Xerox Nozzles – Half Width of Human Hair – Print Photos, Images and Text Directly onto 3D Objects in Minutes
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Press release from the issuing company
Innovation Delivers Label-less, On-Demand Digital Personalization and Packaging
NORWALK, Conn. – The innovative architecture of tiny, stainless steel nozzles inside the new Xerox Direct to Object Inkjet Printer has created a new, label-less, on-demand method of personalizing three-dimensional objects.
The nozzles are contained in print heads – about the size of a deck of cards - that accurately spray ink on objects as small as bottle caps and as large as football helmets. The printer can print on plastic, metals, ceramics and glass, eliminating the need for costly labels.
“This innovation opens up a path for creating customized products instantly at a time when the consumer’s appetite is all about personalization,” said Brendan Casey, vice president of Xerox Engineering Services. “Imagine a sports fan coming home from a game with a helmet or ball that was personalized right at the stadium, or a retailer offering on-demand personalization on hundreds of different store items.”
Xerox uses enhanced image-quality algorithms to direct the microscopic nozzles half the width of a human hair. By accurately spraying ink at distances of one-quarter inch, the printer is able to print on smooth, rough, slightly curved or stepped surfaces at print resolutions ranging from 300 to 1,200 dpi. The printer can handle up to 30 objects per hour, with the ability to scale for production.
“The real innovation here is that we can now print on items, such as steel water bottles with multiple curves, without the setup time and costs that analog printing such as flexography or screen printing require,” said Wayne Buchar, chief engineer, Xerox Engineering Services. Other innovative features include:
The new printer promises to create new revenue opportunities for a number of industries:
The Xerox Direct to Object Inkjet Printer will be on display in Xerox booth #1625 during North America’s largest graphic arts tradeshow, Graph Expo, which takes place Sept. 25-28 in Orlando, Florida. The printer is a 2016 MUST SEE ‘EMS award winner in the Future of Print category. The MUST SEE ‘EMS is an annual awards competition that recognizes the most compelling new products being shown at Graph Expo.
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