Material printers

These material printers offer a wide range of resolutions and deposition mechanisms ranging from a simple single piezoelectric print head to dual head configurations. Several of these printers are compatible with multiple print head allowing the maximum flexibility with regards to material handling and deposition.  

Clicking on the titles below will take you to detailed information about each printer.

  • Notion

    Notion n.jet printer Photograph courtesy of Notion Systems

    Model

    N.Jet

    Manufacturer

    Notion Systems

    Print head specifications

    Current: Spectra S-class (128 nozzles) , Konica Minolta DM 512 (512 nozzles, Xaar 1001 head

     

    Additional On Request:  FujiFilm   (Sapphire,    Emerald,    Polaris,    Nova, Galaxy), Konica-Minolta (KM1024,  KM1024i, KM1800i) Kyocera (KJ4), Seiko (Printek  508 Greyscale, 510 Binary and 254), Toshiba TEC (CA3, CA4, CA5, CE2 and CF1), Ricoh (Gen4 and Gen 4L). On request: Xerox and Trident

    Features

    Versatile allowing easy interchange of printheads from a wide range of manufacturers, sheet printing (with heated platen) and  integrated UV pinning capability

    Inks

    Aqueous and Solvent (dependent on print heads chosen)

    Notes

     

    The N.Jet printer from Notion systems allows the flexibility to optimise and demonstrate scale up from an R&D level to industrial relevance. The Printer can accommodate several printhead configurations and the current specifications have been chosen to reflect the broadest range of applications to provide maximum flexibility. An integrated pinning bar helps to maintain the printing integrity prior to a full cure. To ensure minimum contamination and a dust free environment this printer is housed in a clean room.

     
    More about Notion N.Jet

  • Dimatix

    Model

    Dimatix Materials Printers (DMP 2800)

    Manufacturer

     Fuji film

    Print head specifications

    1 and 10 pl printheads

    Features

    1.5 ml cartridge capacity, Fiducial camera, 16 nozzles at 254 mm spacing

    Inks

    Aqueous, Solvents, Acidic and Basic

    Notes

    Can operate over an A4 substrate area.

    More about Dimatix DMP 2800

  • Superinkjet Printer

    Super inkjet printer. Photograph courtesy of SIJ technology.

    Model

    SIJ-S030

    Manufacturer

    Super inkjet Printer

    Print head specifications

    Electrostatic.

    Drop volume < 1 femtolitre (fl = 10-15 l).

    Features

    Vaccum contact stage

    4 nozzles

    Heated stage available

    DXF-SIJ conversion software

    Inks

    Aqueous and Solvent

    Notes

    0.5~10,000cps.

    Real-time observation camera

    1 micron features possible

    This small printer can easily print micron sized features comparable to that achieved by photolithographic methods. The printer operates under normal ambient conditions and has an easy nozzle exchange system. The printer is compatible with a wide range of inks and viscosities. To ensure minimum contamination and a dust free environment this printer is housed in a clean room.

    More about Superinket SIJ-S030

  • Bioprinter

    The above three images are the Bixdro LP50 bioprinter, photographs courtesy of Roth & Rau.

    Model

    Pixdro LP50

    Manufacturer

    Meyer burger

    Print head specifications

    Spectra, Konica Minolta, Trident, Xaar and Microfab

    4 - 200 pico liter

    Features

    Heated and cooled substrate (2-40 degrees Celcius)

    Drop watching Software

    Dual Head configurations available

    Inks

    Aqueous

    Notes

    Two independent single inkjet printhead systems coupled in parallel with a valve jet microextruder.

    Bioprinting is a rapidly expanding area of interest and the Pixdro LP50 offers a flexible approach to the printing of biological materials. This dedicated bioprinter is housed within a class 2 laboratory complete with cell culture facilities to ensure maximum cleanliness with minimised culture to print time and vice versa. Bioprinting experiments can also be performed using the Dimatix and MPP 1000 printers.


    More about Bioprinter Pixdro LP50

  • Microfab

    Model

    MPP 1000

    Manufacturer

    , The University of Manchester

    Print head specifications

    Piezoelectric Microfab printheads available in 30 pl - 100 pl

    Features

    X,Y,Z motion platform.  Ideal as a test-station. Heated and cooledstage options available. Can run two printheads.

    Inks

    Aqueous and Solvents

    Notes

    In-house designed and built printing platform based on Microfab Technology

     

  • Xenjet

    Model

    Xenjet

    Manufacturer

    Xennia

    Print head specifications

    4 parallel Xaar XJ128 printheads and a single Xenjet XJ500

     

    Features

     

    Inks

     

    Notes

    Compatible with industrial printheads with the exception of the XJ128 and 500 heads

  • Mimaki

    Model

    TX-1600 Mimaki

    Manufacturer

    Mimaki

    Print head specifications

    Piezo electric drop on demand

    180 nozzles x 8 colors x 2 line staggered layout

    Features

    Max print size is 1,620 mm (64 inch)

     

    Inks

    Reactive Dye / Acid Dye

    Notes

    Can print with 8 colours.

    Maxiumum printing speed 28.4m2/h.

    Maximum resolution is 720 dpi. Variable dot technology

    The colouration and design of textiles are vital to the equality and saleability of the product. Therefore with the development of inkjet printing technology for textiles the creative boundaries have been broken and textiles designers have “released”. At Manchester the Digital Printing Centre has the latest AVA CAD Design Print systems coupled to Mimaki printers. This powerful technology combination linked to the wider world class weaving, knitting and colouration facilities in Textiles and Paper allows the textile technology platform to be manufactured and effectively interfaced with innovative print design.

    More about TX-1600 Mimaki

Using our equipment

If you are interested in using any of the above printers for academic or industrial purposes, please get in touch.

For our other equipment, see the pages for our three-dimensional suite and analytical equipment.

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