DMP2831_User_Manual
Dimatix
Materials
Printer
Dimatix Materials Printer
DMP-2800 Series
User Manual
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Dimatix Materials Printer
About this Manual
Throughout this manual a variety of conventions are used to highlight essential
information that is important for the overall safety and understanding of issues in using
this product. These include:
1.1
Warnings
WARNING
!
1.2
(Dieses Symbol kennzeichnet Hinweise zu
Handlungsweisen, Methoden oder Zuständen die
zu Schäden am Produkt, wirtschftlichem Verlußt,
Personenschäden oder zum Tode führen können.)
Cautions
CAUTION
!
1.3
This symbol identifies information about
procedures, practices or conditions that can result
in damage to the product, economic loss, personal
injury, or death.
This symbol identifies information about practices
or circumstances that may lead to damage to the
product or other economic loss.
(Dieses Symbol kennzeichnet Hinweise zu
Handlungsweisen oder Umstände die zu Schäden
am Produkt oder anderen wirtschaftlichen Schäden
führen können.)
ESD Advisory ESD = Electrostatic Sensitive Device (EGB = elektrostatisch
gefährdetes Bauteil)
This symbol identifies where there may be risk of
damage to the product due to Electrostatic
Discharge.
(Dieses Symbol kennzeichnet Punkte an denen das
Produkt durch elektrostatische Entladung
beschädigt werden könnte.)
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Wheelie Bin Symbol
This symbol identifies parts that should be
reclaimed as part of the Waste Electrical and
Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
1.5
Important
IMPORTANT
This symbol identifies information that is essential
to the understanding and correct use of this product.
(Dieses Symbol kennzeichnet, für das Verständnis
und den richtigen Umgang mit dem Gerät,
wesentliche Hinweise.)
1.6
Notes
Note:
Used for emphasizing additional information that aids in the understanding
and use of the product.
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Important Safety Information (Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise)
2.1
Safety (Sicherheit)
WARNING
!
WARNING
Only qualified, service-trained personnel who are aware
of the hazards involved should perform calibration,
maintenance, or repair of the product. Only these
qualified personnel should remove the covers from the
product.
(Kalibrierungen, Wartungen oder Reparaturen am
Produkt sollten nur von qualifiziertem Servicepersonal,
das sich den bestehenden Gefahren bewusst ist,
vorgenommen werden. Nur qualifiziertes Servicepersonal
sollte die Abdeckungen am Produkt entfernen.)
For continued protection against fire, replace the line
fuses only with fuses of the specified type and rating.
!
(Ersetzen Sie die Eingangssicherung nur mit Sicherungen
des spezifizierten Typs und der spezifizierten Leistung,
um einen sicheren Betrieb zu gewährleisten und Bränden
vorzubeugen.)
WARNING
Modification or misuse of the product or components can
cause harm to the user and will void any warranty.
!
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(Veränderungen oder Missbrauch des Produkts, oder
Veränderungen oder Missbrauch von Komponenten
können den Benutzer oder Dritte schädigen und führen
zum Garantieverlußt.)
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WARNING
!
WARNING
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The product must be connected to a protective earth
conductor via the three-wire power cable. The power plug
shall be inserted only into a grounded outlet. Do not
defeat the protective action by using an extension cord
without a grounded conductor.
(Das Produkt muß durch den Betrieb mit einem
dreiadrigen Stromkabel geerdet werden. Der Stecker darf
nur in eine geerdete Steckdose gesteckt werden.
Benutzten sie nur dreiadrige Verlängerungskabel mit
Erdung.)
For Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP-2800) serial
numbers less than 2831-0646-XXXX-XXXXXXXXX:
Fluid used in this product must have a fire point greater
than 125 °C.
(Beachten sie bei Dimatix Material Druckern (DMP2800) mit einer Seriennummer kleiner als 2831-0646XXXX-XXXXXXXXX: Fluide die in diesem Produkt
benutzt werden müssen einen Flammpunkt grösser als
125 °C aufweisen.)
WARNING
Do not overfill the ink cartridge. Its maximum capacity is
1.5 milliliters.
!
(Überfüllen sie die Druckerpatrone nicht. Das maximale
Fassungsvermögen der Druckerpatrone beträgt 1,5
Milliliter.)
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WARNING
!
WARNING
!
WARNING
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Do not operate the product in an explosive atmosphere.
Do not operate the product in the presence of
inflammable gases or fumes. Operation of any electrical
instrument in such an environment clearly constitutes a
safety hazard.
(Benutzten sie das Gerät nicht in explosiver Atmosphäre.
Benutzen sie das Gerät nicht in der Nähe von
entflammbaren Gasen oder Dämpfen. Der Einsatz
jeglicher elektronischer Geräte in einer solchen
Umgebung stellt eine eindeutige Sicherheitsgefährdung
dar.)
Care must be used when jetting multiple fluids. It may be
possible for reactions to occur in the absorbent pads
where multiple and or incompatible fluids may come in
contact with each other.
(Vorsicht ist beim Umgang und Druck mehrerer
verschiedener Flüssigkeiten geboten. Es ist möglich, dass
Reaktionen in den Absorberkissen stattfinden, wenn
inkompatible Flüssigkeiten miteinander in Kontakt
geraten können.)
The platen can reach temperatures of 60 °C, which is hot
to the touch. It can melt some materials if placed on it
while hot, and it can cause volatile materials to evaporate
faster if placed on the platen when hot.
(Die Substratplatte kann Temperaturen von bis zu 60 °C
erreichen. Dies ist zu heiss, um sie gefahrlos zu berühren.
Diese Temperatur kann Materialien zum schmelzen
bringen, wenn diese auf die Platte gestellt werden.
Ausserdem verdampfen flüchtige Materialien schneller
wenn sie auf die heisse Platte gestellt werden.)
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The cartridge can reach temperatures of 70 °C, which is
hot to the touch, and it can cause volatile materials to boil
off faster. Care must be taken that the cartridge settings
are appropriate when installing a cartridge with volatile
fluids.
(Das Cartridge kann Temperaturen von bis zu 70 °C
erreichen. Dies ist zu heiss, um es zu berühren.
Ausserdem verdampfen flüchtige Materialien schneller
wenn sie das heisse Cartridge berühren. Die Cartridge
Einstellungen müssen sehr sorgfältig gewählt werden,
wenn mit leicht flüchtigen Materialien im Cartridge
gearbeitet wird.)
Important (Wichtig)
IMPORTANT
All moving parts are interlocked to the printer lid. The
machine will stop if the lid is lifted during operation.
(Alle beweglichen Teile sind mit der Drucker-Klappe
gekoppelt. Die Maschine bleibt stehen wenn die Klappe
im Betrieb geöffnet wird.)
IMPORTANT
Replaceable pads capture and hold virtually all ink jetted
into them. In many cases this may then be considered
“solid waste” rather than “liquid waste.” Please dispose of
properly.
(Die austauschbaren Absorberkissen können fast alle
Tinten aufnehmen. In vielen Fällen gilt dies ehr als
„Fester Abfall“ und nicht als „Flüssiger Abfall“, bitte
entsorgen sie diesen fachgerecht.)
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IMPORTANT
This product complies with INSTALLATION
CATEGORY II and POLLUTION DEGREE 2 in
IEC61010-1. This product is an INDOOR USE product.
(Dieses Produkt erfüllt die Forderungen der „Installation
Category II“ und „Pollution Degree 2“ nach IEC61010-1.
Dieses Produkt ist ein Produkt für den Gebrauch in
trockenen Räumen.)
IMPORTANT
The LEDs within this product are Class 1 in accordance
with IEC60825-1, CLASS 1 LED PRODUCT.
(Die LEDs in diesem Produkt entsprechen Class 1 nach
IEC60825-1, Class 1 LED Product.)
Do not dispose this product as unsorted municipal
waste. Collection of such waste separately for
special treatment is necessary.
(Entsorgen sie dieses Produkt nicht als
unsortierten Hausmüll. Eine fachgerechte
Entsorgung ist nötig.)
Note:
This equipment has been tested and complies with the limits for a Class
A digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and,
if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may
cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference in
which case the user will be required to correct the interference at one’s
own expense.
Note:
This product complies with the radio interference requirements of the
European Union.
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About this Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
ESD Advisory ESD = Electrostatic Sensitive Device (EGB = elektrostatisch gefährdetes
Bauteil). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ii
Wheelie Bin Symbol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Important . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii
Important Safety Information (Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Safety (Sicherheit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv
Important (Wichtig) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
Chapter 1 – Introduction
System Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
System Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
System Identification . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Chapter 2 – Set-Up and Installation
Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
DMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
PC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
PC Start up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Starting Your DMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Dimatix Drop Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Chapter 3 – Initial Start-Up Operation
Install Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Select Pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Load/Unload Substrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Print Set-Up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Nozzle Test Pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Chapter 4 – Screen Descriptions
Main Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
File Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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Tools Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Help menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Cartridge Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Waveform Tab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cartridge Tab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cleaning Cycles Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
22
23
24
25
Cleaning Cycle Editor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Waveform Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Individual Segment Controls. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Overall Waveform Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Non-Jetting Waveform . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Jetting Waveform vs. Non-Jetting Waveform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
29
30
30
31
31
Replacing Cleaning Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31
Chapter 5 – Pattern Printing
Select Pattern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37
Predefined Standard Patterns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Create Your Own Pattern . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Substrate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pattern Block Array. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Pattern Block Drop Position . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Draw feature . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Drop Spacing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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39
41
42
42
45
Bitmap File Printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Substrate Tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
Placement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Tiling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Reference Point . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
Print Preview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
Cartridge Mounting Angle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
Chapter 6 – Drop Watcher
Drop Watcher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Drop Watcher Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
Tools Tab. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
Fiducial Camera . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74
Alignment Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Tools Menu in the Fiducial Camera Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76
Options menu in the Fiducial Camera Window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91
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Chapter 7 – Fluid Requirements
Dimatix Model Fluid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93
Drop Formation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95
Drop Velocity vs. Frequency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Drop Velocity vs. Voltage with different Viscosities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96
Voltage vs. Drop Mass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97
Chapter 8 – Waveform Basics
Waveform editor window explanation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100
Chapter 9 – Cartridge
Fluid Module Filling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Fill Syringe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 106
Assembly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Attach Fluid Module to Jetting Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 108
Cartridge Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Cleaning Function Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 110
Failure Modes, Prevention and Recovery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111
Chapter 10 – Print Quality Troubleshooting
Misdirected Nozzles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113
Corrective actions: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Non-Jetting Nozzles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115
Corrective actions: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 116
Non-Matched Velocities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117
Corrective action: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Cartridge Alignment & Drop Offset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 118
Corrective action: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
Things to remember . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120
System Faults . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
Faults. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
System Diagnostics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123
Preventative Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
Reference Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125
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Appendix A – Specifications
System Description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Mechanical System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127
Cartridge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Control PC and Application Software. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Replaceable Items . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Appendix B – Returning a DMP to Dimatix
Return Authorization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 129
DMP-2800 Cleaning Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Packing up the DMP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130
Appendix C – Technical Support
Extranet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131
Index. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133
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1
Introduction
The Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP) is a laboratory and limited production tool that
enables researchers, scientists, and engineers to evaluate the use of ink jetting technology
for new manufacturing and analytical processes. It is designed to be convenient and easy
to use to carry out “proof of concept” and development work using ink jet technology. It
does have extensive capabilities to allow increased experimental sophistication to
optimize process parameters for the user’s applications as the user gains familiarity with
the system.

Sheet substrate scanning “ink jet” deposition system with drop observation, spot
location, and variable printing resolution

User-fillable piezo-based jetting cartridges:
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Fluid module with syringe filling system
16 nozzles at 254 µm spacing
PC-controlled operation, including visual monitoring of ink jetting and printed
pattern inspection
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System Accessories
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Personal Computer (supplied)
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2.0
2.4 GHz CPU minimum
One USB 2.0 ports on computer (shows up as "Standard Enhanced PCI to USB
Host Controller" in device manager).
1280 x 1024 screen resolution
512 MB dram minimum
At least 200 MB free disk space
Windows XP operating system with Service Pack 2 installed

Starter Kit – consists of (1) DMC-11610 cartridge, (1) 30 ml bottle of model
fluid, (1) fill tip, (1) cleaning pad, (1) drop watcher pad, (1) filter and (1)
syringe

Syringes

Filters

Fill tips

Drop watcher pads
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Cleaning pads

Substrate location and positioning system (fiducial camera system) – Optional
System Requirements

Power: 100-120 / 200-240 VAC 50/60Hz 375W maximum

Environment: It is recommended that the DMP be used in a reasonably
controlled temperature and humidity environment to aid in uniform test results.
Atmospheric conditions can affect the materials used in jetting trials.

