PiXDRO Inkjet Technology

Inkjet printing systems, application and process knowledge

Functional inkjet printing is an additive manufacturing technology applying industrial inkjet heads to deposit functional materials. These functional materials can have dielectric, conductive, adhesive, mechanical, optical or chemical properties, and are printed pixel by pixel from a digital file.
Because of its precise drop placement and accurate drop volumes, functional inkjet printing find numerous applications in printed and flexible  electronics, displays, OLEDs, sensors, PCB, semiconductors, mems, chemical machining, 3D printing, PhotoVoltaics, life science and optics. Inkjet printing is truly additive and can create very fine features needed for product miniaturization without the use of lithography. It is also fully digital, avoiding the use of masks or screens and offering extremely fast product-to-product changeover times.

The PiXDRO systems are manufactured on the basis of a modular design. This allows us to build both R&D and mass production systems around the same core modules. The PiXDRO LP50 and IP410 excel in flexibility and process control, offering fast product development and time-to-market. The JETx production tools are designed for optimum throughput, cost of ownership and reliability in 24/7 operation.

Application examples

Semicon & Printed Electronics
Accurate deposition of conductors, dielectrics and adhesives

PhotoVoltaics
Smart electrodes

OLED & Display
Homogeneous thin layers, high quality barriers

PCB & Chemical machining
Maskless digital fabrication

Accurate multi-layer and multi-function printing

As inkjet printing is compatible with a wealth of printable functional materials, it is a very versatile technology. It can be used for direct material deposition for patterned or homogeneous coatings. By printing multiple layers of material on top of each other, inkjet printing can also be used as a 3D printing method. Additionally inkjet technology is excellent for direct printing of etch or plating masks.

Because industrial inkjet heads have a high number of parallel nozzles and print heads can be stacked into arrays, inkjet achieves a very high throughput. Inkjet is a non-contact deposition technology. This means that there is no risk of damaging fragile substrates, and more importantly can deposit on top of existing 3D topology and fill trenches and cavities, which is a challenge for traditional printing techniques like screen printing.

Inkjet printing processes, direct processing

Inkjet printing processes, indirect processing

Industrial printheads

We have integrated various types of industrial print heads from different manufacturers. On the LP50 and IP410 inkjet printers it will even be possible to us Fujifilm cartridges. The overview below shows a number of popular heads used in R&D and volume production applications. Depending on inkjet printer there are also other printheads available.

Fujifilm Dimatix
Samba G3L
2048 nozzles
Volume: 2.5 pL
Fujifilm Dimatix
S-class | Q-class | SE3 | SX3
128 | 256 nozzles
Volume: 10 – 90 pL
XAAR
1002 | 1003
1000 nozzles
Volume: 6 – 42 pL
Konica Minolta
512 | 1024(i)
512 | 1024 nozzles
Volume: 4 – 80 pL
Fujifilm Dimatix
Cartridges
16 nozzles
Volume: 1 | 10 pL

Features and options

  • Compatible with solvent based, aqueous, hotmelt and UV curable inks
  • Bulk ink supply, ink recirculation
  • Automated substrate handling
  • Inline UV, photonic and NIR pinning / curing
  • Glovebox integration for inert environment

PiXDRO services

  • Advanced training in periodic classes or customer specific: basic operator training, advanced scripting or print strategy training, etc.
  • Inkjet Printing Consultancy; e.g. development of customer specific print strategies
  • Process support, e.g. by using PiXDRO fully equipped print lab
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