Where industry and academia meet to advance digital printing for fabrication across applications.


Learn about this year's program from General Chair, Ingo Reinhold

 Important Dates
Call for Presentations
 » JIST-first Submission
10 March 2019
      (w/paper in proceedings)
 » Standard Submission
21 April 2019
      (w/paper in proceedings)
Final Manuscripts Due
15 July 2019
Early Registration Ends
30 August 2019
Hotel Deadline 13 September 2019
Conference Begins
29 September 2019

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The conference is located  on Level Four of the Parc 55.

Sunday 29 September 

Short Courses: 14 two-hour courses spanning the digital printing landscape (see Courses page)

Welcome Reception, Parc 55

Monday 30 September

  Conquering the Challenges of New Inkjet Markets with MEMS Printhead Technology, Martin Schoeppler, Fujifilm Diamatix, Inc. (US)
  Printing Textiles On Demand: Technology Challenges Meet Creative Opportunity, Kerry King, Spoonflower (US)

Short Course SC 15: 
Color and Appearance in 3D Printing

Technical Sessions:

Workshops/Colleague Connections

  • The Future of Digital Textile Manufacturing
  • Advances in 3D Printing Technologies

Young Professional/Student Get Together

Tuesday 1 October

Keynote: Application of Printed, Stretchable Electronics for Monitoring Brain Activities, Tsuyoshi Sekitani, Osaka University (Japan)

IS&T Award Presentations

ion Open

Technical Sessions:

Conference Reception: Cityscape Bar and Lounge, 46th floor, Hilton San Francisco Union Square

Wednesday 2 October

Joint Frontiers in Imaging/Print4Fab Keynote: Fabricating Beauty: The Art and Science of Graphical 3D Printing, Philipp Urban, Fraunhofer Institute (Germany)

Exhibition Open

Interactive Paper (Poster) and Demonstration Session, with Lunch (provided)

Frontiers in Imaging: Digital Printing for Fabrication

Technical Sessions

International Symposium on Technologies for Digital Fulfillment (TDPF) 2019

Thursday 3 October (Optional Tour Day)

Colleague Connections: Technology Tours (limited availability)

  • FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc, Santa Clara
  • Jabil Blue Sky Center, San Jose
  • HP Garage and HP Labs Research Center, Palo Alto

Printing technologies continue to evolve in fidelity, throughput, and reliability. The advances made in the print eco-system to enable single-pass applications that readily compete with short and long-run conventional techniques are a clear success story of the combined effort of fundamental understanding and interaction of the various disciplines and researchers. This progress not only aids the production of high-quality color prints but also enables the outreach of printing into a vast number of novel fields, where printing applies highly-specialized nanomaterials to create novel functionalities.

With the convergence of the tooling used for graphical, mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, IS&T’s Printing for Fabrication Conference provides a forum for experts to exchange, discuss, and advance the understanding of the vast space of printing and the challenges shared by the different approaches. With the groundwork being laid by the fundamentals of printing, materials, and processes, this year’s conference highlights the developments in inkjet, digital textile, printed electronics, and 3D additive manufacturing and its scalability.

A special feature of this year’s event is Frontiers in Imaging: Digital Printing for Fabrication, a day-long session of invited talks that looks at state-of-the-art in imaging applications related to health, well-being, leisure, and work life and the challenges that need to be overcome to take these applications to the next level.

To extend the value of our time in the Bay Area, on Thursday we are offering tours to three local companies working in the digital printing for fabrication sphere: FUJIFILM Dimatix, HP Inc., and Jabil.

As in previous years, there are plenty of opportunities to discuss and network, enabling everyone to interact with the other experts and application developers. In addition to the conference program have we a selected set of specialized short courses that provide in-depth information on some of the crucial science behind printed fabrication technologies.

Come and join fellow researchers and engineers in San Francisco to discuss and shape the future of digital printing and printed fabrication.

