Inkjet Training Center

Hands-on Lab Course | Inkjet Engineering

Foundation Course

Entry requirement

Either qualification and experience in one of the following areas:

  • Mechanics
  • Electronics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Color Science
  • Experience in development of printing systems or ink

Course details

English (speakers and collaborators also speak French and/or German)
CHF 3'450 - including lunch on TUE/WED/THU and optional activities on THU
iPrint, Rte de l’Ancienne Papeterie 180, 1723 Marly (CH)

The hands-on courses offered at iPrint’s renowned Inkjet Training Center are being enhanced! Course participants will benefit from hands-on demonstration sessions on the latest commercial equipment (printheads, drop watchers, ink delivery systems, etc.), which will facilitate the transfer of acquired skills and knowledge to their own work environments. Participants will be better equipped to identify the implementations best suited to their own R&D activities and businesses. 


The course is open to everybody that wishes to broaden their knowledge base in inkjet. No matter if you are an expert in a specific field of inkjet wishing to better understand other disciplines, or if you are involved in inkjet system integration or in inkjet system operation, or if you are a newcomer to inkjet. This course is for you!



The objectives of the foundation course in inkjet are to broaden the knowledge base and to acquire inkjet-specific terminology, enabling interdisciplinary communication and discussion. The theory sessions are complemented by hands-on lab training.



DAY 1 / 09h00 - 17h00

09h00 - Introduction
Welcome, course overview, introduction to inkjet.

09h15 - Colorimetry
File formats, RIP, color management, color space, the impact of restricted color space, CMYK and light colors, typical image artefacts, workflow. Lab work on color management.
Speaker: Gino Bonafini

13h15 - Printer design
Terminology, basics on frame construction, axes, drives, sensors, dynamics, resolution, repeatability, quality issues. Fluid supply systems, printing system integration, single pass vs. multi pass, system maintenance. Lab work on printer mechatronics.
Speaker: Johannes Renner

  DAY 2 / 08h30 - 17h00

08h30 - Inkjet printheads and jetting
Core technologies explained and reviewed, printhead manufacturers overview, resolution, crosstalk, deviation, drop velocity, drop placement accuracy. Lab work on printhead and jetting.
Speaker: Yoshinori Domae

13h15 - lnkjet datapath
Electronics and software, printhead drivers, driving heads (waveform), data path, required bandwidth, component speed, efficiency of power supply. Lab work on inkjet data path.
Speaker: Fernando Rodriguez Llorente

DAY 3 08h30 - 17h30

08h30 - Rheology
Introduction to rheology for inkjet inks. Viscosity, shear thinning, shear thickening, newtonian and non-newtonian fluid properties, etc. Lab work on ink rheology measurements.
Speaker: Tri Tuladhar

13h15 - lnkjet inks
Terminology, basics on ink formulation, dispersions, suspensions, stability, compatibility, degassing methods, filtering aspects. Lab work on ink characterization.
Speaker: Frédéric Bodino

  DAY 4 08h30 - 17h30

08h30 - Surface science
Ink-substrate interaction, characteristics of different substrates, effects of modifying surface energy on print quality, pre-treatment methods. Lab work on substrate pre-treatment.
Speaker: Gilbert Gugler

13h15 - Ink system and drop watching workshop
Hands-on workshop on different commercial ink systems and drop watching equipment using different inks and printheads.

17h30 - Inkjet Ecosystem visit (optional)
Visit of inkjet companies on the Marly Innovation Center.

18h00 - Aperitif (optional)
Networking among participants, speakers and iPrint partners.

DAY 5 08h30 - 12h30

08h30 - Printing workshop
Hands-on workshop on how to improve printing quality, printhead maintenance, etc.

12h00 - Wrap-up
Feedback, certificates, course conclusion.

Participants can also request personalized training on specific topics. iPrint is flexible and happy to support your inkjet education.


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