Patent Number: 6,165,667

Title: Image-forming toner, preparation method thereof, three-dimensional image-forming method and image-forming apparatus

Abstract: A three-dimensional image-forming toner containing at least a binder resin and a foaming agent in such a manner that the foaming agent is not substantially exposed to the surface of the toner. The foaming agent is preferably microcapsule particles containing a low-boiling substance such as, preferably, isobutane, and the shell material of the microcapsule is preferably a copolymer of vinylidene chloride and acrylonitrile.By using the image-forming toner, a three-dimensional image having a sufficient image thickness for being recognized as Braille types and a good fixing property to a recording medium such as a plain paper can be easily formed using an ordinary electrophotographic copying machine or printer.

Inventors: Takagi; Seiichi (Minamiashigara, JP), Akiyama; Reiko (Minamiashigara, JP), Suzuki; Isamu (Minamiashigara, JP), Naito; Nobuyuki (Iwatsuki, JP), Murayama; Yuichi (Ebina, JP)

Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd.

International Classification: G03G 9/097 (20060101); G03G 009/097 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013