Inkjet Technology. What is it? What advantages does it have? Where can it be applied? We explain it to you!
The inkjet technology combines electronic signals with mechanical and chemical engineering. This technology consists of the formation of an image from the controlled deposition of droplets, which join and form said image on the substrate.
Thanks to advances in control algorithms and software and greater knowledge about fluid dynamics, Inkjet technology is considered as the main technology for digital decoration.
This technology offers numerous competitive advantages over conventional printing methods such as pad printing or screen printing.
- VERSATILITY. Previously to print an image, masks were used (which had to be changed whenever different images were to be printed). Currently, Inkjet prints offer great versatility regarding designs since it is enough to load the image you want to print in the program.
- FLEXIBILITY. This technology allows printing on substrates of complex geometry without the need for contact between the substrate and the print head. In addition, due to the digitalization of the process, this technology has great production flexibility, achieving a large reduction in the cycle time of each print compared to conventional decoration processes.
- SAVING. The inkjet technology supposes an energetic and material saving; the post-treatments of the printings are suppressed, and a saving in costs of raw materials is produced because the precision of this technology diminishes the consumption of ink and excludes a possible stage of cleaning post -Print.
What can be done with this technology?
The main application of inkjet is the decoration of almost all substrates. Some examples:
- Boats and containers.
- Mobile phones and digital cards
- Promotional products.
- Control panels.
- Protective coatings and adhesives.
Electronic printing has seen an increasing interest in the development of all printed electronic products, allowing the printing of all types of 3D electronic circuits and flexible circuits. Direct printing has the advantages of having a high efficiency of use of materials, excluding expensive process steps such as photolithography, engraving and vacuum deposition, and the ability to quickly change circuit designs in real time in a highly cost-effective manner.
The main examples are:
- Color filters.
- Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.
- Solar cell.
In the field of biomedicine, one of the most promising applications of the inkjet is the printing of scaffolds for tissue engineering. It is possible to achieve the printing of a structure composed of biomaterials that can serve as a basis for the development of and growth of cells giving rise to a new organ.
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Here are some examples of inkjet technology for decoration: