ZINK® stands for Zero Ink® - an amazing new way to print in full color without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. ZINK Technology encompasses both the ZINK Paper® and the intelligence embedded in every ZINK-enabled device. ZINK enables a new category of color printing devices and paper that work as a system to print in a whole new way.
Based on advances in chemistry, engineering, physics, image science, and manufacturing, the development of ZINK has generated an IP portfolio that includes over 180 patents and patents pending. At the heart of the technology is ZINK Paper which looks like regular white photo paper before printing. Heat from a ZINK-enabled device activates the color-forming chemistry within the ZINK Paper, forming all the colors of the rainbow. The printing process is now radically simple. Just add ZINK Paper™.
Composed of our unique imaging chemistry coated in layers sandwiched by a substrate on the bottom and a thin polymer overcoat on top. Since all of the imaging happens on the "inside", ZINK paper is water resistant and long lasting.
"Amorphochromic™" is the technical name for the new class of molecules invented by our scientists at ZINK. These clear, crystalline, molecules are invisible to the eye in their pre-activated state, but when heated to extremes they release the bright, vivid colors locked inside.
Extraordinary, yet simple, physics are behind the ZINK® printing process. Our scientists discovered a ground-breaking method to address each of the color forming layers independently, yielding the ability to create all the colors required for every image.
The proprietary dye crystals that give ZINK® its color, named Amorphochromic™ crystals, represent an entirely new class of molecules, invented by ZINK Imaging Scientists through a rigorous discovery process. The properties of each of the cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals are finely tuned to achieve the color palette and image stability required for full-color digital prints.
When heated to very high temperatures for fractions of a second, the crystals undergo a phase change, moving from colorless to colored. When cooled, the crystals remain stable in their colored state.