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Etch and Plating Resist Formation by Hot Melt Ink Jet

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There are many industrial fabrication processes which require etching or plating steps to be performed. While it is a long term ambition to develop direct-write technologies to improve such processes and remove the need for these steps, there is scope in the near term to improve the efficiency of such processes by using digital masking. This presentation will examine the use of hot melt ink jet in various industrial fabrication processes and the special advantages of such an approach. Hot melt inks provide very reliable jetting due to their low volatility and excellent print quality even on rough surfaces, due to the inks freezing on contact with the substrate. A variety of hot melt ink chemistries can be evolved to suit various different etch and plate applications.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2007-01-01

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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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