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Over the past twenty years, ink-jet printing technology has not only become a dominant player in the low cost color printer and industrial marking markets, it has become accepted as a precision microdispensing technology. With this broader view of the technologies encompassed by the
term ink-jet, applications in electronics, optics, displays, virtual reality, medical diagnostics, and medical procedures have been developed using ink-jet fluid microdispensing as an enabling technology. This paper will survey these nontraditional applications of ink-jet printing
technology and focus on solder, optical polymer, armoa, reagent, and optical absorber printing, along with unique requirements and fluid properties associated with these applications. Other applications that will be discussed include genetic diagnostics, protein based drug discovery (proteomics),
light emitting polymers, organic semiconductors, and electronic materials. Issues associated with jetting fundamentals versus system requirements will be highlighted.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2002
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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.