Xaar has launched a five-step service for the evaluation of fluids for use in new product development and advanced manufacturing to help companies to establish the suitability of inkjet technology and fluids in new applications without incurring large upfront costs.
To support the new service, Xaar has invested in a dedicated laboratory equipping it with several custom test rigs for sample production and fluid testing including a Notion Systems n.jet 3D printer.
Each new project starts with the initial fluid evaluation providing feedback on issues such as ink development and material compatibility as well as options for complex rheology testing and fluid physicals measurement. Stage two moves to jetting optimization encompassing printhead waveform configuration, alongside application and fluid optimization. In the third stage actual sample production, to move onto stage four of the development application, focusing on the provision of the relevant Xaar inkjet system. Stage 5 then completes each project through providing continued support.
‘Inkjet technology is now highly relevant across a multitude of new product development applications, and we wanted to enable companies to be able to review the suitability of inkjet printing in their product development programs without the need for significant capital investment or upfront costs,’ said Mike Seal, Xaar’s business development manager of Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printheads division.
‘Providing access to our inkjet development expertise through our five-step service helps clients get to market quicker by reducing their own development timelines and costs. From 3D printing through to functional fluid applications such as optics and flat panel displays, the possibilities and applications for inkjet printing are extremely diverse, and our dedicated team and 5-step service is here to support throughout each development project,’ concluded Seal.