Introduction to Inkjet Printing Technology

Ingredient Selection for Inkjet Ink Formulation

Conventional Emerging Trends in Inkjet Printing

Conventional Emerging Trends in Inkjet Printing

The traditional & emerging applications of inkjet printing include:

Traditional Emerging
  • Marking of packages
  • Graphics applications for indoors and outdoors sign posters, trade show displays, billboards, & banners
  • Printing/decoration of textiles
  • 3D rapid prototyping
  • Printed electronic circuits
  • LCD functional layers
  •  Fuel cells, batteries and solar panels

In textile, it is envisioned that digital inkjet will overtake the conventional textile printing systems such as flatbed or rotary screen printing, which is the most commercial form of textile printing. Unlike the traditional methods of textiles printing with rollers or rotary screen screens, inkjet printing does not require screen manufacture, which cuts down costs considerably.

Also, machine set‐up time for print registration is much faster and easier compared to the most advanced conventional systems in the industry. More importantly, there are no costs involved in making up print pastes since the inks are usually supplied in replaceable cartridges.

Replaceable Cartridges

The initial low printing speed associated with inkjet printing and the associated high cost of ink has become history over the last 5 years due to the significant developments in inkjet printing speed. This, together with the trend towards printing short runs and mass customization has made inkjet printing more viable compared to the traditional textile printing systems.

Currently, with printing speeds of up 3,500 m2/h by MS LaRio; it is not hard to imagine that within the next few years, developments in the technology in inkjet textile printing machines will exceed the speeds of rotary screen-printing machines besides their advantage of low effluent production and less space requirement for operations.

Now that you've learned about the ingredient selection for inkjet inks along with the traditional & current trends, let's walk through the standards test methods for pigmented inks.

Standard Test Methods for Pigmented Systems

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