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Production of Sintered Ceramic Patterns Using an Inkjet Printing Process

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A fast process for the production of ceramic patterns is presented, utilizing inkjet printing for laying down the pattern digitally. An aqueous ink, containing glycols and surfactants, was printed onto various substrates to act as an adhesive layer for a ceramic mineral powder. The powder was deposited in a dry powder spraying process and formed a uniform layer in contact with the adhesive ink. Excess powder that was not fixed by the ink was blown away by air pressure in the following step, before the pattern was laser sintered. The process was also demonstrated for multi-color ceramic patterns, by applying different colored pigments on successively printed ink patterns. Optimized ink composition and process parameters were investigated, to be able to avoid color changes of the final pattern after laser sintering. A prototype production unit is presented that implements the developed process.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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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.

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