— General Chair Ingo Reinhold and Executive Program Chair Teruaki Mitsuya

General Chair
Ingo Reinhold, XaarJet Ltd. (Sweden)

Executive Program Chair
Teruaki Mitsuya, Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Japan) 
Program Chairs
Rich Baker, Integrity Industrial Ink Jet Integration LLC (USA)
Katrina J. Donovan, Dragon Materials, LLC (USA)
Nobuyuki Nakayama, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd, (Japan)
Dong-Youn Shin, Pukyong National University (South Korea)
Patrick J. Smith, University of Sheffield (UK)
Enrico Sowade, Zschimmer & Schwarz Mohsdorf GmbH & Co KG (Germany)

Papers Program Committee
Ron Askeland, HP Inc. (USA)
Yashwanth Kumar Bandari, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (USA)
Lutz Engisch, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Masahiko Fujii, Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd, (Japan)
Ghassan Jabbour, University of Ottawa, (Canada)
Atsushi Tomotake, Konica Minolta Inc. (Japan)

Short Course Chair
Michael Willis, Pivotal Resources, Ltd. (UK)

Publicity Chairs
Norio Nagayama, Ricoh Company, Ltd. (Japan)
Scott Slomowitz, Caesar Rivise, PC (USA)

Frontiers in Imaging: Printing for Digital Fabrication Chair
Scott Silence, Corning Inc. (USA)

Outreach Chairs
Reinhard Baumann, Fraunhofer Institute for Electronic Nano Systems ENAS and Technische Universität Chemnitz (Germany)
Jim Stasiak, HP Inc. (USA)

Late Breaking Technology News Chair
Werner Zapka, XaarJet Ltd. (Sweden)

Steering Committee Chair
Alan Hodgson, Alan Hodgson Consulting Ltd. (UK)


Held for the first time in 1981, NIP became an annual conference in 1988. With the exception of the first year when it was held in Venice, Italy, and 1993, when it was held in Yokohama, Japan, NIP has rotated to various cities throughout North America.

Prior to being spun off into a "stand-alone" collocated meeting in 2005, Digital Fabrication was a technical session within NIP. Held for the first time in 2005, it has been an annual conference ever since.


For more than 30 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

Digital Fabrication explores the potential of digital printing technologies with sessions on new applications and materials that go well beyond traditional printing. Digital fabrication techniques have been used for biomedical applications, as well as to produce MEMS and new electronic devices. Conference topics include 2D & 3D functional printing and micromachining; digital fabrication instrumentation; ink jet printing processes; laser patterning processes, direct-write, and integration in printing manufacturing lines; process materials and substrates for digital fabrication; nano-patterning and imprint technologies; prototyping technology; printed sensors, photovoltaic cells, lighting devices, biomaterials, architectural components and electronics and devices; and industrial and commercial digital fabrication.

Printing for Fabrication 2018 (NIP34)
September 23-27, 2019
Dresden, Germany

Printing for Fabrication 2017 (NIP33)
November 5 - 9, 2017
Denver Colorado

Printing for Fabrication 2016 (NIP32)
September 12 - 16, 2016
Manchester, United Kingdom

NIP31/Digital Fabrication 2015
September 27 - October 1, 2015
Portland, Oregon

NIP30 and Digital Fabrication 2014
September 7 - September 11, 2014
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NIP29/Digital Fabrication 2013
September 29 - October 3, 2013
Seattle, Washington

NIP28/Digital Fabrication 2012
September 9 - September 13, 2012
Quebec City, Canada

NIP27/Digital Fabrication 2011
October 2 - October 6, 2011
Minneapolis, Minnesota

NIP26/Digital Fabrication 2010
September 19 - September 23, 2010
Austin, Texas

NIP25/Digital Fabrication 2009
September 20 - September 24, 2009
Louisville, Kentucky

September 7 - September 12, 2008
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

September 16 - September 21, 2007
Anchorage, Alaska

September 17 - September 22, 2006
Denver, Colorado

September 18 - September 23, 2005
Baltimore, MD

October 31 - November 5, 2004
Salt Lake City, Utah

September 28 - October 3, 2003
New Orleans, Louisiana

September 29 - October 4, 2002
San Diego, CA

September 30 - October 5, 2001
Fort Lauderdale, CA

October 15 - October 20, 2000
Vancouver, Canada

October 17 - October 22, 1999
Orlando, Florida

October 18 - October 23, 1998
Toronto, Canada

November 2 - November 7, 1997
Seattle, Washington

October 27 - November 1, 1996
San Antonio, Texas

October 29 - November 3, 1995
Hilton Head, South Carolina

October 30 - November 4, 1994
New Orleans, Louisiana

October 4 - October 8, 1993
Yokohama, Japan

October 25 - October 30, 1992
Williamsburg, Virginia

October 6 - October 11, 1991
Portland, Oregon

October 21 - October 26, 1990
Orlando, Florida

November 12 - November 17, 1989
San Diego, California

March 20 - March 25, 1988
New Orleans, Louisiana

August 24 - August 28, 1986
San Francisco, California

November 4 - November 8, 1984
Crystal City, Virginia

June 22 - June 26, 1981
Venice, Italy

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