Operating:
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3.0
Temperature range 15 to 40C
Humidity range 5-95% RH, non-condensing
System Identification
The following diagram shows the major components of the Dimatix Materials Printer.
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Lid Closed Sensor
Lid
Print
Carriage
Drop
Watcher
Platen
Maintenance Station Blotting Pad
Power Switch
Indicator Light
Figure 1 - 1 DMP 2800
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The following diagram shows the major components of the DMP Printer Carriage.
Print Carriage
Fiducial Camera
Cartridge Cable
Skew Plate
Holder Latch
Cartridge Holder
Figure 1 - 2 Print Carriage
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Set-Up and Installation
1.0
Unpacking
1.1
DMP
The DMP is shipped in a wooden crate and weighs approximately 45 kg (100 lbs). At a
minimum two people are required to lift it out of the crate and place it onto a surface
sturdy enough to support it without excessive vibrations or oscillations. Be careful not to
put fingers into fan covers on the DMP bottom when lifting.
1. Remove the following items from the box:
•
•
•
•
Starter Kit
Cartridges
User Manual
Cables
Figure 2 - 1 DMP items in box
2. Verify contents with checklist
3. Place DMP on an appropriate surface.
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Note:
Consider the air flow pattern for proper ventilation.
Figure 2 - 2 DMP air flow
4. Remove shrink wrap from DMP
5. Free items that have been secured for shipping
Figure 2 - 3 DMP Packing material locations
a. Remove packing material from under carriage assembly
b. Remove packing material from front and side of platen
1.2
PC
The PC system is shipped in its original boxes.
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1. Remove them from their boxes and set them next to the DMP
Figure 2 - 4 PC placed next to DMP
2. Check back of the DMP for USB, S-video, and power connections. Identify
appropriate cables.
3. Connect all cables
a. Power cables to DMP, PC and monitor.
b. USB cable from PC to DMP.
CAUTION
!
Do not connect DMP to PC through a USB hub.
Do not use USB cables longer than 2 meters.
c. S-video cable from DMP to PC.
d. Monitor video cable to PC.
CAUTION
Do not use video cables longer than 2 meters.
!
e. Keyboard and mouse cables.
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Figure 2 - 5 DMP and PC cabling
2.0
PC Start up
1. Turn on power to PC
2. Allow PC to go through complete start up
CAUTION
!
3.0
Do not change the Regional Settings in the Windows
XP Operating System. The software will not operate
properly.
Starting Your DMP
1. Make sure DMP lid is closed and all shipping foam is removed
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2. Turn on power to DMP
a. The light next to the power switch should go on.
Figure 2 - 6 DMP Indicator light
b. Wait at least 5 seconds
4.0
Dimatix Drop Manager
1. The DMP 2800 icon is on the PC desktop.
2. Select the DMP 2800 icon on the screen.
Dimatix Drop Manager
Figure 2 - 7 DMP icon
3. Double click to initiate the Dimatix Drop Manager application.
4. After initiating the program, click OK to allow the DMP to run through its
initialization sequence.
Figure 2 - 8 Drop Watcher icon on PC screen
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Initial Start-Up Operation
1.0
Install Cartridge
The following steps tell you how to install the Dimatix Model Fluid Cartridge.
Figure 3 - 1 Install cartridge - Open Lid
1. Prepare the Dimatix Model Fluid Cartridge from the Starter Kit. See Cartridge
Filling instructions in Chapter 9.
2. Lift the DMP lid until it is fully open.
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Figure 3 - 2 Install Cartridge
3. Insert the cartridge into the cartridge holder on the carriage with the electrical
connection pads towards the back of the machine matching the connector of the
holder. There is only one way for it to fit. Push it down firmly so that it “clicks”
into place.
4. Pull the cartridge holder latch forward and down until you hear it click and
locks into place. Check to see that the cartridge is sitting flat in the holder.
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Figure 3 - 3 Installing the cartridge
5. After the cartridge is installed, close the lid. You should hear a pump turn on to
control the meniscus pressure.
6. The following window displays.
Figure 3 - 4 Confirm load cartridge settings window
7. Click Yes to load the settings for Dimatix Model Fluid.
8. After clicking Yes, the screen advances to the Select Pattern Screen.
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Chapter 3 - Start-up
Select Pattern
The Select Pattern window lets you select a pattern for printing.
Figure 3 - 5 Select Pattern screen
1. The Dimatix test pattern is auto-selected. This is a general use pattern which
lets you see that the system is operating correctly.
2. Click on the Next button to proceed.
3. This takes you to the Load/Unload Substrate screen.
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Load/Unload Substrate
The Load/Unload Substrate tab is where you set the platen temperature and vacuum. It is
also where you must enter the thickness for the intended substrate.
Figure 3 - 6 Load/Unload Substrate screen
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1. To start, use the enclosed piece of glossy ink jet paper to run the test pattern.
This paper is about 250 micrometers thick. Enter 250 (µm) in the box either by
using the up or down arrows on the box or placing the cursor in the box and
typing in the number. The system automatically adjusts the height of the
cartridge to about 1.0 mm above the substrate.
WARNING
!
Make sure that you always enter the correct
thickness. Entering a number that is smaller than
the actual thickness can make the carriage crash
into or drag across the substrate causing damage to
the substrate and/or the machine.
2. Open the lid and place the substrate on the platen. Register it to the marks in the
back left corner of the platen which is a general substrate registration position.
This is important to note since it is the approximate location from which the
patterns to be jetted are referenced initially.
3. After placing the substrate on the platen, turn on the platen vacuum by selecting
the Vacuum On button. If your substrate is not very flat, stiff, or smaller than
the platen you may need to cover some of the open vacuum holes with mylar,
adhesive tape, or other material to direct more vacuum to your substrate.
4. If you want to heat the platen, you can enter the temperature in the box by
typing or using the arrows. The system does not print until the platen reaches
the desired temperature. This may take up to 20 minutes for a setting of 60°C.
To run the platen at ambient temperature, click on the down arrow on the box
until you get to a line in the box which represents a setting of “notemperature.”
5. Click on the Next button to go to the Print Set-Up tab.
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Print Set-Up
The Print Set-Up screen summarizes the previously made selections. This screen displays
the Print Pattern, the Substrate Settings, and the Cartridge Settings.
Figure 3 - 7 Print Set-Up screen
Now you are finally ready to start jetting. The pattern has been selected, the Substrate
Settings have been entered, and the Cartridge Settings have been entered.
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1. Click on the Print button and the Print Preview window opens. This window
shows where the print origin is on the platen, where the image to be printed is
and the number of nozzles used to print.
Figure 3 - 8 Print Preview screen
2. Click on the Print button to print the pattern. Your DMP jets the test pattern.
4.1
Nozzle Test Pattern
The 16 line test pattern can be run to see the performance of watch nozzle individually.
This is done from the Print Set-Up screen.
1. Set the Cartridge to 90 degrees.
2. Hold down the Ctrl key on the keyboard while clicking on the Print button at
the bottom right of the screen.
You have successfully completed a print sequence.
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Screen Descriptions
1.0
Main Screen
The Main Menu screen has three pull-down menus: File, Tools, and Help.
Figure 4 - 1 Main screen
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File Menu
There are two options from the File menu.
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Printer preview enabled – this item allows you to turn the Print Preview
screen on or off prior to starting a print job.

Print Info. Logging enabled – this switch enables the printer to write
information about print jobs and the print parameters to a log file in the Print
Logs folder. This folder is found in the directory:
C:\Program Files\Dimatix\\Drop Manager
if you did not change the path during software setup.
1.2
Tools Menu
The following options are available from the Tools drop down menu:

Cleaning Cycle Editor – for creating a sequence of operations to save as a
cleaning cycle file.

Pattern Editor – lets you create or modify a drop pattern for printing.

Pattern Editor (Bitmap images) – lets you import .bmp files into the DMP
software.

Waveform Editor – lets you control shape of the pulse to the nozzle.

Replace Cleaning Pad – initiates the process for the periodic change of the
cleaning pad.
These options are also available from the Tools menus of other screens. For further
explanations of these options see the appropriate sections of this manual. Consult the
Table of Contents or the Index for the appropriate sections.
1.3
Help menu

Printer Information – The following screen, Printer Configuration
Information, is accessed from the Help tab on the Dimatix Drop Manager
(DDM) window. It provides information regarding the FPGA and Firmware
version on the DMP, its serial number, as well as actual cartridge and platen
temperature and nozzle meniscus pressure. This information is helpful for
verifying those parameters during operation of the DMP.
Note:
The information in the following image is for example purposes only
and may not match the information for your DMP.
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Figure 4 - 2 Printer Configuration screen

About – The following screen provides information about the DDM software
version. To exit press the OK button in the lower left.
Figure 4 - 3 DMP About screen
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System Diagnostics – This item opens a window that helps you trouble shoot
different errors that might occur during operation of the printer, as described in
the System Diagnostic section later in this manual.
An additional program feature is a link to the FUJIFILM Dimatix Web site. If your PC
is connected to the internet, click on the Dimatix logo on the bottom right of the various
DDM screens to automatically connect to the web site.
2.0
Cartridge Settings
In the start up procedure we showed you how to select a file with a preset cartridge
setting that had been predetermined for the test fluid by FUJIFILM Dimatix. Now we
will get into the details of the settings and the editor screens.
You can enable Advanced Cartridge Settings using the Tools menu Enable
Advanced Features. Additional parameters are added to the cartridge settings.
By clicking on the Edit button on the Cartridge Settings box, the following screen
displays.
Figure 4 - 4 Cartridge Settings screen
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On the above window you can load a previously created cartridge setting file from the File
menu. Here you can also save cartridge setting files.
2.1
Waveform Tab
From the Waveform tab the voltage of each nozzle can be individually adjusted by typing
a number in the individual nozzle box or by clicking on the up or down arrow in the nozzle
box. You may want to do this to adjust drop velocities of individual nozzles, since velocity
is a function of voltage. You can also change all of them simultaneously with the Adjust
All arrows. (See Wavefrom Editor for effects of voltage on jetting). The Increment
number is the amount the voltage will change with one click on the up or down arrow
buttons. The Waveform tab displays the active waveform. You can load previously saved
waveforms using the Select button or you can edit the active waveform using the Edit
button.
Note:
Once you have established the settings for a particular fluid, you may have
to adjust the voltages for a new cartridge to match the drop velocity of a
previous cartridge. See Drop Watcher for instructions on setting drop
velocity.
Note:
Tickle Control can only be accessed by opening the cartridge settings of the
Print Set-Up screen in the DDM main window. Opening the cartridge
setting via the Drop Watcher does not allow you to change tickle control
as it is displayed in gray.
The Tickle Control enables and controls the low amplitude pulse that is given to the
nozzle periodically simply to move the meniscus slightly but not eject a drop. For certain
jetting materials this prevents the nozzle from “skinning over” due to fluid evaporation.
The “tickle” function is completely adjustable and, is very important for some fluids and
not required for others. Test this function with your fluid before setting it as a default.
The low amplitude pulse that tickle control sends to the nozzle can be modified in the
Waveform Editor window as the non-jetting waveform. The frequency set in tickle
control is always active when the printer is not printing. This includes the times during
which the carriage is above the maintenance pad, on its way to the selected print area, or
on its way back from one print pass to start the next pass. However, during printing, the
tickle frequency is the same as the jetting frequency set with the waveform editor. So
during one print job, the printer repeatedly switches between the two pulses.
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Cartridge Tab
If you click on the Cartridge tab in the Cartridge Settings window, the following
screen displays.
Figure 4 - 5 Cartridge Settings – Cartridge Tab
This screen lets you set the Cartridge Temperature. This is usually used when the
fluid is too viscous to jet and you need to lower the viscosity by raising the temperature
to get the desired jetting performance.
Also on this window is the setting for Meniscus Vacuum. Ink jetting devices operate
under negative pressure to keep the meniscus at the edge of the nozzle. You may need
to adjust this depending on the viscosity and surface tension of your fluid. Four inches
of water is a typical value. Having the correct meniscus vacuum level usually affects
the high frequency performance of the fluid you are jetting.
The Jets to Use function allows you to select the range of nozzles you wish to use to jet
your pattern, if you want to use fewer than all sixteen. The software automatically
compensates for the number of nozzles used but the nozzles selected can only be one
series of adjacent nozzles.
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The Cartridge Print Height sets the distance of the printhead above the substrate. It can
be adjusted from .250 mm to 1.50 mm. Take care to set the Substrate Thickness and
Cartridge Print Height accurately to avoid hitting the substrate during printer operation.
2.3
Cleaning Cycles Tab
The Cleaning Cycles tab lets you control how the print cartridge is cleaned before,
during, and after printing. Some fluids do not need periodic maintenance, while others
need a high amount of maintenance to keep nozzles clear and functioning properly.
Figure 4 - 6 Cartridge Settings – Cleaning Cycles tab
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Select button – lets you select an existing cycle in the cleaning cycle folder.

Edit button – lets you edit that cycle with the editor window.

Start of Printing – refers to the cleaning you want to do at the beginning of the
print. Select a cycle you wish to run to enter one in that box or you can edit an
existing file with the Edit button.

During Printing – refers to the cleaning cycle you want to run while printing
your pattern. This can be set to run every so many number of Bands (one cycle
of the carriage across the platen and back is a band) or every so many Seconds
of printing time. Select a cycle you wish to run by clicking on Select and
choose one from the folder or you can edit an existing one with the Edit button.
Whichever is more frequent between Run every x Bands OR Seconds
(depending on printing speed) is the cycle that is used During Printing.

End of Printing – refers to the cleaning you would like to do at the end of your
printing. Select a cycle you wish to run to enter one in that box or you can edit
with the Edit button.

While Idle – refers to any cleaning you would like to do while the system is not
printing but is on and you have a cartridge installed. Select a cycle you wish to
run to enter one in that box or you can edit with the Edit button.

None – can be entered into any box that would have a file name to indicate not
to do any cleaning during that time.

