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Future, opportunities and challenges of inkjet technologies

Castrejón-Pita, JR and Baxter, WRS and Morgan, J and Temple, S and Martin, GD and Hutchings, IM (2013) Future, opportunities and challenges of inkjet technologies. Atomization and Sprays, 23. pp. 571-595. ISSN 1044-5110

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Abstract

Inkjet printing relies on the formation of small liquid droplets to deliver precise amounts of material to a substrate under digital control. Inkjet technology is becoming relatively mature and is of great industrial interest thanks to its flexibility for graphical printing and its potential use in less conventional applications such as additive manufacturing and the production of printed electronics and other functional devices. Its advantages over traditional methods of printing include the following: it produces little or no waste, it is versatile because several different methods exist, it is noncontact, and it does not require a master template so that printed patterns can be readily modified on demand. However, the technology is in need of further development to become mainstream in emerging applications such as additive manufacturing (3D printing). This review contains a description of conventional and less common inkjet methods and surveys the current applications of inkjet in industry. This is followed by specific examples of the barriers, limitations, and challenges faced by inkjet technology in both graphical printing and manufacturing. © 2013 by Begell House, Inc.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Continuous jet Drop on demand Droplet Inkjet
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:25
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 01:20
DOI: 10.1615/AtomizSpr.2013007653