Publication Details (including relevant citation information):
Plastic Decorating Magazine. July/August 2013 (Reprinted in Plastics Decorating ENews, December 2013):
Innovating Inkjet Technologies for Plastic Products. Scott R. Sabreen and Dene Taylor,
The demand for digital inkjet on three-dimensional plastic products is increasing exponentially. Application challenges to achieving robust printing operations are the optimal ink chemistry and printhead design, compatibility between the ink and polymeric substrate, and curing. Most companies investing in inkjet technology desire to decorate multiple substrates. Since there are often substantial chemical and physical differences between plastics, even within the same polymer family, it becomes challenging to print on all materials. In part, difficulties can arise from the inkjet manufacturer’s printhead design and certified ink supplier partnerships that limit certain ink chemistries that may have superior characteristics. This article emphasizes the needs for “ink-printhead” driven process solutions and polymeric surface compatibility.