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Understanding Inkjet Inks and Factors Influencing the Jetting Behaviour

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An overview is presented of how and where key ink components influence the jetting behaviour during printing. Physical properties alone are an insufficient guide to ink performance. Small variations in ink viscoelasticity influence the upstream flow dynamics and jet break-up mechanism downstream. Recently developed novel techniques capable of quantifying fluid rheology of low viscosity complex inkjet inks at conditions similar to those during printing are discussed which have not been possible until recently. These techniques provide useful tools to differentiate between apparently identical inks but which show different jetting behaviour. This is often the case, where ink batch variations or a minor formulation alteration causes different jetting behaviour and influence print reliability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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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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