The conventional design of inkjet printheads uses end shooter architecture i.e. these printheads have nozzle orifices at the end of each channel through which the ink is ejected.
A printhead which uses this architecture is the Xaar 128
Xaar's Hybrid Side Shooter printhead architecture has an inlet and outlet for the ink as well as a separate nozzle in each channel. The nozzle is in the side of the ink channel and the drop is fired perpendicular to the flow of the ink.
This unique architecture, which builds on Xaar's highly-successful Hybrid Side Shooter design, optimises actuator performance to deliver more uniform drop formation and velocity across the print swathe and therefore exceptional print quality at longer throw distances.
The printhead shape allows printheads to align with one another without increasing the depth of the array. Print zone areas are minimised, increasing print quality and decreasing cost of the printer.
The Z profile of the Xaar 5601 printhead is a good example of this.