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MEMS Solutions for Precision Micro-Fluidic Dispensing Application

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Customer demands for increased performance within the precision micro-fluidic markets, including high image quality printing, can be satisfied by designing piezoelectrically actuated inkjet printhead modules with single crystal silicon Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) manufacturing process-es. The result is a highly flexible design and manufacturing space. This combination allows the efficient development of a high quality product family capable of servicing a broad range of printing applications in addition to pushing “inkjet technology” into the more generalized precision liquid dispensing application space. The following text describes current performance drivers in the precision micro-fluidic market and a MEMS based, bending mode, piezoelectrically actuated inkjet module, (the Spectra, Inc. M-Class) designed to meet these evolving needs. In addition, the inherent performance and manufacturing flexibility of the associated product family is highlighted.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2004

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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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