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Materials Selection for an Ink Jet Printer

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3 Author(s)
Beach, B.L. ; IBM Office Products Division laboratory, Lexington, KY 40507, USA ; Hildenbrandt, C.W. ; Reed, W.H.

An ink jet printer includes a system of parts that supplies, filters, pumps, circulates, and pulses a jet of ink. These parts, made of various materials (metals, plastics, rubbers, adhesives), must satisfy the mechanical and electrical requirements of the system while being compatible with the chemical composition of the ink. This paper describes the selection and evaluation of these materials for a particular ink and printer design.

Note: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Incorporated is distributing this Article with permission of the International Business Machines Corporation (IBM) who is the exclusive owner. The recipient of this Article may not assign, sublicense, lease, rent or otherwise transfer, reproduce, prepare derivative works, publicly display or perform, or distribute the Article.  

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 1 )