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Funding Needed for Light Fastness Testing of a New Epson Ultrachrome HD Ink Set
The new Epson SureColor P600 printer recently became available to customers from major dealers in the USA. Although the P600's ink set is still branded with the familiar "UltraChrome" label, Epson claims significant improvement in resin encapsulation technology and Black density levels compared to earlier UltraChrome branded ink sets. Hence, the P600 is not just a new printer. It also introduces a new and improved UltraChrome HD ink set according to Epson.
The tests will be run as a paired comparison of HD versus K3VM printed samples on the same media batches. An improved lightfastness of the yellow ink with better retained color balance over time compared to the older K3VM ink set is what we hope the new light fade tests will demonstrate on a variety of media.
Small donations really can add up to make a difference. It will take about $1000 to get this independent research project started (e.g., a single $10 donation from just 100 printmakers worldwide). It will take an additional $10,000 over the course of the two year project to complete testing of this latest Epson UltraChrome HD ink set with several relevant media. AaI&A members have always helped to fund the Aardenburg digital print research program. The 300+ samples already in the AaI&A test results database are the work product of our past funding efforts.
I will regularly keep members posted here on the AaI&A home page on how we are doing with funding for this important print permanence testing project.
Mark H. McCormick-Goodhart
Director, Aardenburg Imaging & Archives
Testing the New Epson Ultrachrome HD Ink – Project Status as of March 23, 2015
Seventy-six new members have joined AaI&A since January 1, 2015. $900 in donations have been received ($470 from new members, $430 from our existing membership). The P600 printer is now available at dealers in the U.S. We will buy one and start preparing media samples for testing once the funding level has reached $1000.
All Donations to AaI&A go directly to the Print Permanence Research Fund
Some members of Aardenburg Imaging & Archives have generously donated money and/or samples to our digital print research program during the past year. You believe in our work, and we want to thank you for your continuing support! Here is an AaI&A logo that you can place on your website along with a link to AaI&A if you like. We hope it will help you promote your personal commitment to an informed understanding of the durability of modern digital printing processes as well as more public awareness of the Aardenburg digital print research program.
When you download and unzip this file, you will find a folder with small, medium, and large images of the AaI&A membership logo. The small or medium size images may be just what you need for your website while the large one is useful for printing or resizing to suit custom requirements.