The United States is poised to make digital printing a mainstream tool that can make a dent in the U.S. printing industry, officials said Thursday.NASA, in a recent press conference, unveiled its next steps toward commercialization of digital printing — a goal the agency has said it will achieve with the goal of getting a digital printer for commercial use by 2019.
The U.N. agency said it is working to develop a new model of digital printed material that is flexible, durable and inexpensive to produce, and that will be available to manufacturers.
The agency is also working with digital companies to make the process of creating digital prints simpler, easier and cheaper, according to NASA.
Digital printing is a term that refers to the process in which digital images are digitized into a physical format, and are then printed onto paper.
The process is widely used in industrial and medical applications, and has helped create a number of different types of products.
The government has invested more than $1 billion in commercializing the technology and has recently been awarded a contract with a printer to make prints for NASA.
The government is also exploring using the technology to help build a new type of solar-powered printer, a project that could potentially cost hundreds of millions of dollars.NASA’s Digital Printing Service (DPS) will create a standard digital printable material that will provide a “high quality and cost-effective” digital print, said NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe.
NASA is partnering with digital print service company Digital Platinum Printing Services to develop the new material.NASA said it expects to have a digital print capable of printing on the fabric of the next generation of satellites by the end of the decade, and could be available by the 2020s.
The service is currently working with other U. S. agencies to bring the technology up to date.