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High Performance Piezo Ink Jet Printheads and Production Printing of Textiles

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For some time, ink jet technology has been used to digitally print textiles, but with relatively low productivity. Recently, however, systems have been introduced that use piezo based ink jet printheads to digitally print textiles at rates required for practical production volumes. This paper reports the development and application of these new digital textile printers, which move productivity from that suitable for sampling to production speeds running from 600 ft2/hr. to 3000 ft2/hr. Characteristics of the printing systems, printheads and inks will be presented. Data for reliability and performance in the field will be presented along with production samples.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • For more than 25 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.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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