The Printer Working Group

Our members include printer and multi-function device manufacturers, print server developers, operating system providers, print management application developers, and industry experts. We make printers, multi-function devices, and the applications and operating systems supporting them work together better.

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The PWG Last Call of the IPP 3D Printing Extensions specification has begun. This specification defines an extension to the Internet Printing Protocol and IPP Everywhere that supports printing of physical objects by Additive Manufacturing devices such as 3D printers.

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The PWG Last Call of the IPP Finishings 2.1 (FIN) specification has begun. This document defines new “finishings” and “finishings-col” Job Template attribute values to specify additional finishing intent, including the placement of finishings with respect to the corners and edges of portrait and landscape documents.

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3D Printing

The PWG has defined an IPP extension for 3D printing using standard file formats.

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IPP Everywhere

Print to any network or USB printer without using special software from the manufacturer.

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PWG Semantic Model

Support multiple network protocols and job ticket formats using our abstract model.

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PWG Standards define all of the common network protocols used by your printer.

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November 2016 PWG Face-to-Face Meeting - Summary Nov 18, 2016

The Printer Working Group November 2016 Face-to-Face meeting was held November 14-15, 2016. It was a “virtual face-to-face” meeting - all via teleconference / WebEx. We discussed current and future liaisons with other groups, reviewed several drafts of in-progress specifications, discussed topics concerning printers / MFDs and Common Criteria (CC) testing and certification, and reviewed efforts to evolve the PWG Semantic Model. Below is a more detailed summary of the proceedings.


August 2016 PWG Face-to-Face Meeting - Summary Aug 29, 2016

On August 23-24, 2016, the Printer Working Group held a PWG Face-to-Face meeting at Sharp Labs‘ facilities in Camas, WA. We discussed in-process updates to the PWG Process, IPP and the Semantic Model, and considered issues involving Common Criteria certification and the HCD Protection Profiles.


PWG to Present on Industry Standards for 3D Printing at drupa 2016 May 31, 2016

Paul Tykodi, PWG IPP WG Co-Chair, will represent the PWG at drupa 2016 and will present June 4 and June 6, 2016 at the Drupa 2016 international printing conference on its new standard for communicating 3D print jobs and status over a network and how open standards for protocols and file formats can accelerate the development of 3D printing ecosystems.


Summary of April 2016 Face-to-Face Meeting May 23, 2016

The Printer Working Group recently held a face-to-face meeting in Boise, ID on April 26-28, 2016, in partnership with with The Linux Foundation OpenPrinting Workgroup. We discussed updates to and important issues in the broad Linux printing universe, and reviewed several drafts of in-progress specifications.


Planned Maintenance of PWG Servers: March 4, 2016 (concluded) Feb 22, 2016

We have rescheduled the required maintenance on the PWG web, FTP, and mail servers to this Friday, March 4, 2016 starting at 9am ET/6am PT.

Expected downtime is approximately 4 hours.


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