in U.S. Patent 4,009,032 by Schank and in Example 1 of U.S. Patent 3,951,063 by Schank. Further, plates thus formed may be subjected to a solvent wash after the thermal cure, whereby the toner is removed to leave a porous, sponge-like image which is ink receptive. Such plates are generally described in U.S. Patent 3,901,151 by Crystal and in Example 2 of U.S. Patent 3,951,063 by Schank.