Industrial inkjet for functional fluid deposition processes
Digital inkjet is the creation of small, uniform droplets which can be jetted accurately and with precision onto a wide range of substrates such as silicon, glass and plastic film. This technique offers advantages over established print and coating processes and enables emerging fabrication methods such as 3D Printing and nanoimprint lithography.
The digital inkjet process is increasingly considered for functional fluid deposition processes across a broad range of industrial applications. Manufacturers are looking to drive down the cost of manufactured goods across diverse industries; a reduction in processes, fewer consumables and less material waste all contribute to improved manufacturing efficiency whilst the ability to print on demand allows for customisation and personalisation.
As an example, the schematic opposite illustrates the versatility of Xaar printheads to jet functional fluids for a wide array of deposition processes involved in mobile phone manufacturing.