Q-Class Emerald and Sapphire printheads extend the reach and transferability of the large-format DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 Dimatix Materials Printers to large-feature fluid deposition applications and from lab prototypes to production system using Q-Class printheads
Dusseldorf, Germany; May 3, 2012 – FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. today announced that it has added support for its versatile and highly scalable Q-Class platform of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads to the range of printheads available for its DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 Dimatix Materials Printers, thereby broadening the scope of the fluid deposition systems to support applications requiring precise large-feature fluid deposition such as conductive and non-conductive patterning and coating large surfaces with functional fluids from UV-curable light-emitting polymers to conductive and dielectric Inks.
The DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 are large format, non-contact, fluid deposition systems capable of jetting a wide range of functional fluids using multiple FUJIFILM Dimatix fluid deposition printheads interchangeably. The DMP-3000 features a printable area of 300 x 300 mm, while the DMP-5000 can print on a variety of surfaces up to 500 x 500 mm. Each deposition system maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and ± 1 µm, respectively – characteristics that make both systems suitable for developing functional fluids, manufacturing processes and low-volume prototypes that require high precision drop placement.
Two series of Q-Class printheads are now available for the large-format DMP systems – the Sapphire QS-256 AAA in 10-, 30- and 80-picoliter native drop sizes, and the Emerald QE-256 AAA with 30- and 80-pl native drop sizes.
All five Q-class inkjet printhead models now supported for materials deposition feature 256 channels arranged in a single row of nozzles. The Sapphire QS-256/10 AAA, QS-256/30 AAA and QS-256/80 AAA feature inert silicon nozzle plates, and the Emerald QE 256/30 AAA and QE-256/80 AAA have durable electro-formed metal nozzle plates.
The Sapphire QS-256 AAA series and Emerald QE-256 AAA printheads deliver superb jetting accuracy combined with support for complex jetting waveforms to enable multi-pulse operation for increased drop volumes over and above native drop sizes at unprecedented throughput rates. Their lightweight, thin-profile design and configurability, plus support for a broad range of ink formulations including aqueous.
The addition of the five Sapphire and Emerald printheads gives DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 users the ability to tap 12 different interchangeable FUJIFILM Dimatix printhead models delivering drop sizes from 1 pl to 150 pl and featuring from 16 to 256 nozzles. These include two 16-jet Dimatix DMC Cartridge-based printheads delivering 1 pl and 10 pl drop sizes using silicon nozzle plates, four models of the 128-jet D-Class and SX3 and SE3 printheads, and the five 256-channel Q-Class Emerald and Sapphire.
FUJIFILM Dimatix' support for interchangeable print heads across the DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 product line combined with Q-class scalability results in a development platform that enables transferring initial research, sample and process developments from laboratory prototypes to production machines using Q-Class printheads in systems other than Dimatix Materials Printers.
The Q-Class printheads also extend the reach of DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 deposition systems to a broad range of industrial and other applications that can benefit from their larger drop sizes. These include large-feature fluid deposition for conductive and non-conductive patterning, filling slots in electronic materials created by laser ablation, and coating large surface areas with a variety of functional fluids from UV-curable light-emitting polymers to conductive and dielectric Inks.
"Adding support for Emerald and Sapphire printheads on our floor-standing Dimatix Materials Printers creates new opportunities for applying inkjet technology to a broad spectrum of applications that were not previously feasible," said Chuck Griggs, Vice President, Applications Engineering of FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc.
"The scalability of Dimatix Q-Class printheads, along with their excellent dot placement accuracy, channel-to-channel uniformity, low cross talk, and high productivity, adds an exciting and new dimension to the field of large-feature fluid deposition."
At Drupa 2012 tradeshow in Düsseldorf, Germany, May 3-16, 2012, FUJIFILM Dimatix will show the DMP-3000 Materials Printer equipped with a Q-Class Sapphire printhead jetting a conductive fluid.
FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc., the world's leading supplier of drop-on-demand inkjet printheads for industrial applications, is driving a revolution in inkjet technology to support a new generation of products for printing, industrial product decoration and materials deposition. The company's innovative inkjet technology and world-class fabrication techniques enable OEMs, system integrators and manufacturers to build cutting-edge systems and manufacturing processes for high-performance, precision printing of traditional inks and deposition of functional fluids on all types of surfaces, including flexible substrates.
A wholly owned subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Inc. is headquartered in Santa Clara, California and maintains U.S. product development and manufacturing operations in California and New Hampshire. The company sells and supports its products worldwide through offices in the United States, Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan and Singapore. For more information, visit www.dimatix.com.
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 20 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2009, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.
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