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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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3D Printing

The PWG has defined an IPP extension for 3D printing using standard file formats and an associated XML print job ticket format.

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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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PWG May 2020 Virtual Face-to-Face Meeting - Summary May 14, 2020

The PWG held its May 2020 Virtual Face-to-Face Meeting on May 5-8, 2020 via WebEx teleconferences. This event was held in collaboration with Linux Foundation OpenPrinting Workgroup. Sessions were presented by both organizations over the event‘s 3 days. Representatives from Apple, Artifex, Canon, Canonical, Google, Gutenprint, High North, HP Inc., Kyocera, Lakeside Robotics, Lexmark, Qualcomm, Red Hat, Ricoh, TIC, TCS and Xerox attended the meetings, as well as several independent individuals. Attendees reviewed work in progress, including drafts of a number of in-progress specifications, and discussed liaisons with partner groups. Here is a summary of the proceedings.


InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) and the IEEE-ISTO Printer Working Group (PWG) Agree to Work Together on 3D Printing Standards May 6, 2020

The IEEE-ISTO Printer Working Group (PWG) and the InterNational Committee for Information Technology Standards (INCITS) today announced they have established a liaison relationship to work together to develop and maintain industry standards in digital manufacturing involving additive and subtractive fabrication, also known as 3D printing.


PWG May 2020 Virtual F2F - Agenda Updated (concluded) Apr 28, 2020

To help accommodate those who are juggling their work-at-home / life balance, we have decided to spread the May 2020 Virtual Face-to-Face event over 4 days to allow us to shorten each day‘s agenda. The the May 2020 event page has been updated with the new agenda.


PWG Approved: IPP Transaction-Based Printing Extensions v1.1 (TRANS) Apr 17, 2020

PWG Candidate Standard 5100.16-2020: IPP Transaction-Based Printing Extensions v1.1 (TRANS) has been approved. This document defines extensions to the Internet Printing Protocol that support the business transaction logic needed for paid and quota-based printing through local and commercial services.

This and other PWG Candidate Standards can be found on the “PWG Published Standards” page at:

It is directly available at the following URLs:


PWG Call for Objections: IPP Everywhere Printer Self-Certification Manual v1.1 (concluded) Apr 17, 2020

The PWG Call for Objections for the IPP Everywhere Printer Self-Certification Manual v1.1 specification is now underway.


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