Hands-on Lab Course | Inkjet Engineering and Inkjet Chemistry
Either qualification and experience in one of the following areas:
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.
Welcome, course overview, introduction to inkjet. Printer Mechatronics Terminology, basics on frame construction, axes, drives, sensors, dynamics, resolution, repeatability, quality issues. Introduction to practical training in the lab. Lab work on material compatibility and printer mechatronics (in small groups guided by training coaches according to lab workbooks).
Core technologies explained and reviewed, print head manufacturers overview, resolution, crosstalk, deviation, drop velocity, drop placement accuracy. Lab work on print heads.
Inkjet 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.
Terminology in rheology, viscosity and rheology, shear thinning-shear thickening, newtonian and non-newtonian properties, gas demonstration. Lab work on ink characterization.
Terminology, basics on ink formulation, drying, curing, pinning, dispersions, suspensions, stability, compatibility. Introduction to drop watching. Lab work on drop watching.
Ink-substrate interaction, characteristics of different substrates, effects of modifying surface energy on print quality, pre-treatment methods, dyne pens. Lab work on substrate pre-treatment.
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 (optional)
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.
Feedback, certificates, course conclusion.
Participants can also request personalized training on specific topics. iPrint is flexible and happy to support your inkjet education.