The inkjet training

Hands-on Lab Course | Inkjet Engineering and Inkjet Chemistry

Foundation Course

Entry requirement

Either qualification and experience in one of the following areas:

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

Course details

English (speakers and collaborators also speak French and/or German)
CHF 2'950 - including lunch on TUE/WED/THU and optional activities on MON and THU
iPrint, Rte de l’Ancienne Papeterie 180, 1723 Marly (CH)

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

The course is open to everybody in inkjet that wishes to broaden their knowledge base: No matter if you are an expert in a specific field of inkjet who wishes to better understand other disciplines, 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!

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this foundation course in inkjet engineering and inkjet chemistry are to broaden the knowledge base and to acquire inkjet specific terminology and vocabulary enabling interdisciplinary communication and discussion between the disciplines. The theory sessions are backed up by hands-on lab training. Participants mesure the physical properties and introduce the concepts of material compatibility, pigment dispersions stability and waveform development.

 

PROGRAM

DAY 1

Introduction
Welcome, course overview, introduction to inkjet.
Printer Mechatronics
Terminology, basics on frame construction, axis, drives, sensors, dynamics, resolution, repeatability, quality issues. Introduction to the practical training in the lab. Lab work on material compatibility and printer mechatronics (in small groups guided by training coaches according to lab workbooks).

  DAY 2

Printheads
Core technologies explained and reviewed, print head manufacturers overview, resolution, crosstalk, deviation, drop velocity, drop placement accuracy. Lab work on print heads.
lnkjet System Design
Fluid supply systems, degassing methods, filtering aspects, printing system integration, single pass vs. multi pass, system maintenance. Lab work on ink filtration and degassing.

DAY 3

Rheology
Terminology in rheology, viscosity and rheology, shear thinning-shear thickening, newton and non-newton properties, demonstration gas. Lab work on ink characterization.
lnkjet lnks
Terminology, basics on ink formulation, drying, curing, pinning, dispersions, suspensions, stability, compatibility. Introduction to drop watching. Lab work on drop watching.

  DAY 4

Surface Science - lnk Substrate Interaction
Characteristics of different substrates, ink-substrate interaction, effects of modifying surface energy on print quality, pre-treatment methods, dyne pens. Lab work on substrate pre-treatment.
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.

Visit of iPrint Center (optional)

Apéro (optional)

DAY 5

lnkjet Datapath - Electronics and Software
Print head drivers, driving heads (wave form), data path, required bandwidth, component speed, efficiency of power supply. Lab work on printing strategies.
Wrap-up
Feedback, hand out certificate, closing of the course.

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

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