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Complete Digital Fabrication of Polymeric Microsieves

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We report on the substitution of a fabrication step for the manufacture of polymeric microsieves, carried out manually so far, by an inkjet printing technology. As published previously [1] the microsieves are manufactured by using a solution of Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in chloroform. However, this solution is not printable with an inkjet printer due to its high vapor pressure. Hence, the PMMA solution was replaced by a commercially available UV curable ink to enable inkjet printing. This variation of the ink leads to a UV exposure driven fabrication method enabling the prospective production of microsieves with an automated high throughput manufacturing. Additionally, the digital fabrication character of inkjet printing allows the manufacture of customized microsieves for given filtration application requirements like size selectivity and mechanical stability.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2010-01-01

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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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