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Digital Fabrication of Support Structures for Improved Mechanical Stability of Fragile Microsieves

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We introduce a method to improve the mechanical stability of thin sieves by applying a support matrix through inkjet printing. Different suitable materials are printed in defined structures, such as honeycombs, either directly on the sieve or on a subcarrier. The digital technology allows the variation of the three-dimensional geometry of the printed pattern, whereby an optimum has to be found between the coverage of the pores, the permeability of the microsieve and its mechanical stability. The benefit of this method is the opportunity to produce and apply the microsieves in largearea-applications.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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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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