The inkjet printing process, as implemented by Solidscape Inc., begins with the build material (thermoplastic) and support material (wax) being held in a melted state inside two heated reservoirs. These materials are each fed to an inkjet print head which moves in the X-Y plane and shoots tiny droplets to the required locations to form one layer of the part. Both the build material and support material instantly cool and solidify.
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Inkjet Printing Technologies report is primarily focused on the inkjet printing technology market and its uses by various end-use industries in the Asia-Pacific region. This report on the inkjet printing technology market highlights strong demand for inkjet printing products in countries such as China, India, Japan and others.
BCC Research analyzed key categories and regions to determine the status of the present and future inkjet printing technology market and forecasted market growth from 2017 to 2023.
After a layer has been completed, a milling head moves across the layer to smooth the surface. The particles resulting from this cutting operation are vacuumed away by the particle collector.
The elevator then lowers the build platform and part so that the next layer can be built. After this process is repeated for each layer and the part is complete, the part can be removed and the wax support material can be melted away.
The market for most inkjet printing technologies is anticipated to grow at a healthy rate in Asia-Pacific through 2023. Inkjet printers are a basic type of consumer printer; the technology works by finely distributing ionized ink droplets on a sheet of paper.
When the paper is fed through the printer, the ionized ink drops are directed in the path of the ink by magnetic plates. It provides a resolution of 300 to 350 dots per inch.
Scan and single-pass printing are two types of inkjet printing systems.
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In the thermal bubble technique, ink channels are formed on the surface of a planar substrate using a photoimageable polymer. A small heater is formed using a thin film resistive metallic layer less than 1 micrometer thick in the wall of the ink channel leading to each nozzle.
Typically, such a heater is square in shape, about 10 to 20 micrometers on each side. Low resistance thin film metallic conductor connections are attached to two opposing sides of the heater resistor, and a pulse of electrical current is flowed through the heater resistor for about 1 microsecond in duration.
- 28 data tables and 10 additional tables
- Detailed overview and industry analysis of the emerging inkjet printing technologies and applications, within the Asia-Pacific region
- Analyses of global market trends, with data from 2017 to 2018, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2023
- Country specific data and analysis for China, Japan, India and other emerging economies
- Information on the specific drivers, trends, and challenges for different segments of the market
- General assessment of expected technological and market trends in the longer term
- Discussion of the issues involved in print head technology, such as fabrication, design considerations, and performance parameters
- A relevant patent analysis within the emerging inkjet printing technologies
- Detailed profiles of the major market players, including Canon Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., HP Inc., Huntsman International Llc, Konica Minolta IJ Technologies Inc., Seiko Epson Corp., Toshiba Tec Corp. and Xerox Corp.
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The amplitude of this electrical current is designed to heat the resistor enough to boil the ink. A thin layer of ink (about 0.01 micrometer of ink) closest to the resistor explosively boils, forming a vapor bubble and expanding about one thousand times in volume.
This volume expansion creates a pressure pulse in the fluid, causing ink in the nozzle (downstream of the heater) to be ejected toward the paper. After several microseconds, the vapor bubble cools and collapses.
Then the surface tension of the ink meniscus in the nozzle pulls in more ink from the reservoir to refill the nozzle in preparation for the next drop to be ejected.
Chapter 4 Industry Structure
Printing Industry Structure
Printing Industry Products
Printing Industry Operations
Raw Materials Used in the Printing Industry
Technologies Used in the Printing Industry
Sales and Marketing in the Printing Industry
Industry Dependence on Seasonal Demand
Printing Industry Regulations
Revenue Growth and Capital Investment
Industry Consolidation as a Market Strategy
Companies Moving to Service Business