The History of Paper

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It is a fairly common perception that the papyrus used in Ancient Egypt was the first paper.  Having been developed in the 3rd millennium BC, it is most certainly the first material used for writing and recording images.  Technically, papyrus isn’t paper though.  It is made from strips of the pith of the papyrus plant…

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Thinking Ink

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Ink has been in existence since ancient times, and its composition hasn’t changed much. In its simplest form, ink is a color suspended in a solvent. When the solvent evaporates, the color is left behind. Today’s inks are rarely simple, however. A variety additives are used to affect the thickness, drying time, permanence, appearance when…

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The Four-Color Process

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Often you will hear a printer call your very colorful print job a “four-color process” job. But there are many more than four colors needed. How does that work? The four colors used in four-color process printing are cyan (blue), magenta (red), yellow, and black, and is the process often referred to as CMYK, with…

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A Brief History of Ink

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The two most vital components to printing are the materials. The substance printed on can vary widely: paper, fabric, metal, plastic, etc. The substance printed with can only be one thing: ink. Ink was developed in several different cultures, at different times, and independent of each other. Without ink, we would have a much less…

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Printing Enters a New Dimension

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The newest developments in printing are moving into another dimension. Through a marriage of computer programs and special printers, three dimensional objects can be printed. The concept is pretty simple, but the methods used to print are not. Using a computer program, some of which are available for free online, a model of the desired…

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