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Technical considerations when designing and building an Industrial ink jet printer

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The Task: You have been chosen to design your company's newest inkjet printer.

The Challenge: The printer must have increased productivity with high image quality. How do you calculate the best approach and quantifying your design choices?

This paper will discuss the important inputs required for the design process and steps systems designers should consider when undertaking such an initiative. Including:

• Printer resolution defined in dots per inch (dpi)

• Ink type, solvent, UV, Aqueous or oil based for example

• Number of colors required

• Productivity measured in m2/hr

From these considerations, calculations to predict the drop mass output per jet and the jetting frequency and carriage speed required to build up an image will be introduced.

The goal by the end of the paper will be to identify:

• The most suitable Dimatix printhead for the intended printer/application

• The speed of the printhead carriage assembly or the media transport under the printheads

• The jetting frequency of the printheads

• The number of heads required per color
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2008

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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.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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