0 – can be entered where numbers are required to indicate not to run that cycle.
Cleaning Cycle Editor
The Cleaning Cycle Editor is run by clicking the Edit button next to any of the
cleaning cycles or by selecting Cleaning Cycle Editor from the Tools menu in the
Cartridge Settings window or the DDM Main screen. The Cleaning Cycle Editor can
also be accessed from the Cleaning group in the Drop Watcher window. From this
editor you can create sequences of operations that can be saved as a cleaning cycle file.
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Refer to the Cartridge Maintenance section in the back of the manual for more details.
The default cleaning cycle, Spit Purge Spit, is shown below.
Figure 4 - 7 Cleaning Cycle Editor screen

Spit – refers to jetting the nozzles for the designated time at the given frequency.

Purge – refers to pushing fluid out through the jetting device with pressure
(system is preset to 5psi). This process is usually used to get air out of the jetting
device.

Blot – refers to the cartridge simply coming down and making contact with the
cleaning pad for the designated time. As the nozzle plate is recessed into the
cartridge it does not touch the cleaning pad. The cleaning pad gets close enough to
absorb fluid residue on the nozzle plate.
Note:

It is important to make sure that the cleaning pad is not saturated or
clogged to ensure good removal of the fluid from the nozzles after purging
or spitting.
Delay time – is the time after the cleaning before going to the next step in the
cycle.
A cleaning cycle can be very simple, such as a “2 second blot” or they can consist of
several combinations of actions (spitting, purging, and blotting) with varying times.
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Here is how to create a cleaning cycle:
1. Click on the Spit, Purge, or Blot.
2. Then enter a number or use the arrows for the Time, Frequency or Post Delay
that you want.
3. Click the Add button to enter it into the table and incorporate it into the cycle.
4. If you want another action to occur next, simply repeat the process.
5. If you want to delete a step, highlight it in the table by clicking on it, then click
the Delete button.
6. When you have built your cleaning cycle, Save it with a name that describes
what it does using the Save As from the File menu.
If desired you can run the cleaning cycle you just created by clicking on the Run Now
button in the DDM main window.
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Waveform Editor
The waveform editor is where you make changes to the waveform by adding or deleting
segments, make changes to the segments, or rescale a waveform.
Figure 4 - 8 Waveform Editor screen
This is the control screen for the electrical signal that triggers the drop ejection. The signal
consists of multiple segments (four in the above example). To adjust a segment, simply
point your with your mouse and click on it. The selected segment changes from blue to
red.
The Waveform Basics chapter, later in this manual, describes how changing the waveform
affects drop ejection. There is an application note available through the Tech Support link
at the bottom of the FUJIFILM Dimatix home page that elaborates on this topic.
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Individual Segment Controls
In this group you have several parameters at your control. If you want to modify a
segment, click on that segment in the graph with the mouse to highlight it. Now modify
the parameters for it by typing in a number, using the up/down arrows or slider bar.
Level – This is the percent of the amplitude relative to the value specified in
the Cartridge Settings Waveform screen.
Slew Rate – This is the slope of the line in the waveform during voltage
ramps.
Duration – This is the length (in time) of the segment.
You can add waveform segments to optimize drop ejection. Click on the segment that
you want to place a new segment in front of and click the Add button. You can now
modify that segment as you would the others. You can delete a segment simply by
clicking on it and selecting the Delete button.
Note:
4.2
The duration and the level of a segment can also be modified by holding
down the mouse button and moving the mouse. Hold down the left
mouse button and move the mouse up or down to modify the level of a
segment. Hold down the right mouse button and move the mouse left or
right to adjust the duration of a segment. These instructions are in the
box to the right of the graph.
Overall Waveform Controls
Duration Scaler – This feature allows the user to easily scale the entire
waveform pulse width at once. This is useful when you are using fluids with
different densities. Fluids with higher densities generally need longer
pulses. Enter a number in the box then click the Rescale Waveform button.
The entire waveform’s width changes by multiplying its current width by
the Rescale number. For example, if you enter 1.1 in the Duration Scalar
box, it adjusts each waveform segment’s length proportionally to multiply
the waveform’s overall width by 1.1, which is a 10% increase.
Width – This box displays the overall pulse time width for the entire
waveform.
Maximum Jetting Frequency – The maximum jetting frequency is
established by the user during initial fluid characterization using the drop
watcher system. During initial characterization the maximum frequency of
80 kHz should be entered into the waveform file being loaded. This value
dictates the scale for the Jetting Frequency Maximum in the Drop
Watcher window. After the user has established the maximum sustainable
jetting frequency in the drop watcher it is essential to ensure the maximum
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jetting frequency setting in the waveform file does not exceed the frequency
used to optimize jetting in the drop watcher.
CAUTION
!
4.3
If you fail to limit this frequency setting to the
maximum frequency used during drop watcher
evaluation you can create a situation where the
system uses one frequency for drop watching and
another for printing. This invalidates the correlations
between visual observations in the drop watcher and
actual printing performance!
Non-Jetting Waveform
The Non-Jetting Waveform can be modified just like the jetting waveform. The
instructions are in the box to the right of the graph.
4.4
Jetting Waveform vs. Non-Jetting Waveform
When the printhead travels over the print area, the software automatically tells it which
nozzles to jet and which are idle. The idle nozzles get the amplitude signal displayed in the
Non-Jetting Waveform chart. The jetting nozzles get addressed with the Jetting
Waveform.
The Non-Jetting Waveform is also the pulse signal that the Tickle Control sends to the
printhead during non-printing times. Such as when the carriage is above the maintenance
pad, or when it is moving to the defined print area or moving between two print passes.
Raising the amplitude of the non-jetting waveform above the default zero condition can
help some fluids to start-up more reliably.
5.0
Replacing Cleaning Pad
Located in the Tools pull down menu on the DDM main screen is a feature called Replace
Cleaning Pad. You will want to replace the cleaning pad with a new one when it gets
filled with fluid or clogged by fluid residue and does not effectively blot the nozzle surface
of the cartridge, or you are changing cartridge fluids and don’t want cross contamination
from contacting the previous material on the cleaning pad.
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To replace the cleaning pad select Replace Cleaning Pad from the Tools menu. The
cartridge moves to allow access to the pad.
Figure 4 - 9 DDM – Moving the Cartridge screen
DO NOT open the printer lid until told to do so.
IMPORTANT
Opening the lid while the printer is in motion
necessitates a re-initialization of the printer.
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Figure 4 - 10 DDM – Open the lid screen
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Open the lid and replace the pad.
Figure 4 - 11 DDM – replace cleaning pad screen
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Replace the pad by:
1. Taking the top clear cap of a new Cleaning Pad assembly and push it down on the
old pad until you hear a click and then simply pull it out.
2. Insert the new pad and holder by pushing the pad and holder down into the spot
where the old one was until you hear a click.
Figure 4 - 12 Cleaning Pad replacement
IMPORTANT
Be careful not to remove the cleaning pad by itself.
This can damage the springs holding the receptacle
which will then not position it correctly. Do not
touch the top of the new maintenance pad with your
fingers.
When the lid is closed the carriage moves back to the cleaning station.
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Pattern Printing
If you are printing a pattern on a substrate that you will either remove or reposition, or you
want to change cartridges in between printing two layers, be sure to set the print origin
before printing the first pattern. This is done using the Fiducial Camera. If you change
cartridges, you also have to perform a drop offset adjustment.
1.0
Select Pattern
The following screen allows you to pick a print pattern file that has already been created,
or to create a new one.
Figure 5 - 1 Select Pattern screen
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From the Select button in the Print Pattern box you saw earlier that there are several
predefined standard pattern files.
1.1
Predefined Standard Patterns
Microscope
Slide 25K Array
Line Array
1 mm Hatch
1 cm Solid
Dimatix Test
Pattern
Figure 5 - 2 Predefined test patterns
2.0
Create Your Own Pattern
The Pattern Editor lets you create or modify patterns of drops for printing, and easily
repeat them over the entire substrate if needed. The basic pattern, at the lowest level,
(Pattern Block Array) is a collection of rectangles that are called pattern Block Drop
Positions. Each of these rectangles may be small enough to represent a single drop, or
thin enough to represent a line of drops, or large enough to represent a fully filled-in
rectangular area.
In all cases, X increases to the right, and Y increases toward the front of the printer. All
dimension parameters are in millimeters except for the Drop Spacing, which is in
micrometers. All dimensions entered into the pattern generator are rounded onto the
Drop Spacing.
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By selecting the Edit button on the Select Pattern screen the following screen appears:
Figure 5 - 3 Pattern Editor screen
2.1
Substrate
The Dimensions is the total area to print. Generally most people jet on only a single
substrate. But you could place several smaller substrates on the platen and jet on all of
them at once. Verify that the total area is not larger than your substrate.
The Leader Bar is a vertical bar that can be jetted to the left of your pattern by checking
the Enable box. This is a commonly used procedure in ink jet printing to pre-jet nozzles to
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keep them active and their drop velocity uniform to improve pattern quality. The
Width of it and the Gap of the leader bar can be entered in the boxes.
Note:
Your pattern is automatically shifted to the right when
you create a leader bar by the amount of gap and width.
It is not automatically returned to its original position if
you later decide to disable the leader bar.
The Drop Spacing is the center to center distance from one drop to the next in X and Y
position to create the pattern. Although this value can be adjusted in 1 m increments it
is always rounded to the next 5 m increment as soon as you start printing this pattern
file. The X spacing is controlled by the x axis encoder, while the y axis is controlled by
the cartridge angle.
Note:
For the first print outs of Dimatix Model Fluid on ink jet
paper a drop spacing of about 20 m usually gives good
printing results.
The Layers box feature allows you to reprint the same pattern over itself automatically.
The Count number is the number of times you want to print the pattern and the
Interlayer Delay is the delay time between each layer, additional to the amount of time
spent doing any before print or after print maintenance on the cartridge.
If you click on the Preview Drops button, a window pops up showing the area you
have designated. The total area of the window represents the platen. If the substrate
area you entered is smaller than the platen it shows as a beige shape inside the white
area.
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Your Pattern Block Array area is delineated within the substrate area outlined.
Figure 5 - 4 Pattern Block Array
2.2
Pattern Block Array
In the Pattern Block Array box enter the point on your substrate where you want the
pattern to start printing in X and Y, referencing from the print origin. Then enter the X
width and Y height of the block you want to make. The X and Y sizes entered should be
at least large enough to enclose the collection of rectangles defined in the Pattern Block
Drop Positions (see below).
Note:
The default print origin is approximately -1 mm, 7 mm (x,y)
from the 0,0 corner scribed in the back left of the platen. See
the Fiducial Camera section of this manual for more
information.
To print a repetitive array of the pattern block in your print area, enter the X and Y Pitch
dimensions. The Pitch is the distance from the start of one pattern to the next. Enter the
number of patterns (X count) to print in the horizontal direction, and the number of
patterns (Y count) to print in the vertical direction.
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Pattern Block Drop Position
The pattern generator works with one or more user-entered rectangles of X width and Y
height. There are two ways of creating a feature in a Pattern Block Array. You can
enter values manually in a table or you can use the mouse to create features.
To manually create features enter the dimensions in the Pattern Block Drop Position
group as follows and click the Add button. It is placed in the table on the bottom of the
window.
•
Enter the position (X and Y) where you want to place the first drop in your
Pattern in the Pattern Block field.
•
Then enter the length and height of the feature you want to create. For lines,
enter the width height of the line that you want. For example, for a horizontal
line you would enter how long you want it to be in the x direction (X, width),
maybe 10 mm, and for 200 m tall you would enter 200 micrometers for the Y
Height. For the same vertical line, it would be 200 m X width, and 10mm Y
height. To define a feature that is a single row of dots or a single dot, use a
dimension or dimensions smaller than the value defined under Drop Spacing.
•
The Increment Value is the value at which you want the dimensions to change
with each click of the arrow buttons. For example an increment value of 1.000
changes the dimension 1 mm for every click of the arrow. The increment value
gives you a convenient way to generate a set of related rectangles.
2.3.1 Draw feature
You can also very easily create a feature in the pattern block by placing the cursor on
the Preview Drops window, place the cursor in a Block, hold the Shift key down and
point, left click, and drag to create a rectangle. A line containing the values of your
newly created feature are automatically added to the table in the Pattern Block Drop
Position box. This is a fast way to roughly create your pattern, later on you can edit it
out by changing the values manually in the Pattern Block Drop Position table.
Note:
Only those rectangles that are added to the table on the
bottom of the pattern editor window get saved once you
are done creating your pattern.
If you click on the Preview Drops button, a window pops up which shows you the
pattern. When you click on a line of data in the table specifying a feature, that feature
shows up in red on the Preview Drops screen. You can zoom in on the feature by
clicking on the + Magnifying Glass button to where you can see the individual spots.
