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FUJIFILM Dimatix introduces new DMP-5000 series Materials Printer

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Santa Clara, Calif. - FUJIFILM Dimatix, the leading provider of industrial inkjet printheads, components and systems, introduced today its new Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP).  The new DMP-5000 is a large format, non-contact, fluid deposition system capable of jetting a wide range of functional fluids using multiple FUJIFILM Dimatix fluid deposition printheads interchangeably.
 
The new DMP-5000 features a printable area of 500 x 500 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and ± 1 µm respectively. The DMP-5000 uses a temperature controlled vacuum platen to accurately register, maintain and thermally manage substrates during printing. These substrates include plastic, glass, ceramics, and silicon, as well as flexible substrates ranging from membranes, gels, and thin films to paper products.
 
The printer includes an integrated drop visualization system that captures droplet formation images dynamically as droplet ejection parameters are adjusted to produce a tuned printhead and fluid combination. Also, sophisticated electronics allow the printhead to be calibrated on a per nozzle basis to compensate for any channel-to-channel variability. A second camera system allows substrate measurements and alignment, observations of fluid drying behavior, with droplet measurement and placement calculations.
 
The DMP-5000 joins the FUJIFILM Dimatix DMP-2800 and DMP-3000 printers introduced in 2005 and 2009, respectively. All three printer systems come with a drop watcher, fiducial camera, heated vacuum platen, automated printhead maintenance and cleaning, PC, monitor and easy to use software.
 
The DMP-2800 is a bench-top system designed for micro-precision jetting of functional fluids onto virtually any surface. It can build and define patterns over an area of 200 x 300 mm onto substrates up to 25 mm thick using single-use printhead cartridges that researchers can fill with their own fluids.
 
Similar in features and operation to the DMP-2800, the floor standing DMP-3000 with its high precision motion control is an inkjet deposition system that can jet fluids using both cartridge-based printheads for small manufacturing volumes to high performance printheads for industrial, high throughput requirements. The DMP-3000 has a printable area of 300 x 300 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 µm and ± 1 µm, respectively.
 
Multiple FUJIFILM Dimatix printhead models including the DMP Cartridge-based printheads, the D-Class printheads and the SX3 and SE3 hybrid production-worthy printheads are used interchangeably with the DMP-5000 and DMP-3000 printers.
 
The Dimatix Materials Cartridge is a 16-jet, user-fillable, snap-in replaceable printhead and fluid supply used with all DMP models and is available in 1 pL and 10 pL drop volumes. It is based on FUJIFILM Dimatix’s proprietary silicon MEMS technology. The industry-first 1 pL cartridge can deposit features as small as 20 μm (20 millionths of a meter) to fabricate products such as organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) and printed circuits.
 
The D-128 DPN Printheads have 128 individually addressable jets and are constructed using silicon MEMS technology similar to the Dimatix Materials Cartridge, thus enabling direct translation of findings from one printhead to the other. With the industry's only 1 pL production piezoelectric printhead, the D-128 DPN Printheads are also the only printheads with integrated cooling capability to maintain fluid viscosity for operation over heated substrates. The D-128 DPN 1 pL and 10 pL Printheads share identical physical features for easy interchangeability. Both are further enhanced using driver-per-nozzle (DPN) capability, which allows compensating for any channel-to-channel variability between each of the 128-jets. This trimming feature ensures drop volume uniformity, essential for dispensing applications or modifications to drop velocity for increased placement accuracy, critical for patterning applications especially when using very small drop sizes.
 
The SX3 Printhead is a highly compact, high performance hybrid printhead. The SX3 delivers a precise 10 pL droplet size from 128 inline jets that can be individually tuned. A silicon nozzle plate with a non-wetting coating is compatible with the aggressive fluids used in electronics and other fabrication applications.
 
The SE3 Printhead like the SX3 is a compact, high performance hybrid printhead designed for precise drop placement of larger drop sizes. The SE3 delivers a 35 pL calibrated drop through 128 inline jets that can be individually tuned. Using a silicon nozzle plate and a non-wetting coating, it is compatible with the aggressive fluids used in electronics and other fabrication applications.
 
“With the addition of the new DMP-5000 combined with our broad range of interchangeable printheads, wide range of drop volumes and application specific capabilities, Dimatix now provides the most comprehensive solutions in the industry for process, fluids and product development for materials deposition applications,” said Martin Schoeppler, CEO and President of Fujifilm Dimatix, Inc.
 
“Our scalable approach means that initial research, sample and process developments are directly translatable from the laboratory and can be used to specify prototype printing system design and development”.
 
FUJIFILM Dimatix is demonstrating the DMP-2800, DMP-3000 and the new DMP-5000 at its expanded corporate headquarters in Santa Clara, California U.S.A.

 

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Richard Romano, Section Editor/Senior Analyst
Richard has written about communication, graphics hardware and software trends for the past 15 years.

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