Patent Number: 6,165,593

Title: Ink jet imaging process and recording element for use therein

Abstract: A novel two step process is disclosed for the manufacture of protected, distortion-free, full-color ink jet images for use on large format posters, billboards and the like. A novel ink receptive element, which is used in the process, comprises a temporary carrier layer; a protective layer; and an adhesive ink receptive layer. The novel imaging process comprises: A) depositing an ink image layer on the surface of the ink receptive element, so that the ink image layer is adhered to the surface of the adhesive, ink receptive layer; B) pressure laminating the receptor substrate to the ink image layer to form a laminated image element; and C) removing the temporary carrier layer from the protective layer of the laminated image element to form a protected imaged substrate. The protective layer then serves to protect the ink image from abrasion and environmental contaminants.

Inventors: Brault; Donald Armand (Granby, MA), Cahill; Douglas Allan (Belchertown, MA), Himmelwright; Richard Scott (Wilbraham, MA), Taylor; Dene Harvey (Holyoke, MA)

Assignee: Rexam Graphics Incorporated

International Classification: B41M 5/52 (20060101); B41M 7/00 (20060101); B41M 5/50 (20060101); B41M 5/00 (20060101); B32B 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017