When you zoom in it is best to have Show All Patterns deselected to reduce data
crunching. You can continue zooming in until you see the grid background. Then when
you hold the Ctrl button on the keyboard and point and drag the right mouse button on
your feature of interest you can zoom in and it stays centered on the screen. You can
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also draw new features into the pattern by holding down the Shift button and dragging a
rectangle with the mouse.
Figure 5 - 5 Preview Drops screen
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Figure 5 - 6 Zoomed In area
You can see grey lines on the screen which represent the pattern created in the pattern
generator. The dots are actually where the drops are placed as the dimensions are
rounded to fit on the grid you have defined in the Drop Spacing.
If you highlight a line in the table and click the Add button you duplicate that feature. It
is jetted right on top of itself unless you change the X and Y Start values, which you
can do by highlighting that data line in the pattern generator table and then changing
the numbers in the appropriate boxes.
The Preview Spot Size box lets you enter the diameter of the spot that a single drop
makes on your substrate. This is helpful to visualize how much separation or overlap of
drops you have in the pattern features depending on their size and the drop spacing
used. When reviewing the pattern to see how the features match the grid or how
adjoining features line up set the Preview Spot Size to 10 m.
The Enable Spot Size feature allows you to zoom in on the image and view the
individual spots of your pattern. Putting a check in the box by clicking on it enables it.
Click on it to disable it to view all of the patterns.
The Show All Patterns feature enables you to see all the patterns on the substrate when
checked.
The 1x button displays the pattern on the screen very close to its actual size.
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The figure below illustrates how the pattern editor works. The print origin shifts if a leader
bar gets used. If no leader bar is used the print origin is at the very top left of the pattern.
The figure also shows that the leader gets only printed in those passes of the print head
where the image has content. The leader bar might therefore have gaps in y direction.
Figure 5 - 7 Pattern Editor at work
2.4
Drop Spacing
The drop spacing is the center to center distance in X and Y of the drops that the DMP
deposits to create the pattern. Drop spacing is adjustable between 5 and 254 m in one
micron increments. It toggles with the arrows on the box in five m increments. For
example, with a 50 m drop spacing, the pattern generator places drops 50 m apart in X
and 50 m apart in Y to fill in your pattern. So, for a 100 m wide, 10 mm tall vertical
line, the system places 3 drops in the X direction (one for the first edge, another at 50 m,
and another at 100 m for the next edge) by 2,001 drops tall. The drop spacing therefore
determines your resolution or density in the X direction and determines the angle at which
the cartridge must be set to get the same resolution or density in the Y direction. The drop
spacing parameter is most useful for altering the fill density (amount of jetted ink per area)
of lines and rectangles, or it may be used to create rows of individual drops which are
spaced closer together than 254 m.
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Bitmap File Printing
To import .BMP files into the DMP Software, select Tools on the DDM main window.
Then select Pattern Editor (Bitmap images). This opens the Image to Pattern
Converter window. Then under File, select Open BMP to open your file.
To open a Bitmap file, set the Drop Spacing you want to use to print the image and
then select Open Bitmap from the File menu. Then select the Bitmap file you want.
The file is processed into a pattern file at the selected drop spacing resolution.
If you want to change the pattern file resolution after it has been imported, then you
must repeat the import routine with the new drop spacing setting.
Note:
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setting. If it does not match at the time of import, then
the image dimensions will change.
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Figure 5 - 8 File Conversion screen
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3.0.1
Substrate Tab
The Substrate Tab has the following features:
•
Substrate Dimensions – this is the calculated minimum size of a substrate that
is needed to print the pattern
•
Leader Bar – this is the same feature as for pattern files. It is a vertical bar that
you may add to your pattern to enhance print quality.
•
Drop Spacing – this is the same as for pattern files, it is the spacing of the
drops (center to center) in x and y that are jetted to create the pattern.
•
Layers – this is the same as for pattern files and allows re-printing the same
pattern over itself several times (Count) with or without a delay (Interlayer
Delay) between.
The Full, Fit, Zoom, and Pan enable movement and zooming of the image. When an
image is first loaded it zooms to Fit. This shows the full extents of the bitmap. Clicking
the Full button zooms in on the image to the point where each pixel in the .BMP file is
displayed as a pixel on the screen. The form may be resized to provide a larger preview.
If the Zoom button is selected, then clicking and dragging the left mouse button over
the image creates a zoom window. When the mouse is released the image zooms to the
selected area. If Pan is selected, clicking the left button and dragging in the image
moves the viewable image in the window. These controls can be used to view the high
resolution data and aid in selecting the reference point.
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The Tiled Preview button allows viewing of all the patterns to be printed.
Figure 5 - 9 Placement/Tiling Tab
3.0.2 Placement
X Start, Y Start is the position relative to the print origin that the pattern starts.
X Width, and Y Height is the calculated size of the pattern.
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3.0.3 Tiling
This is used to make multiple print copies of the same pattern. The Pitch is the distance
from the beginning of one pattern to the next as set in X Pitch and Y Pitch. The
number of patterns is set by the Count.
Figure 5 - 10 Reference Point Tab
3.0.4
Reference Point
The X Ref, Y Ref, Locate Ref Point, and Set Ref Point provide an additional way to
position the image by aligning a point in the image to a specific point on the substrate
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(a point is selected in the image and a corresponding point is selected in the Fiducial
Camera window).
•
To print using a Reference Point in your image, check the box Use Reference
Point.
•
To set a reference point, first locate the part of the image you wish to align to by
either using Zoom or Pan. Click Set Ref Point. Then place the cursor on the point
in the image and click on it with the left mouse button. Or, if you know the
dimensions for the Reference Point you can type them in directly into the X Ref,
Y Ref boxes then click Locate Ref Point. This takes you to that specific point in
the image. The cross hair cursor that displays the reference point shows where the
pattern is printed. You can make fine adjustments by clicking the arrow up/down
buttons next to the X Ref and Y Ref boxes. You must save the file once you select
the point for the DMP to utilize it.
•
To complete the Reference Point usage, go to the Fiducial Camera window (see
Fiducial Camera section). Click on the Fiducial Camera button on the main
DDM window to open the fiducial camera.
•
In the Tools menu of the Fiducial Camera window click on the Set Reference Point
button.
•
Find the point on your substrate where you want to place your selected image
Reference Point by moving the camera to the desired position. Place and click the
cursor on your point.
•
Click the Use Reference Point box on the Fiducial camera window.
•
Do not close the Fiducial Camera window before you print. It must stay open.
Click the Print button on the main DDM window Print Set-Up tab.
The X Width and Y Height values are filled in when a file is loaded. The size is based on
the image size and the drop spacing. Bitmap files must be printed at the drop spacing
(resolution or dpi) they were created for, or the image size changes accordingly. To
convert from drop spacing to resolution:
Drop Spacing [dpi] = 25400 / Resolution [m]
A status bar at the bottom shows the current zoom factor, the location of the upper left of
the preview, and the image size. The current cursor position is also displayed.
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Figure 5 - 11 Reference point settings
When all of the parameters are correct you must save the file as a pattern file (it has a
.ptf extension). The pattern file is what can be selected from the main form or the
fiducial form to print.
4.0
Print Preview
The print preview can be disabled or enabled in the DDM main window File menu. If it
is on, it shows a preview before the printing starts. The title bar of the dialog tells if the
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reference or printing origin is being used. The print origin (or reference point) is marked
with a cross hair. The leader bar is shown if it is enabled.
The preview is sizable so it can be made full screen for more detail. Remember, the platen
area is not the substrate. The user has to make sure the substrate is placed correctly on the
platen and that it fits the image they are going to print. The preview is meant to make sure
that the origin and tiling are set correctly.
The following are some sample screen shots using the reference point and leader bar on a
tiled pattern. The reference image used in this example is the lower right one of the array
and there is a leader bar:
Figure 5 - 12 Print Preview – Reference point
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This example shows a tiled array, using a print origin, without a leader bar.
Figure 5 - 13 Print Preview – Print Origin without leader bar
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A tiled image with a bad reference point.
Figure 5 - 14 Using a bad reference point
The error message you get if you try to print from an origin that takes the image off the
printable platen area.
Figure 5 - 15 Image area message
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Cartridge Mounting Angle
Before you jet your pattern, the system calculates the angle to set the cartridge
determined by the drop spacing specified in the pattern. This angle adjustment is what
lets you modify the drop spacing in the Y axis.
The following is a top view of the carriage. There are two sets of scales. The outer scale
is the cartridge angle scale, and the inner scale is the vernier scale to adjust the head
angle to 0.1 degree increments. Release the latch by pulling it forward freeing the
carriage plate to rotate.
Latch
Figure 5 - 16 Carriage latch
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The following is a close-up of the cartridge angle alignment scale set to 0 degrees. The
outer main scale is in one degree increments. There is a notch on the 0 point of the inner
vernier scale is lined up with the 0 on the outer cartridge angle scale.
Inner Notch
Figure 5 - 17 Cartridge Alignment scale
The following picture shows how to set the cartridge angle to 11.4 degrees. The 0 notch on
the inner vernier scale is a little past the 11 degree mark. The next inner mark on the
vernier that is lined up with a mark on the outer ring is line 4. This gives 11.4 degrees.
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Third – Align the fourth mark on the inner ring
with the closest graduation mark on the outer
ring. In this case, the 15° mark. The head angle
now equals 11.4°.
First – Align inner
notch with the 11°
mark on outer ring.
Second – Count up four marks from the notch on the inner ring.
Figure 5 - 18 Setting the cartridge angle to 11.4°
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The following table shows the relationship of saber angle, resolution, and drop spacing for
the resolutions that the printer is capable of printing.
Table 5 - 1 Resolutions Relationships
Resolution
Sabre angle
Drop spacing
Resolution
Sabre angle
Drop spacing
[dpi]
[°]
[m]
[dpi]
[°]
[m]
5080.00
1.1
5
188.15
32.1
135
2540.00
2.3
10
181.43
33.4
140
1693.33
3.4
15
175.17
34.8
145
1270.00
4.5
20
169.33
36.2
150
1016.00
5.6
25
163.87
37.6
155
846.67
6.8
30
158.75
39.0
160
725.71
7.9
35
153.94
40.5
165
635.00
9.1
40
149.41
42.0
170
564.44
10.2
45
145.14
43.5
175
508.00
11.4
50
141.11
45.1
180
461.82
12.5
55
137.30
46.7
185
423.33
13.7
60
133.68
48.4
190
390.77
14.8
65
130.26
50.1
195
362.86
16.0
70
127.00
51.9
200
338.67
17.2
75
123.90
53.8
205
317.50
18.4
80
120.95
55.8
210
298.82
19.6
85
118.14
57.8
215
282.22
20.8
90
115.45
60.0
220
267.37
22.0
95
112.89
62.4
225
254.00
23.2
100
110.43
64.9
230
241.90
24.4
105
108.09
67.7
235
230.91
25.7
110
105.83
70.9
240
220.87
26.9
115
103.67
74.7
245
211.67
28.2
120
101.60
79.8
250
203.20
29.5
125
100.00
90
254
195.38
30.8
130
Note:
You may want to copy the above table and place it next to
the DMP for future reference.
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Drop Watcher
In the bottom left of the main DDM window is the Drop Watcher button. Clicking on it
moves the carriage to the right side of the platen, positioning the nozzles over the drop
watcher camera system. This system allows direct viewing of the jetting nozzles, the
faceplate surrounding the nozzles, and the actual jetting of the fluid. The Cartridge
Settings window also comes up at this time to allow you to modify the waveform and
view the changes in jetting characteristics.
Note:
Tickle control is not active (displayed in gray) when you open the
Cartridge Settings window via the drop watcher. In order to be able to
change tickle control, open the cartridge settings window directly by
clicking the edit button in the print setup tab in the DMP main program.
Once the carriage and cartridge are in position, click on the Viewing Nozzle box – number
8 should be in the box. When you click on it, the system brings nozzle number 8 of the
cartridge into the center of the screen. You can then increment up or down to different
nozzles and the system moves that nozzle into center position in the screen. There is also a
row of the nozzle numbers across the screen in which you can turn any of them on or off.
By clicking the box associated with each nozzle it ejects drops out of that nozzle or turns it
off. By right clicking a box, the nozzle moves to center position. The nozzle in center
position always has a green shade. To minimize spraying off of the absorbent Drop Watch
Pad, the user interface limits selecting jetting nozzles to the four surrounding the Viewing
Nozzle.
If you want to do a maintenance cycle to improve jetting, you can do that by clicking on
the Run Now button on the Cleaning box in the upper left corner of the window.
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Figure 6 - 1 Drop Watcher screen
There are two arrow buttons near the bottom left of the screen, which allow you to
focus the drop watcher camera on the nozzles and drops by clicking repeatedly until the
image is in focus. Holding down these buttons results in the camera moving with
increased increments.
1.1
Drop Watcher Pad
The drop watcher pad is located in the center of the drop watcher mechanism and acts
as the receptacle for fluid during jetting. It needs to be changed periodically as it
absorbs fluid. Typically this occurs when you see stray drops being deposited on the
nozzle surface during drop watching or fluid is covering the side of the pad holder. To
replace the pad simply pull out the holder and insert a new one.
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The drop watcher system provides you with two different viewing modes, selected under
Viewing and Capture Control.

