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Hybrid Digital Fabrication Method Coupled with Inkjet Printing and Photolithography

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We propose for the first time that a hybrid digital fabrication method can be applied to generate micro patterns with highly accuracy of thickness and width. It is simply coupled with inkjet printing and photolithography and mainly aimed to solve several issues of uneven films that are usually found in inkjet printing. First, the draft pattern of film can be fabricated onto a substrate by micro-fluidic deposition method. In other words, inkjet printing basically forms the pre-determined pattern by fluidic droplet deposition. The droplet fluids must belong to material of photo resist. Secondly, pre-baking is applied to dry the solvent of fluidic pattern. In the third step, the draft pattern is further modified with accurate one in desire by the photo mask of lithography. Finally, after stripping process, the micro pattern is successfully generated as desire with high accuracy of morphology. If the photo resist is colored with green/red/blue, we demonstrate the method can be applied to the manufacturing of LCD color filter; moreover, many applications of printed devices in the future can be found in this promising hybrid method.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-01-01

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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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