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Atomization and Sprays
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Atomization and Sprays

DOI: 10.1615/AtomizSpr.2013007653
pages 541-565

FUTURE, OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF INKJET TECHNOLOGIES

J. Rafael Castrejon-Pita
Inkjet Research Centre, University of Cambridge
W. R. S. Baxter
Inca Digital Printers, Ltd., 515 Coldhams Lane, Cambridge, CB1 3JS, United Kingdom
J. Morgan
Domino Printing Sciences Plc., Bar Hill, Cambridge, CB23 8TU, United Kingdom
S. Temple
Templetech, Ltd., 10 Cambridge Road, Impington, CB24 9NU, United Kingdom
G. D. Martin
Inkjet Research Centre, University of Cambridge
I. M. Hutchings
Inkjet Research Centre, University of Cambridge

ABSTRAKT

Inkjet printing relies on the formation of small liquid droplets to deliver precise amounts of material to a substrate under digital control. Inkjet technology is becoming relatively mature and is of great industrial interest thanks to its flexibility for graphical printing and its potential use in less conventional applications such as additive manufacturing and the production of printed electronics and other functional devices. Its advantages over traditional methods of printing include the following: it produces little or no waste, it is versatile because several different methods exist, it is noncontact, and it does not require a master template so that printed patterns can be readily modified on demand. However, the technology is in need of further development to become mainstream in emerging applications such as additive manufacturing (3D printing). This review contains a description of conventional and less common inkjet methods and surveys the current applications of inkjet in industry. This is followed by specific examples of the barriers, limitations, and challenges faced by inkjet technology in both graphical printing and manufacturing.