If you click on Movie Mode box, it lets you watch a stroboscopic movie of drops
in flight as they are ejected from the nozzle. This is real time continuous jetting of
the nozzles. Checking this box also changes the buttons Image Title and Capture
Image to Movie Title or Capture Movie.

If Movie Mode is not checked, then the drops appear to be frozen in flight. This
mode can be used for closer inspection and measurement. By adjusting the strobe
delay you freeze the drop at different positions after it leaves the nozzle. Notice
that this is still real time continuous jetting.

You can click on the various nozzles to see how they perform.

In the Tools menu are different versions of the video window’s leader bar or scale
available.

The Image/Movie Title button allows you to put a title at the bottom of the screen
in the image after Dimatix DMP2800 – Your Title Here. The nozzle number that
you are viewing, the jetting voltage, the cartridge temperature, the waveform file
name, and the date and time are automatically stored on the image.

Under Tools, the Display Image Information allows you to turn on or off the
image information.

The Capture Image/Movie button allows you to store a still image or video of the
jetting with all the conditions and information on it.

When in Movie Mode the Configure Capture Quality button allows you to
adjust the quality (and subsequently the file size) of the image by clicking on the
Settings tab in the window that pops up. The dialog displayed depends on the type
of video interface installed in your system. A system with a Pinnacle Dazzle
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adapter (which is an external video device) displays the following.
Figure 6 - 2 Properties – About screen
The actual quality settings are found on the Settings tab. A way to get to high quality
videos is to use the highest quality setting in the DMP software and then later use a
Video editing tool like the standard Windows Movie Maker to compress the video.
This way more advanced compression methods result in higher quality videos. This
initially creates huge .avi files.
Figure 6 - 3 Properties – Settings screen
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If a PCI video capture card is installed internal to the PC, the following screen appears.
Figure 6 - 4 PCI Video Capture screen

The Drop Viewing Speed slider changes the sweep rate of the delay of the strobe
while in Movie Mode. This has the effect of making the appearance of drop
formation go faster or slower.

The Drop Refresh Rate slider adjusts the time at which the sweep delay starts
over thereby adjusting how long you see a drop in flight.

The Firing Control box allows you to adjust the Firing Frequency while you are
jetting. You can then observe the effects by clicking and dragging the bar with your
mouse. The minimum frequency is 1 kHz.

The Strobe Delay lets you set the time after the drop ejects at which the strobe
LED flashes to capture the drop image. This can be adjusted with the slide bar. It
has the visual effect of freezing the drop in flight. Clicking on the Delay 100 µs
button automatically sets the delay to 100 µs after drop ejection. When the nozzles
are set on the 0 m line on the screen with the Graticule on you can read drop
velocity easily off the screen. For example, with a 100 µsec strobe delay you are
seeing the drop after it has traveled for 100 µsec. If the drop is at the 500 µm line
then the drop velocity of these drops is 5 meters per second. This feature comes in
handy when switching cartridges as you want to match drop velocities by adjusting
voltage to the nozzles to get consistent results. A good velocity to set is between 7
– 9 m/sec.
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Tools Tab
The Tools menu for the Drop Watcher window lets you select different features.

Graticule – This places a scale on the screen for velocity and drop formation
measurements. The choices are: None, Left, or Full. Activate the one you want
to use.

Calibrate Nozzle View – This feature automatically controls the stage motion
to keep the nozzles in line when drop watching regardless of the cartridge
angle. To perform this operation follow the following procedure:
1. Start by clicking on Calibrate Nozzle View.
2. The screen image should be close to nozzle 1. Find nozzle 1 (the right most
orifice), put mouse pointer on the nozzle and click-drag it to the cross-hair
on the screen. Use the focus buttons as necessary to refine the nozzle’s
focus.
3. Click the Next button and drag the image to the right until nozzle 16 (the
leftmost nozzle) is under the cross hair. Use the focus buttons again as
necessary to refine the nozzle’s focus.
4. Click Next again and you are done calibrating the nozzle view. Now, when
you select any nozzle from one to sixteen, the selected nozzle should be
close to the 0 line opening, and in focus.
For the stage to move the selected nozzle into position you must index through the
nozzles using the Viewing Nozzle box. When you open the drop watcher it tries to
center nozzle #8 in the middle of the screen and put nozzle 8 in the Viewing Nozzle
box. By clicking the cursor in the box it turns the nozzle on and moves it up to the 0
line.
Note:
The above instructions appear on the lower left of the Drop Watcher
window once Calibrate Nozzle View has be selected.

View Cartridge settings – this allows you to open the cartridge settings form if
they were closed.

Drop Volume Measurement - this is a procedure that lets you measure drop
volume by using an average drop weight technique.
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The following screen shots show the procedure as it appears on the system when you are
running it. Once you click Drop Volume Measurement the following dialogue box opens
up.
Figure 6 - 5 Drop Volume Measurement
The following dialogue box explains to wait until the carriage moves into position and
stops.
Note:
Remember is that the DMP lid has a safety interlock attached to it. Opening
the lid during any system motion causes the system to reinitialize the
motors. For this procedure it is important that you open the lid only if the
dialogue tells you to.
Figure 6 - 6 Drop Volume Measurement screen
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When the carriage moves over into position it is about 25mm above the platen surface.
Figure 6 - 7 Drop Measurement screen
To continue you need a container that you have weighed and that fits under the
carriage. It is best to use one that is shallow so the carriage can be lowered close to the
container (this prevents the loss of drops due to air motion or other influences around
the print head).
Figure 6 - 8 Drop Volume Measurement Screen
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Adjust the carriage as close as you can to the bottom of the container. This yields more
accurate results.
Figure 6 - 9 Drop Volume Measurement screen – Z Height Adjust
You want to weigh as many drops as practical to get the most accurate weight. The
number of nozzles you have selected to jet in the drop watcher before opening this menu
shows up on the form. The frequency you set in the Drop Watcher is the jetting frequency
for this procedure. The following dialogue box shows that 7 nozzles are selected. The
default time period is calculated based on the frequency and number of jets to get close to
1 million drops for then the conversion to the expected drop weight in nanograms gets
very easy. Adjust the time to change the number of drops jetted.
Figure 6 - 10 Drop Volume Measurement screen – Jetting Time
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Figure 6 - 11 Drop Volume Measurement screen – Jetting to pan
Figure 6 - 12 Drop Volume Measurement – Wait
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Once it finishes jetting you are ready to calculate the drop mass after weighing the pan.
Figure 6 - 13 Drop Volume Measurement – Finish
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Fiducial Camera
On the main Dimatix DDM window go into the Tools menu and select Fiducial
Functions or click on the Fiducial Camera button.
Figure 6 - 14 Fiducial Camera screen
The above image is a sample screen shot of the main Fiducial Camera window. The
fiducial camera is used when you want to deposit a pattern on a pre-patterned substrate,
or if you are jetting a layer with a different cartridge material or to inspect the printed
features.
The information written above the image is about the Camera Field of View. This has
a width of 1.62 mm and a height of 1.22 mm with a resolution of 2.54 m per pixel.
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The Fiducial Camera operates in a Dark Field or a Bright Field mode. Therefore there
are two different light sources the operator can select. The following picture illustrates the
hardware switch positions on the camera for the different illumination modes.
Figure 6 - 15 Camera switch for different illumination modes

Position 1: Bright Field mode

Position 2: both light sources are switched on

Position 3: Dark Field mode
The Dark Field mode (switch position 3) allows viewing clear fluids on highly reflective
surfaces. It requires very low light intensity only. Move the Light Intensity slider almost
all the way to the left. In this mode the light source illuminates the sample in a way that
the objective only collects scattered light from the substrate. This results in dark
backgrounds with bright objects on top of them. The Bright Field mode (switch position
1) works after the same principle as a regular microscope. The light shines on the object
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and gets directly reflected back into the objective. It requires a high light intensity, so
the Light Intensity slider has to be moved all the way to the right.
Note:
2.1
The gain pot located on the top of the camera can be adjusted to one
extreme or the other to improve the range of the Light Intensity slider
for either bright or dark field mode.
Features

Light Intensity – This slider allows you to adjust the light intensity of the
camera to optimize the contrast of the image.

X-Track Speed – With this slider button you can adjust the movement speed of
the stage in the x axis when aligning and making measurements. This
adjustment is done by placing the mouse curser on the slide and dragging it to
the desired speed.

Y-Track Speed – With this slider button you can adjust the movement speed of
the stage in the y-axis when aligning and making measurements. This
adjustment is done by placing the mouse curser on the slide and dragging it to
the desired speed.

Focus – These two arrows allow you to focus the camera up or down. The
number in the bottom of the Focus box is the height in mm from the last set
focus origin that the camera is currently focused to. This feature allows you to
make Z height measurements if you want to. The focused Z height is about
32 mm above the substrate. When using the fiducial camera you can only print
on a maximum substrate thickness of a 25 mm.

Y-, Y+, X-, X+ – These buttons allow you to move the carriage to any position
simply by clicking on the button corresponding to the direction you want to go.

Center X- Position, Center Y-Position – This is the position in mm of the
center of the crosshair displayed on the screen relative to the last set Print
Origin.

Move Controls


Platen – The Beige Area is the area where the camera can view a feature. The
green area is where you can set a Print Origin point. The Red Cross-Hair in the
platen box window displays the position of the current print origin. The Red Box
in this window shows where you are currently viewing on the platen. The Grey
Box indicates the position of the coordinates that are in the X-Position and YPosition boxes. If there is a Green Box that shows you the position of the image
Reference Point you have selected.
X-Position, Y-Position – These boxes have two ways to operate. You can either
enter a number into the boxes and then click the Move button and the camera
moves to that position, or place the curser in the green area of the Platen box and
click on a location and then click the Move button and the camera moves to that
point and its coordinates are displayed in the boxes.
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Home – Clicking on this button moves the camera back to the Print Origin.

Cursor X-Position, Cursor Y- Position – This box tells you the position of the
cursor relative to the print origin in either the displayed image or in the Platen box.

Image Reference Point – The position of the Reference Point you have selected
relative to the selected Print Origin. This is the physical point on the substrate that
you want to align a .BMP file to for printing.
Note:
A reference point can only be used for imported .BMP images; not for
Dimatix Patterns generated with the Pattern Generator. See .BMP printing
for more information.

Use Reference Point – By checking this box the DMP positions the pattern’s
reference point to the Image Reference Point. It does this only with the Fiducial
Camera window open. If you do not use the reference point the image is printed
from the print origin.

Viewing and Capture Control – This box allows you to configure the video
device and capture the displayed image similar to the drop watcher image capture
feature.

Configure – The configuration should be as shown in the window below. The Dazzle
device should be selected if your system was delivered with one, or the Hauppauge
Card should be selected if your system was delivered with an internal video card
Figure 6 - 16 Device Setting screen
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Image Title – Click on this to open the box as seen below to type in a name for
your image.
Figure 6 - 17 Set Video Title screen
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Capture Image – Click on this to save the image in a file of your designation.
Data Point History – This box allows you to select any points in your pattern
and save them in a file for future reference or for analysis in an Excel
spreadsheet. Simply place the cursor on the point you wish to capture and click
on it. The X and Y position go into the table. If you click on the line of data in
the table you can then enter a description of that point if you desire. By clicking
on the Show Data Points or Show Description boxes you can turn those on or
off.
Alignment Procedures
When you first click on Fiducial Functions from the Tools menu on the DDM window
the camera moves to the last print origin. The Center X-Position and Center YPosition boxes show you where the crosshair is relative to the origin. If it is slightly off
you can click on Home, and it moves closer to the origin point.
3.1
Tools Menu in the Fiducial Camera Window

Set Print Origin – This feature is to set the origin of your pattern.

When you click on the Set Print Origin the following window pops up.
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Figure 6 - 18 Set Printing Origin screen
With the fiducial camera open, move the camera to the point you want to be the origin.
Place the cursor on the image and click on the point you want for the origin. That becomes
the origin from which other measurements are made and from which the pattern you
choose to print originates. When you click on your point, the crosshairs and camera center
on that point. You cannot set an origin on the lines scribed in the platen.
Note:
The location which allows you the largest printing area is about 7 mm
down from the X line and about 4 mm to the left of the Y line.
Trying to set the print origin exactly to the inscribed 0,0 corner leads to an error message.

Set Focus Origin – Use the arrow buttons to focus up or down and then click on
this feature in the Tools menu.

Set Reference Point – This is used to set the physical reference point for an Image
Reference Point you may have selected. The image is aligned so that its reference
point is printed at this location on your substrate.

When you click on the Set Reference Point the following window pops up.
Figure 6 - 19 Set Reference Point screen
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Similar to setting a Printing Origin, move to the position on the substrate you wish
to use, then place the cursor on that point on the view image and right click. The
up/down arrow buttons on the reference point’s X-Position and Y-Position boxes
can be used to adjust the point.
You must check the Use Reference Point box on the Fiducial Camera window,
and you must leave the camera window open to print the image using the reference
point. (Refer to BMP File Printing for more info).
Set Drop Offset – This feature is used to calibrate the position of a new or
different cartridge to the previous printed pattern.
Note:

This procedure is very important and always has to be done when a
cartridge has been changed or the saber angle was adjusted and you
want to print exactly to a defined spot on your substrate.
In an area outside your printing area of concern, a pattern is jetted where you can
locate one single drop. The pattern is printed with the nozzles you have selected,
the cartridge settings you are using, and the resolution of your last used print
pattern. It consists of a 10 mm line in X direction with a single dot 1 mm to the
right of it.
When you click on Set Drop Offset in the Tools menu the following window pops up.
To start you must have the cartridge set to the angle required by your pattern. At the
first screen click Next.
Figure 6 - 20 Set Drop Offset screen
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Move to position where you can print the test pattern and place the cursor on the screen
and click in the fiducial camera screen to select the print location.
Figure 6 - 21 Set Drop Offset – location
Figure 6 - 22 Set Drop Offset – Please Wait
After the test pattern has been printed locate first the line then the single spot and click on
its center.
Note:
The fiducial camera usually comes to a point somewhere below the line so
you only have to move in negative y direction to find the line.
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Figure 6 - 23 Set Drop Offset – Click on drop
It should look similar to the following image.
Figure 6 - 24 Fiducial Camera screen
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This routine is now completed. Click the Finish button.
Figure 6 - 25 Set Drop Offset – Finish screen
If the drop offset is determined to be outside the normal range, it needs to be repeated after
verifying that the first nozzle selected in the cartridge settings is jetting properly and that
the cartridge is positioned well in the holder.
Figure 6 - 26 Drop Offset – Outside of Allowable range
This has now adjusted any positional offset from the newly installed cartridge to fiducial
camera which you set the origins and reference points with.

