A desktop electrohydrodynamic jet printing system

Kira Barton, Sandipan Mishra, K. Alex Shorter, Andrew Alleyne, Placid Ferreira, John Rogers

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Abstract

This paper discusses the design and integration of a desktop system for electrohydrodynamic jet (E-jet) printing. E-jet printing is a micro/nano-manufacturing process that uses an electric field to induce fluid jet printing through micro/nano-scale nozzles. This enables better control and resolution than traditional jet-printing processes. The printing process is predominantly controlled by changing the voltage potential between the nozzle and the substrate. The push to drive E-jet printing towards a viable micro/nanomanufacturing process has led to the design of a compact, cost effective, and user friendly desktop E-jet printing system. The hardware and software components of the desktop system are described in the paper. Experimental results are presented to validate the performance of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-616
Number of pages6
JournalMechatronics
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to acknowledge Rachel Townsley and David Hoelzle for their contributions to the design and implementation of the desktop system. Additionally, the authors would like to acknowledge Stephen Thompson and Jose Caceres for their contributions to the design of the multi-nozzle toolbit mount. The authors gratefully acknowledge the contribution and support of the NSF Nano-CEMMS Center under Award numbers DMI-0328162 and CMMI-0749028 .

Keywords

  • Electrohydrodynamic jet printing
  • Manufacturing process
  • Micro/nano-scale manufacturing
  • System design/integration

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