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Better Products Faster: Demonstration of a Novel Technique for Characterization and Quantification of Inkjet Performance

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Inkjet printing has long been considered a “black art” with a limited number of “magical” materials and combinations thereof known to a few individuals as giving highly reliable jetting performance. For many years experience and excessive testing of many materials predominated as the only guaranteed route to inkjet reliability and success. Recent years have shown a significant increase in the application of more scientific methodologies in attempts to understand the inkjet process and the fundamental parameters governing it. Many people within the industry are now using optical techniques to examine and visualize print head performance. Beyond visualization the next steps are characterization and measurement - a new technique has been developed to take those steps.

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate the applicability of a novel technique specifically developed to quantify inkjet printing performance in all areas, from developing more robust and higher performance products to more meaningful quality control of existing products. This study demonstrates the range of different performance features that may be examined across the breadth of inkjet print head technologies and how this data may then be used in assessing reliability and defining key system parameters such as print head drive conditions and maintenance algorithms.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2001-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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