WHO IS FINANCING THE $ 7Mil INKJET RESEARCH GRANT ?

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WHO IS FINANCING THE $ 7Mil INKJET RESEARCH GRANT ?

 user 2009-11-13 at 11:06:57 am Views: 40
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    WHO IS FINANCING THE $ 7Mil INKJET RESEARCH
    GRANT ?

    £5m
    granted for inkjet research

    November
    2009 A consortium of inkjet manufacturers, in association with
    Cambridge University, has been awarded a £5m grant for research to help
    bring advanced inkjet applications closer to a commercial reality.The
    five-year project will see around 10 researchers and four students
    dedicated to the initiative from seven university departments, led by
    Professor Ian Hutchings of the Institute for Manufacturing, alongside
    expertise from the likes of Domino, FFEI, Inca, Linx Printing
    Technologies, Sericol, Xaar and Sun Chemical.The aim of the project is
    to address the physical challenges behind advancing inkjet processes,
    such as how to increase speeds without impacting resolution, and vice
    versa.Similarly, Hutchings said that increasing speeds means increasing
    the energy needs which, in turn, makes it more difficult to create
    consistently round droplets.Other factors that the team will target
    include creating a robust single-pass process. Hutchings said it is
    important to reduce the number of steps in any manufacturing process, as
    even a 99% yield is commercially unusable in a process that requires 50
    steps. This means that tackling factors, such as nozzle failure, will
    be key to the success of the project.

    According to Hutchings,
    while there are advanced inkjet technologies already in existence with
    commercial applications, such as printing solar cell panels and circuit
    boards, or even creating bespoke jewellery using material deposition,
    the resolution and robustness of the inkjet processes are still not
    comparable with traditionally manufactured equivalents.”It would be very
    nice if, in 20 years people, could visit a factory and see inkjet
    machines in manufacturing lines, alongside welding and others things,”
    he added.The commercial inkjet companies involved will open up some of
    their own intellectual property to drive the project forward, as well as
    donating funds. Hutchings said one of the most interesting aspects is
    to have “direct competitors sitting in the same room co-operating on the
    project”.The grant was awarded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
    Research Council and the first progress reports will be published
    within a year.