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The digitalization of our world is in full swing and printing technologies are a vital part of this transformation due to their role in customized supply chains. Not only is printing extending out of its classic habitat to produce breath-taking color on products, but it strongly enables the incorporation of electrical, optical, and mechanical functionalities into the manufacturing of industrial products. Printing processes and systems approaches are now being used to build multi-functional 3D objects and enhance sensitivity in healthcare applications.

Printing for Fabrication gives attendees the chance to look closer at the transformative innovations in the print eco-system, from printing techniques and their physics to evolutions in print machinery for 2D and 3D printing to advances in printing materials, quantitative measurement, and modeling, as well as all the applications enabled by the interplay of all these fields

This conference offers a variety of ways to broaden your perspective on printing with technical presentations and short courses, an exhibit, demonstration session, and many networking events.

Join academics, researchers, developers, manufacturers, and distributors who work in this cross-functional world to exchange findings and ideas that support the development and success of printing techniques. Your thoughts on how to build a better and more comprehensive/profound conference are welcome. Contact the committee at print4fab@imaging.org.

Come to San Francisco and be part of the next wave of innovations in the print eco-system.

— 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)
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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