Set Drop Offset (Manual) – This is used to calibrate a new or different cartridge
by creating your own pattern. This may be useful when jetting clear or difficult to
see fluids.

In an area outside your printing area of concern, jet a pattern where you can locate one
drop. This can be a single drop pattern (which may be difficult to find or see) or
maybe a square of 5 drops (X and Y) or a + pattern that you can find with the camera.
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When you click on Set Drop Offset in the Tools menu the following window pops
up.
Figure 6 - 27 Set Fiducial Offset


Enter the position of the dot you specified as the upper left dot in your pattern file.
Click on the Set Drop Offset button and the following window pops up.
Figure 6 - 28 FIducial Video Display – select position




Click OK.
Then place the cursor on the center of the drop in the pattern that you just jetted
and click.
This has now adjusted any positional offset from the cartridge to what the pattern
file specifies.
Calibrate Theta – This feature allows you to compensate for an angular offset
that you might have on the substrate or pattern that you have placed on the
platen.
To calibrate:

Click on the feature in the Tools menu and the following window pops up.
Figure 6 - 29 Theta Calibration – Reference Start Point
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Click on the first point you want to use on the fiducial camera image. The following
screen then pops up:
Figure 6 - 30 Theta Calibration – Find Endpoint


Move to the next spot you want to use for Theta calibration by using the X+, X-, Y+,
or Y- buttons on the Fiducial Camera window. If you are using a point far from your
current position you may also jump there by pointing to it in the green area of the
Platen in the Move Controls box on the Fiducial Camera window and clicking the
Move button. You may also enter the coordinates in the Move Controls box and click
move.
After clicking on the second point the following window pops up. Click OK.
Figure 6 - 31 Theta Calibration – Set points
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Calibrate Thermal Scaling – This feature allows you to compensate for a
substrate that has changed dimensions during a thermal process after printing,
and you want to print on it again, or that changes dimensions significantly if
heated while on the platen.
Figure 6 - 32 Calibrate Thermal Scaling



Start by entering the distance between your two fiducial marks on the substrate that
you are going to use for the calibration.
Locate your first fiducial mark with the fiducial camera.
Click on the Start X Measurement (or Y if you have only Y direction marks).
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Click on your fiducial mark. The button turns green and says Cancel if you want to
cancel and start over.
Figure 6 - 33 Calculate Thermal Scaling – Cancel X Measurement
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With the Automove box checked the fiducial camera automatically moves in the
direction you are calibrating the distance entered in the box.
Figure 6 - 34 Calculate Thermal Scaling – Locate second marker

When the camera stops at the indicated position, place the cursor on the second
mark and left click the mouse. If you don’t see the feature in the image area move
the camera with the x & y motion controls to locate it.
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Now you want to repeat the procedure for the other axis (Y or X) if you have fiducial
marks for that axis.
Figure 6 - 35 Calculate Thermal Scaling – enter distances

When you have completed the calibration click the Save button and you are ready to
jet your pattern that is corrected to the new size of your substrate.
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Figure 6 - 36 Calculate Thermal Scaling – Scaling factors computed
Note:
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The reset button restores the default values of the DMP. A software and
printer restart does the same.
Measure Cartridge Angle – Occasionally you may experience gaps in your
printed image. This may be a result of not setting the cartridge angle precisely
enough and it may need adjusting. This is the procedure to tell you how much
you are off and which way to correct it.
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In the Fiducial Camera window Tool menu select Measure Cartridge Angle. Then
follow the instructions in the window.
Figure 6 - 37 Measure Cartridge Angle
This feature uses the outer most nozzles selected in the Cartridge Settings file.
Figure 6 - 38 Measure Cartridge Angle – Print location
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Move to a space where you can print the pattern or place a different substrate on the
platen and place the cursor on the starting point on the screen and click on it. The
system then prints the test pattern.
Figure 6 - 39 Measure Cartridge Angle – Printing
With the X,Y motion controls, place the cross hairs on the center of the top line, click
the next box, move to the bottom line, center the cross hairs on it and click the next
box.
Figure 6 - 40 Measure Cartridge Angle – Select top line
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The following window is an example of the results from measuring the jet angle. It tells
you the direction and how much to adjust the head to get better printing.
Figure 6 - 41 Measure Cartridge Angle – Finish
Click Finish when you are done.
3.1.1 Options menu in the Fiducial Camera Window

Measurement Mode – Clicking on this allows you to make measurements of
features or between features on your substrate. When you click on Measurement
Mode, you simply click on one point and then the other and the distance between
them is displayed on the image.

Crosshairs – This feature allow you to turn on or off the crosshairs displayed on
the screen.

Text – This allows you to add text to the image.

Zoom Box - This allows you to turn on a small zoom window that either follows
your mouse cursor or zooms into the area around the green crosshair. You can have
two different sizes of zoom boxes and you can chose if you want a 2x or 4x
magnification of the zoomed-in area. The zoom box automatically avoids being in
the way of your mouse cursor.
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Figure 6 - 42 Fiducial Camera – Field of View

Platen Vacuum – Here you can switch on and off the platen vacuum without
having to go back to the main menu.
File menu in the Fiducial Camera window

Print Pattern – This feature allows you to print the pattern selected on the
main DDM main Window while in the fiducial mode.

Exit – Clicking on this allows you to exit the Fiducial Camera window.
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7
Fluid Requirements
Some of the fluid physical characteristics to achieve optimum performance are:

Viscosity – 10-12 centipoise at jetting temperature

Surface Tension – 28-42 dynes/cm at jetting temperature

Low Volatility – Boiling points higher than 100° C are preferred

Density – Specific gravity greater than 1 is beneficial

Degassing – Additionally the fluid may need to be degassed to remove any
dissolved gas which inhibits jetting. Typical degassing can be done with a vacuum
(a negative pressure of 2 psi for 1-2 hours maybe sufficient or up to only 50mbar),
by using ultrasonic, or by spinning (fully miscible solutions only).

Filtration – If particle size allows, it is recommended to filter all fluids to 0.2µm.

Acidity or Alkalinity – A pH-value between 4 and 9 is recommended.
Refer to FUJIFILM Dimatix Application Notes in the Tech Support link at the bottom of
the FUJIFILM Dimatix home page (www.dimatix.com) for more information.
1.0
Dimatix Model Fluid
This fluid is a non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-drying fluid used to test and qualify the
printheads.

The surface tension is 28 - 42 dynes/cm at jetting temperature. A polymeric dye
was selected to color the fluid.

The jetting temperature for Model Fluid is 35° C, resulting in a typical viscosity of
11.2 to 11.7 centipoise.
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Drop Formation
Figure 7 - 1 Waveform: wc_test.csv Voltage: 31 V
The following screen is a typical single pulse waveform such as one used for the
Dimatix Model Fluid.
Figure 7 - 2 Single Pulse Waveform
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The following picture shows a captured frame of a video taken during the testing of
Dimatix Model Fluid. You can see that after the drop leaves the nozzle it has a ligament.
The liquid, on this small scale, is mostly influenced by cohesive forces within the fluid.
Here not all of the ligament collects into the main drop again, creating a satellite, which is
a small drop of ink following or in close proximity of the main drop. Switching to lower
voltage leads to smaller ligaments. You could reduce the frequency, change the waveform,
or a combination of these to get your desired drop formation. These drops were jetted with
25V.
Figure 7 - 3 Capture frame
Refer to FUJIFILM Dimatix Application Notes in the Tech Support link at the bottom of
the FUJIFILM Dimatix home page (www.dimatix.com) for more information on drop
tuning.
3.0
Performance
The following are typical jetting results that the user may get from jettable fluids.
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Drop Velocity vs. Frequency
Higher viscosity fluids have lower velocity and a better high frequency performance
due to their dampening effect.
Drop velocity [m/s]
14
11.1cP
12.9cP
15.2cP
18.2cP
24.5cP
25.6cP
26.7cP
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
10
12
14
16
18
20
22
24
26
28
30
Firing frequency [kHz]
Figure 7 - 4 Drop Velocity vs. Firing Frequency
3.2
Drop Velocity vs. Voltage with different Viscosities
To maintain a given drop velocity, higher jetting voltages are required for higher
viscose fluids.
35
30
Veloc ity [m /s ]
25
11 c P
20
13 c P
15.5 c P
15
18 c P
10
5
0
0
5
10
15
20
25
V oltage [V ]
30
35
40
45
Figure 7 - 5 Velocity vs. Voltage
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Voltage vs. Drop Mass
The following chart shows that jetting at higher voltages leads to faster drops. Jetting at
higher voltages also leads to bigger drops.
20
18
Drop mass [ng]
16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0
19
21
23
25
27
29
31
33
35
37
39
41
43
Voltage [V]
Figure 7 - 6 Drop Mass vs. Voltage
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8
Waveform Basics
The DMP Drop Manager software has a standard waveform that has been found to work
very well with the Dimatix Model Fluid. This can be used as a starting point to understand
the jetting process.
The typical basic waveform is divided into four segments. Each segment has three
properties: duration, level and slew rate. The 0 segment is connected to the last segment of
the waveform and is not another segment. Naming it differently has been only done to
make the systematic of the waveform more transparent.
Figure 8 - 1 Basic Waveform
The level values, which resemble a percentage of the voltage in segment one and two have
the most impact on the jetting process. Changing duration of segment one and slew rate
and/or duration of segment two has a strong influence on drop formation. The applied
voltage relates directly to the volume of the pumping chamber. Faster changes in voltage
change the volume faster, bigger changes in voltage cause bigger volume changes.
The slew rate determines how fast the volume changes.
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Waveform editor window explanation
Controls for making adjustments… Select the
segment then use the controls. Watch the drops
change velocity and shape on the screen. All
adjustments are real time.
The negative section that
draws fluid into the
pumping chamber.
Followed by a hold /
settling time
The firing pulse. The
steepness of the slope
provides the energy for
the initial ejection. It is
followed by a hold
period.
Overall pulse length. It is related to the speed of
sound in your fluid. As a rule lower viscosity =
shorter pulse… higher viscosity longer pulse. Use
the duration scaler to go up and down (1.1 – 0.9)
Limit the maximum jetting
frequency for a particular
fluid here.
The dampening segment and is
designed to prevent the printed
head from sucking air back in.
This changes with different
materials. This section brings
the PZT back to a null position
Figure 8 - 2 Waveform Editor
As a starting point, adjust the voltage to get some sort of drop starting to eject. Then
adjust the pulse length to get maximum drop velocity. Once the peak velocity is
obtained, your fluid is matched to the acoustics of the pumping chamber. Now you can
start adjusting the segments to optimize the drop formation.
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The following figure shows the start or standby position of the pumping chamber of the
piezo-electric printhead as it is before the jetting pulse begins. Notice that the fluid
chamber is depressed by a bias voltage.
Figure 8 - 3 Waveform – Start
At the beginning of the jetting pulse the decrease in voltage to zero volts brings the piezo
back to a neutral straight or relaxed position with the chamber at its maximum volume. In
this phase the fluid is pulled into the chamber through the inlet. It also pulls on the
meniscus at the nozzle as shown in the following diagram.
Figure 8 - 4 Waveform – Phase 1
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The next phase of the pulse is the drop ejection phase. The chamber is compressed and
pressure generated to eject a drop.
Figure 8 - 5 Waveform – Phase 2
Next is the recovery phase where the piezo voltage is brought back down to its bias
level. The chamber decompresses at first only partially and then in full refilling for the
next pulse. There is also a pull back on the ejected drop at the nozzle at this point.
Figure 8 - 6 Waveform – Phases 4 and 5
In the example below the goal was to get a higher jetting velocity without sacrificing
too much drop formation quality. In these tests only one parameter was changed at a
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time. The observed results are listed below. To perform these tests a model ink was used at
these jetting parameters.
Changed Value
Velocity
Side Effects
Segment 1:
 slew rate
 duration


possible tails
possible tails
Segment 2:
 slew rate

possible tails
Segment 3:
 slew rate

-
Segment 4:
slew rate

-
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Cartridge
IMPORTANT
When opening the sealed bag that the Fluid Module
and Jetting Module come in take care to prevent
particles from getting in the Fill Port.
The following diagram shows the major parts of the Cartridge.
Fluid Module
Fluid Case
Fluid Bag
Fill Port
Pressure Port
Jetting Module
Electrical Connector
Nozzles
Figure 9 - 1 Cartridge Components
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CAUTION
!
1.0
Do not remove the white film around the nozzles. It
can damage the cartridge.
Do not fill the Pressure Port with fluid. It damages
the printer.
Do not get fluid on the Electrical Connector. It may
cause electrical shorting.
Always wear the appropriate safety equipment, such
as a lab coat, gloves, and safety goggles, when
filling a cartridge. Use a ventilated hood if the fluids
you are using necessitate such.
Fluid Module Filling
The following steps show how to fill the fluid module.
1.1
Fill Syringe
1. Pull fluid into syringe (1.5 ml.
Figure 9 - 2 Fluid aspiration
2. Install filter onto syringe. If the fluid is known to be filtered properly and not
have agglomerates, you may not need to use a filter. Dimatix Model Fluid does
not need a filter.
Figure 9 - 3 Filter installation
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3. Slip a fill needle on the filter of syringe.
Figure 9 - 4 Tip installation
4. Unscrew and remove the fluid module fill port cap
5. Carefully insert the needle into center fill port trying not to scrape the sides
6. Slowly push the syringe plunger to fill the fluid module.
Figure 9 - 5 Fluid injection
7. Remove syringe.
Figure 9 - 6 Syringe extraction
Note:
Syringes are typically manufactured with a lubricant (often silicon oil) on
the plunger. If your fluid is aggressive or cannot be associated with a small
amount of this fluid, then syringes such as glass may be required.
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Assembly
The following steps show how to attach the cartridge.
2.1
Attach Fluid Module to Jetting Module
1. Align the pressure port of the fluid module with the opening in the jetting
module.
2. Push the two halves straight together until the SECOND snap is felt and heard.
This is a fairly rigid connection and takes a fair amount of force.
Figure 9 - 7 Cartridge assembly
3. Once the two pieces are snapped together the fluid can flow into the jetting
device of the cartridge. Let the cartridge set for 30 minutes with the nozzles
facing down. At this point care must be taken to protect the nozzles of the
cartridge. If the fluid is very low surface tension it may flow out of the nozzles.
If it is highly volatile it may start drying at the nozzle leaving residue and
thereby preventing it from jetting. It is best to immediately place the filled
cartridge in the DMP.
Note:
While snapping the two modules together not push on or touch the
nozzle plate.
Do not dispose of this product as unsorted
municipal waste. Collection of such waste
separately for special treatment is necessary.
(Entsorgen sie dieses Produkt nicht als
unsortierten Hausmüll. Eine Fachgerechte
Entsorgung ist nötig.)
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Cartridge Maintenance
The DMP contains hardware and software to perform one or more maintenance activities
which are designed to initialize and maintain optimal jetting performance.

