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Printing Processes: Digital printing - 4FMT1097

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  • Number of hours

    • Lectures : 12.0
    • Tutorials : -
    • Laboratory works : 3.0
    • Projects : -
    • Internship : -
    • Written tests : -
    ECTS : 21.0
  • Officials : Aurore DENNEULIN


Learning outcomes :

  • To understand the operation, ink flow control and print control for industrial inkjet and electrophotographic printing processes.
  • To know the associated materials (ink, toner, supports...etc.)
  • To know the advantages and limitations of these different processes
  • To present an image of the digital process market (manufacturers, applications...etc.)


General introduction:
General description of Non impact and digital printing technologies

(1) Inkjet printing process

  • Introduction : DEvelopment milestones of inkjet printing process
  • Different technologies : CIJ (Continuous inkjet) and DOD(Drop On Demand)
  • Droplet generation mechanism
  • Ink nature and properties
  • Prediction of inkjetability: Dimensionless approach
  • Ink/Substrate interactions
  • Market players
  • Conclusion and future trends

(2) Electrophotography

  • Principle
  • Imaging system (image generation)
  • Inking unit + différent kind of toners
  • Toner fusing
  • Subtrate for electrophotography / toner/substrate interactions

(3) Other digital printing processes
Ionography, Magnetography, Elcography, Thermal printing...


Lessons on 'inks' are complementary

Accessibility for people with disabilities : please contact us for further information


Note = 100 % Written exam to control knowledge (in common with Flexography and Offset)

IN DISTANCE MODE (Health Crisis): Exam organized via distancing tools and signing of charter of commitment.

La note de TP tient compte de la méthode de diagnostic employée, de l'utilisation de l'aide au diagnostic, du nombre de problèmes résolus

The grade of the practical work takes into account the diagnosis method used, the use of the software help

La note du DS est une évaluation commune au trois cours : Flexographie, offset, procédés numériques.

Matière rattrapable


The course exists in the following branches:

  • Curriculum - Pagora Engineer - Student - Semester 7
  • Curriculum - Pagora Engineer - Apprentice - Semester 7
  • Curriculum - - Semester 7
see the course schedule for 2021-2022

Additional Information

Course ID : 4FMT1097
Course language(s): FR

You can find this course among all other courses.

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Eltgen J.-J., "Techniques d'impression d'images numérisées", Techniques de l'Ingénieur, traité Électronique, E 5 670, 1992

Kipphan H., “Handbook of Print Media“, 2001

Le H.P., "Progress and trends in Ink-jet printing technology", J. of Imaging Science and Technology, Vol.42, n°1, pp.49-62, 1998.

Pond S.F., "Inkjet Technology and Product Development Strategies", Torrey Pines, 2000.

Thompson B., "Printing Materials, Science and Technology ", Pira printing guide series, 1998.

Actes des Conférences de l'Imaging Science & Technologies Society : "International Conferences on Digital Printing Technologies, Non Impact Printing", depuis 1984.

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Date of update July 24, 2020

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