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FUJIFILM Dimatix Launches New Materials Printer at Large-area, Organic & Printed Electronics Convention

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Press release from the issuing company

Frankfurt, Germany, – FUJIFILM Dimatix, the leading provider of industrial inkjet printheads, components and systems, introduced today the DMP-5005 complementing its extensive line of Materials Printers. The DMP-5005 is a large format, non-contact, fluid deposition system capable of jetting a wide range of fluid types using the Fujifilm Dimatix 16-jet, 1 or 10 picoliter user-fillable cartridges for product and process development and up to five sequentially operating 128-jet, 1 or 10 picoliter printheads with up to five different functional fluids.

The new DMP-5005, like the earlier introduced DMP-5000, has a printable area of 500 x 500 mm and maintains a positional accuracy and repeatability of ± 5 microns and ± 1 microns, respectively. The printer 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.

An integrated drop visualization system captures droplet formation images dynamically as droplet ejection parameters are adjusted to produce a tuned printhead and fluid combination. Also, sophisticated electronics allow each printhead to be calibrated on a per nozzle basis to provide the ultimate in printing accuracy. A second camera system allows precise pattern printing location feature measurement and observations of fluid drying behavior.

The new DMP-5005 uses the Dimatix Materials Cartridge 16-jet printhead for initial development with easy scale-up to multiple production-worthy D-Class printheads for more complex applications.

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 picoliter and 10 picoliter drop volumes. The industry-first 1 picoliter cartridge can deposit features as small as 20 microns (20 millionths of a meter) and below to fabricate products such as organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) and printed circuits.

D-Class 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 picoliter 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 picoliter and 10 picoliter Printheads share identical physical features for easy interchangeability. Both are further enhanced using driver-per-nozzle capability, which allows the ultimate in printhead tuning 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.

"Our new DMP-5005 further expands our already comprehensive range of non-contact, inkjet-based, purpose-built systems for demanding and complex materials deposition applications. The DMP-5005 facilitates R&D process development using inexpensive, user-fillable cartridges to full manufacturing capability with production grade, performance oriented printheads-an industry first" said Martin Schoeppler, CEO and President of Fujifilm Dimatix, Inc.

The new DMP-5005 joins the DMP-2800, DMP-3000 and DMP-5000 printers introduced in 2005, 2009, and 2010, respectively. All four printers are equipped 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 Dimatix Materials Cartridges.

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 Dimatix 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 microns and ± 1 micron, respectively.


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