The cleaning station contains an absorbent pad to draw fluid off of the nozzle plate
when it is brought close to it. It does not actually touch the nozzle surface but
rather it contacts the face plate of the cartridge around the nozzle plate. The pad is
replaceable.

The cleaning station uses air pressure to pressurize the outside of the fluid bag,
which forces fluid out through the nozzles. This is mainly used to initially prime
the cartridge, but also as a method for reviving problem nozzles. The DMP
includes a pump for this function, which is also used for meniscus control.
Specific functions include:

Purging process pressurizes the cartridge to push fluid out the nozzles to remove
trapped air to prime or clear the nozzles.

Spitting is jetting drops out of the nozzles at a selected frequency and duration.
Tickle mode sends a non-jetting pulse to the nozzles keeping the ink in motion at
the nozzle plate to help keep it ready to jet.

Blotting is when the cartridge lowers to the Cleaning Pad so that the pad can
adsorb excess fluid from the nozzle plate.

Meniscus Control is a low level vacuum applied to the ink reservoir to prevent ink
from flowing out of the cartridge nozzles.
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Cleaning Function Definitions
Maintenance Function
Definition
Benefits
Comments
Purging
Applies air pressure to
outside of fluid bag to
force fluid through
entire fluid path and out
all nozzles at once.
Required for initial use to
force air out of fluid path
(prime).
Clears severely clogged
nozzles.
Can also be used to lower
printhead temperature by
purging hot fluid and
bringing system temperature
fluid into the path.
Produced high flow rate of
fluid, so purge time should
be minimized for 1 ml
cartridges.
Used as last resort for
clearing clogged nozzles.
Spitting
Ejecting a predetermined
number of drops at a
predetermined frequency
from one or more
nozzles.
Clears the nozzles, brings
fresh fluid to the pumping
chamber and nozzles, keeps
fluid path surfaces wet.
Consumes ink that cannot
be used for printing.
Typically used on a
periodic basis, e.g. every
X printing passes or every
Y seconds, to maintain
robust jetting
performance.
Blotting
Bringing an absorbent
and/or wicking medium
in close proximity to
nozzle plate (may lightly
touch) to remove excess
fluid from the nozzle
plate. No wiping action.
Fluid puddling around
nozzles can partially attach to
ejected drops causing
misdirected firing. In
extreme cases, puddled fluid
will fill nozzle and prevent
firing altogether. In addition,
excess fluid on the nozzle
can fall or be flung off onto
substrate or printer
components.
Risk of cross
contamination when
switching cartridges of
different fluid if cleaning
pad is not changed.
Tickle Mode
Exercising the pumping
chamber at low
amplitude to
rhythmically pulsate the
nozzle exit meniscus.
Retards skinning over of
nozzle exit meniscus. Keeps
nozzle exit wet.
May be sufficient to keep
nozzles alive for lower
volatility fluids as an
alternative to spitting.
Used while head is
capped, or for lo use
nozzles during printing.
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Failure Modes, Prevention and Recovery
Failure Mode
Symptoms
Prevention
Recovery
1
Volatile solvents
evaporate (dry) when
printhead is not being
used. Fluid viscosity
increases, fluid dries
inside of nozzles, and
crusts on nozzle plate
surface.
When printing starts
again, nozzles do not
fire, or fire poorly (low
velocity, misdirected).
Cap printhead when not
printing. Spit into cap to
saturate air with solvent
vapors. Spit occasionally
and/or use tickle mode
to keep nozzles alive.
Spit or purge, following
with wipe or blot.
Replace cartridge if
severe.
2
Volatile solvents
evaporate (fluid dries) in
nozzles that are not
being used. Fluid
viscosity increases, fluid
dries inside of nozzles,
and crusts on nozzle
plate surface.
When printing starts
again, nozzles do not
fire, or fire poorly (low
velocity, misdirected).
Exercise unused nozzles
using tickle mode, and/
or by spitting
occasionally.
Spit or purge, following
with wipe or blot.
Replace cartridge if
severe.
3
In newly filled
cartridges there is air in
the fluid path.
All nozzles fail to fire.
None.
Purge the head to force
air out of fluid path and
fill pumping chamber
and nozzles with fluid.
Follow with blot to
remove excess fluid
from nozzle plate.
4
Air becomes ingested in
the nozzle due to
excessive drop ejection
dynamics.
Some or all nozzles do
not fire.
Adjust drive waveforms
and/or fluid properties.
Purge the head to force
air out of fluid path and
fill pumping chamber
and nozzles with fluid.
Follow with blot to
remove excess fluid
from nozzle plate.
5
Fluid oozes out of the
nozzles due to gravity
and capillary action.
Fluid collects on the face Increase meniscus
plate (see next item
control vacuum level.
below).
Blot the nozzle plate.
6
Drops and/or puddles of
fluid collect on the
nozzle plate and hang
down.
Excess fluid temporarily
attaches to drops as they
are being ejected causing
misdirection and/or low
velocity. Nozzles are
flooded and do not eject
drops at all. Fluid falls
onto substrate or printer,
or is flung off by
carriage motion.
Adjust drive waveforms
to create more crisp drop
ejection. Blot or wipe
surface periodically
during printing.Increase
meniscus control
vacuum level.
Blot the nozzle plate.
7
Pumping force is not
enough to overcome
meniscus control
vacuum.
Some or all nozzles do
not fire.
Decrease meniscus
control vacuum level.
Decrease meniscus
control vacuum level.
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10
Print Quality Troubleshooting
Printhead jetting issues and subsequent print quality issues typically fall into four main
categories. This section shows the most likely causes, the resulting print artifact and
corrective action that can be taken to mitigate the effects.
1.0
Misdirected Nozzles
Misdirected nozzles refers to drops that are traveling off axis from left to right, or more
difficult to resolve is front to back. The following figure illustrates a jet ejection off axis in
the drop watcher.
Figure 10 - 1 Jets firing off axis
The primary causes of misdirected nozzles are contamination at or on the nozzle plate and
or air inside the nozzle descender. Contamination is typically a static condition, meaning
that the drop consistently jets to the side in spite of repeated cleaning cycles. This
indicates that debris is lodged just inside the nozzle and is forcing the drop to eject at an
angle.
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When an air bubble is present the ejecting drop or more specifically the ligament
extension appears to swirl as the drop is being ejected. This is caused by micro-bubbles
in the ink that are stubbornly residing just inside the nozzle opening and affect the drop
formation and typically drop velocity. Figure 10-2 shows the result of misdirected
nozzles on a printout. The print spacing in Figure 10-2 has been increased so as to
better display individual drops and placement issues. In Figure 10-3 there are multiple
nozzles ejecting off axis as well as mismatched velocities and poor sustainability.
Figure 10 - 2 Misdirected nozzles
Figure 10 - 3 Multiple nozzles firing off axis
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Corrective actions:

Filtering the fluid before jetting helps to remove any agglomerated particles or
debris that may block the nozzles. Micro filters in the range of 0.2 - .45
micrometers have been found to be adequate. Ensure as well that the fill tip is
clean.

Check to see that the cleaning pad has not become saturated or dried over, replace
if there is any doubt. A cleaning pad that has lost its absorbent properties affects
jetting performance.

Perform a purge cycle with a known good cleaning pad in place and retest. In the
event that the nozzle has accumulated dried fluid, moisten a clean room cloth with
the appropriate solvent and place atop the maintenance pad then run a cleaning
cycle. This should dissolve the residue.

In the event that the above actions prove unsuccessful, use the advance features of
the cartridge settings to map around the offending nozzle. Be sure to save the new
cartridge settings and then reload them at the top menu to make the changes active.

Certain fluids respond well to degassing prior to loading the fluid module.
Degassed fluids can aid sustainability and allow for the printhead to start up faster.
Non-Jetting Nozzles
Non-jetting nozzles are nozzles that do not eject a drop under any condition and are
adjacent to nozzles that are jetting properly. This indicates that the waveform is correct. In
the following figure you can see that the adjacent nozzles are jetting properly yet nozzle
#15 is showing no drop ejection.
Figure 10 - 4 Non-firing nozzles
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When a situation arises that a nozzle that does not seem to want to jet, there are usually
only two causes. The first would be air entrapment in the pumping chamber which
effectively cancels or dampens the jetting pulse. If this is the case usually the meniscus
continues to flutter slightly yet there is insufficient energy to force a drop to form. The
second occurrence is when the nozzle has become plugged due to debris in the fluid
path or the nozzle itself has dried over. When a nozzle has become plugged or dried out
you are not able to observe the subtle pulsations of the meniscus in the nozzle opening.
In the following figure you can see the effect of a non-jetting nozzle #7on a print out.
Figure 10 - 5 Non-firing nozzle #7
2.1
Corrective actions:

As previously mentioned a fresh cleaning pad is critical to the head
performance. If there is pulsation of the meniscus visible at the nozzle then the
problem may be air trapped in the fluid path. It is not uncommon to allow a
printhead to sit for an hour or two after loading. The result is after sitting the
micro-bubbles that may initially resist purging or wetting are redissolved into
solution. A purge cycle of 0.5 – 1.0 seconds may also help to remove the
trapped air.

If there are no visible pulsations of the meniscus then the nozzle is likely
plugged or fluid has not reached the nozzles. Applying an appropriate solvent to
the nozzle plate may dissolve dried jetting fluid. If the nozzle has become
occluded with foreign debris then you need to use the advanced features of the
Cartridge Settings window to map around that specific nozzle. Remember to
degas and filter your fluids before loading the fluid module.
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Non-Matched Velocities
When a new printhead is installed it is absolutely essential that you take the time to adjust
the drop velocities for all sixteen nozzles. This has a direct impact on image quality and
overall line fidelity. Within the cartridge settings are voltage adjustments for each
individual nozzle. Perform a Calibrate Nozzle View from the Tools menu in the Drop
Watcher window. In the following figure you see that nozzle #1 is indeed running slow.
When the drop velocities are mismatched the result is vertical lines that have uneven
edges.
Figure 10 - 6 Nozzle #1 running slow
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As seen in Figure 10-7 nozzle #16 is jetting slower that the rest, note the impact on the
vertical line.
Figure 10 - 7 Nozzle #16 firing slowest
3.1
4.0
Corrective action:

Within the Drop Watcher use the 100 µs delay adjust each nozzle individually
by right clicking on the selection box for each nozzle. Having done an Align
Nozzle View the nozzle being adjusted align to the zero line and make velocity
matching very easy. Be sure to save the cartridge settings. Then reload them in
order for the system to actually use them.

Pay attention to the drop formation and in particular at what distance the drop
coalesces into a fully formed drop. Higher drop velocities may slightly improve
drop placement but the sacrifice would be a less than round drop. Lower
velocities may yield a round coalesced drop but due to lower velocity may tend
to wander in placement accuracy.

Use the drop watcher as an indicator for setting the printhead fly height based
on the distance that yields a fully formed drop.
Cartridge Alignment & Drop Offset
Perhaps the most often missed contributor to print quality is the proper alignment of the
print cartridge. The DMP software relies on the operator to physically rotate the head to
a saber angle that matches the grid spacing in the pattern to be printed. Failure to adjust
this angle accurately results in gaps or excessive overlap as well as vertical lines that
have a noticeable saw tooth to them. The following figure is an example of a cartridge
alignment that is off by an angle of -2 degrees with nozzle #16 off speed.
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In order to ensure that the pattern you intend to print is aligned to your substrate a drop
offset routine needs to be run after the cartridge alignment is completed.
Figure 10 - 8 Alignment off by -2 degrees
In Figure 10-9 you can see the result when the cartridge is off by an angle of +2 degrees.
Figure 10 - 9 Alignment off by +2 degrees
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Figure 10-10 shows a cartridge that has been properly aligned. Note the placement of
the vertical rows and the absence of overlap or gap at the printing pass boundaries.
Figure 10 - 10 Properly aligned cartridge
4.1
5.0
Corrective action:

In the Fiducial Camera window in the Tools menu click on Check Cartridge
Angle and follow the on screen prompts. Once the pattern has printed and you
have performed the required measurement, the software prompts you to make
an adjustment clockwise or counter clockwise. Repeat this adjustment until the
reported error is less than .25 degrees.

