Patent Number: 6,761,943

Title: Image receptor medium with hot melt layer, method of making and using same

Abstract: An image receptor medium is disclosed as having a base medium, a hot melt layer adjacent to the base medium, and a porous imaging layer. An image may be imparted to the imaging layer, and heat and pressure may then be applied to the image receptor medium. A substantial number of the pores in the porous imaging layer are filled by the material of the hot melt layer, thereby fixing the image. The image receptor medium can be backed with an adhesive/release liner combination or mechanical fasteners to provide securing means or can be left without such means for "drop-in" backlit or other nonadhesive uses.

Inventors: Warner; Elizabeth A. (Minneapolis, MN), Austin; Steven R. (Oakdale, MN)

Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company

International Classification: B41M 5/50 (20060101); B41M 7/00 (20060101); B41M 5/52 (20060101); D06P 5/30 (20060101); D06P 5/20 (20060101); B41M 5/00 (20060101); B41M 005/40 ()

Expiration Date: 07/12012