Patent Number: 7,762,188

Title: Reimageable printing member

Abstract: A reimageable printing member such as for use in flexography, includes a layer having a multiplicity of holes, wherein the holes include therein a dimension change material and a printing material upon the dimension change material. Thus, the holes house vertically expandable units, the top portion of which is capable of protruding out of an opening of the hole at a top surface of the layer. Each of the holes may be individually addressed to provide a stimulus that initiates a change in dimension in the dimension change material. In this manner, selected ones of the units may be made to print a corresponding portion of an image on an image receiving substrate brought into contact with the printing member.

Inventors: Iftime; Gabriel (Mississauga, CA), Smith; Paul F. (Oakville, CA), Kazmaier; Peter M. (Mississauga, CA), Mahabadi; Hadi K. (Mississauga, CA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: B41N 1/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018