To ensure drop placement accuracy it is necessary to run the Set Drop Offset
from the same pull down menu, follow the on screen prompts. This provides the
software with an accurate XY 0,0 position to reference from.
Things to remember

A piezo driven printhead relies on incompressible liquids throughout the fluid
path and does not tolerate air in the system well at all.

Sometimes allowing the head to sit undisturbed for an hour is the best way to
ensure good wetting of the printhead.

Whenever a print cartridge is replaced the saber angle needs to be checked and
a drop offset adjustment has to be performed again, in this particular order. The
nozzle velocities have to be re-adjusted.
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Using the drop watcher, determine the maximum jetting frequency that your fluid
runs well at, assign that value in the waveform editor and then save that waveform
to the Cartridge Settings file. Failure to do so could result in jetting frequencies
that are beyond the limits of your fluid to sustain and result in misdirections, poor
sustainability, and unacceptable print quality.
System Faults
There are several error messages that may occur during operation of the DMP. In these
cases you usually get a message to power off the DMP and then power it back on. If the
problem is not remedied by turning the DMP off (leave off for 5 seconds minimum) and
then back on, the system has to be returned to FUJIFILM Dimatix for service.
6.1
Faults

The cartridge drive amplifier has malfunctioned.
This is an error in the Amplifier calibration as it tries to communicate with the jetting
module. Try replacing the jet cartridge. Additionally ensure that the contacts on the
head carrier are clean and free of contamination and that the cartridge is seated and
latched in position properly.

The platen heater is malfunctioning.
This is a result of the platen heater having a short, an open or a thermocouple is not
reading.

A motor has malfunctioned
One of several motors has detected an error. This is related to a signal from the FPGA
and usually indicates an over current condition. With the printer powered down, check
for material blocking the platen or carriage movement then restart. If you get this
message with the Platen Theta Home Sensor you can try to recover from that error
yourself. Therefore turn off the printer and shut down the software. Now with you
hand reach under the left front of the platen. You should feel a small stepper motor and
a shaft sticking out of it. Push the shaft all the way into the motor until its end if flush
with the motor. Now turn the printer back on and initialize the system. If the error
persists you most likely have a broken theta sensor or a damaged sensor flag. In both
cases you need to contact Dimatix customer support @ (408) 565-7474.

Driver error
The system has reported an error related to the USB driver. Power the Computer and
Printer off. Rearrange the USB connectors and restart the computer then the printer.
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Encoder index
The printer has failed to recognize the index sensors associated with the X and or Y
axis. Ensure that there is nothing on the encoder strips such as paper chafe or ink
deposits and make sure the stages are free to move. Power the system down and
retest.

Home sensor
Home sensors are associated with the X axis, Y axis and Platen rotation. Ensure
that there is nothing blocking any of the axis movement and cycle the printer
power. If condition persists call Dimatix Customer Support @ (408) 565-7474.

Movement error
This is a positional fault. This occurs when the printer is commanded to move to a
specific position, but is not within the preset tolerance when motion stops.

The printer's 3 volt power supply has malfunctioned.
This is a failure of the logic level power. Turn the DMP off and wait 5 seconds then
turn back on. If condition persists call Dimatix Customer Support. (408) 565-7474.

The printer's 5 volt power supply has malfunctioned.
This is a failure of the logic level power. Turn the DMP off and wait 5 seconds then
turn back on. If condition persists call Dimatix Customer Support @ (408) 5657474.

The purge pressure is too low.
The pressure side of the air system has detected a leak or the pump pressure is
insufficient. Replace the cartridge with a known good cartridge and retry. Ensure
that the cartridge is fully seated in the head latch assembly. Refer to System
Diagnostics in the following section or the Help menu on the main DMP window.

The cartridge meniscus vacuum can't be controlled.
The vacuum side of the system has detected a leak or the vacuum generator is
malfunctioning. Replace the cartridge with a known good module and retry. Ensure
that the module is fully seated in the head latch assembly. Refer to System
Diagnostics in the following section or the Help menu on the main DMP window.

The printer's internal memory has failed.
The Main board memory is at fault. Shut down the Drop Manager Software and the
DMP. Restart after 5 seconds. If the condition persists, call Dimatix Customer
Support @ (408) 565-7474.

The printer CPU firmware upgrade has failed.
In this case the system asks you to Try Again. Possibly a timing issue between the
Main board, USB and Computer.
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The printer FPGA upgrade has failed.
In this case the system asks you to Try Again. Usually a check sum error has occurred.
Similar to a CPU firmware upgrade failure.

An undefined printer error has occurred.
This is typically a motion related error that occurs due to the lid being opened while
the printer is initializing or performing some type of mechanical motion. Turn the
system off and restart after 5 seconds.
7.0
System Diagnostics
If there is a fault with the pneumatic system or the Theta Axis the following screens can
be found in the Help menu in the Drop Watcher main window. You can identify and
trouble shoot the system to some extend on your own. Simply place the mouse cursor on
the Test Control block that you wish to test and follow the instructions.
Figure 10 - 11 Platen Pump screen
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Figure 10 - 12 Set Meniscus screen
Figure 10 - 13 Purge Pressure screen
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If there is an error with the Theta motor or platen the following screen can help identify
and resolve the problem.
Figure 10 - 14 Theta Motor screen
8.0
Preventative Maintenance
When installing cartridges, inspect the connector on the carriage holder. If you see any
fluid on the connector, wipe it off with a clean lint free cloth or other similar material.
Additionally, wipe any other fluid or debris from the holder area.
Inspect the pressure seal area on the cartridge holder also. Make sure it is free of debris to
ensure that proper pressure regulation can occur.
Vacuum the fan filters located on the bottom of the printer.
Grease the Y-axis lead screw with Tri-Gel 1200SCas required.
Inspect the encoder strips for obstructions, clean with soft cloth as required.
9.0
Reference Information
Please visit the FUJIFILM Dimatix web site and the Tech Support link at the bottom of the
FUJIFILM Dimatix home page (www.dimatix.com) for the latest application and ink jet
usage information in the deposition field.
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Signing up on the Tech Support extranet is free for DMP customers and provides you
access to a lot of inkjet printing related information. If you have not setup your Tech
Support extranet access yet, click on the Tech Support link at the bottom of the
FUJIFILM Dimatix home page (www.dimatix.com). On the Tech Support Welcome
page, select Create Account. Complete the information and select Save.
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A
Specifications
1.0
1.1
System Description

Flat substrate, xyz stage, “ink jet” deposition system

User-fillable, piezo-based ink jet print cartridges

Built-in drop jetting observation system

Variable jetting resolution and pattern creation PC-controlled with Graphical User
Interface (GUI) application software

Capable of jetting a wide range of fluids

Heated vacuum platen

Cartridge cleaning station

Includes PC, monitor, and software
Mechanical System

Printable area
–
–
Substrate size < 0.5 mm thickness: 210 mm x 315 mm (8.27 in x 12.4 in)
Substrate size 0.5 - 25 mm thickness: 210 mm x 260 mm (8.27 in x 10.2 in)

Repeatability: ± 25 µm (± 0.001 in)

Substrate holder
–
–
Vacuum platen
Temperature adjustable; ambient to 60 °C

System footprint: 673 mm x 584 mm x 419 mm (26 in x 23 in x 16 in)

Weight approximately 43 kg (95 lbs)

Power 100-120 / 200-240 VAC 50/60Hz 375W maximum
–
–
Fuse @ 250 V 2A SLO-BLO 5 x 20 mm
Fuse @ 110 V 4A SLO-BLO 5 x 20 mm
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
Operating range 15-40 °C at 5-80% RH non-condensing

Altitude up to 2000 m

Safety and EMC compliance
– Safety: NRTL Certified to EN 61010-1, UL 61010-1, CSA 22.2 No. 61010-1
– EMC: EN61326-1 Class A, FCC Part 15 Class A
2.0
3.0
4.0
5.0
Cartridge

Type:Piezo-driven jetting device with integrated reservoir and heater

Usable Ink Capacity:Up to 1.5 ml (user-fillable)

Materials Compatibility:Many water-based, solvent, acidic or basic fluids

Number of Nozzles:16 nozzles, 254 µm spacing, single row
Control PC and Application Software

Pre-loaded patterned templates

Pattern preview

Editors: Pattern, piezo-driven waveform, cleaning cycle, substrate setting

Bitmap (1 bit) files accepted

DXF, GDSII and OASIS file conversion to Bitmap
Replaceable Items

Print cartridge with one-time user-fillable reservoir

Cleaning station nozzle blotting pad

Drop watcher fluid absorbing pad
Options

Fiducial camera for substrate alignment and measurement
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B
Returning a DMP to Dimatix
When you have to return your DMP to Dimatix for repair, close adherence to our return
procedure expedites the return. There are three tasks in processing a return:
1. Contact Dimatix Customer Service for return authorization.
2. Clean the DMP.
3. Pack up the DMP.
1.0
Return Authorization
A Returned Materials Authorization (RMA) is required prior to the return of your DMP.
When contacting Dimatix Customer Service for an RMA, please have the following
information available:

Company name, contact name, contact phone, fax and/or e-mail information.

Product being returned, with the Dimatix part number.

The number of units being returned and their serial numbers.

Description of the failure for each serial number. For example, “serial number
390054 has lost meniscus and vacuum.” The information provided about the
failure is used to perform failure analysis and to determine appropriate repair steps.
The more detailed the information provided, the better.

Description of the fluids used (part number and supplier). An MSDS must be
provided for any fluid or materials used in the printer when the product is returned
to Dimatix. Information about the fluids also aids in determining repair steps and
in failure analysis.
Forward this information to Dimatix Customer Service at:
Fax: #(603)448-3658 or e-mail: [email protected]
A Customer Service Representative researches the return request with Technical Support,
and either provides the RMA number or requests additional information. The RMA
number must be recorded on the outside of the shipping container when the product is
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returned to Dimatix. MSDSs for any fluid or materials that were used in the printer
must be included in the return shipment.
2.0
DMP-2800 Cleaning Procedures
The DMP to be returned should be thoroughly cleaned. This expedites the failure
analysis. Autopsy returns are dependent upon the perceived problem. Check with
Customer Service before readying the return as different rules on cleaning may apply.
CAUTION
!
Follow your company’s personal protection gear
policies when cleaning the DMP. At a minimum
safety glasses, particle mask, lab gloves, and a
protective coat should be worn.
1. Remove cartridge from printer.
2. Remove cleaning pad.
3. Remove drop watcher pad.
4. Turn off power.
5. Clean all available surfaces with 70% isopropanol using lint-free cloth. If there
is any visible precipitated material or apparent film on printer parts, these areas
must be thoroughly cleaned before returning. Use a more aggressive cleaning
fluid if required.
6. Let the DMP dry completely before packing.
3.0
Packing up the DMP
It is imperative that you repack the DMP properly to avoid damage in transit. If you
have retained the original shipping crate and materials, please use them when
packaging for return. If the materials are not available, especially the wooden crate,
make sure that the DMP is securely packaged with appropriate materials.
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C
Tech Support Extranet
FUJIFILM Dimatix's Materials Deposition Tech Support extranet provides all registered
users with easy access to the following information:

FAQs

Ink Jet 101

Web-based training

Application notes

Popular jetting files

Product manuals

Software and troubleshooting

Supplies and replacement parts

MSDS
To register for a Tech Support extranet account, click on the Tech Support link at the
bottom of the FUJIFILM Dimatix home page (www.dimatix.com). On the Tech Support
Welcome page, select Create Account. Complete the information and select Save.
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Index
133
Symbols
Cartridge Tab 24
Alignment Procedures 76
Cartridge Print Height 25
Jets to Use 24
Cleaning Cycles tab 25
Cleaning Function Definitions 110
Drop Spacing 45
Faults 121
Placement
49
Placement / Tiling 49
A
About this Manual ii
Cautions ii
Important iii
Notes iii
Warnings ii
Wheelie Bin Symbol iii
Assembly 108
Attach Fluid Module to Jetting Module 108
B
Bitmap File
Substrate Tab 48
Drop Spacing 48
Layers 48
Leader Bar 48
Substrate Dimensions 48
Enable Advanced Features 22
Cartridge Settings 22
Cartridge Tab 24
Cartridge 105
Cleaning Cycle
create 28
cleaning cycle
default 27
Cleaning Cycle Editor 26
Cleaning Cycle Editor screen 27
Cleaning Cycles 25
Cleaning Cycles Tab 25
Cleaning Pad 35
Replace 35
Cleaning Procedures 130
Configure Capture Quality 63
D
Dark Field 73
Delay 27
Blot 27
Delay 100 65
Blotting 109
Dimatix Drop Manager 9, 72
BMP File Printing 46
Dimatix Materials Printer (DMP) 1
Bright Field 73
Dimatix Model Fluid 93
DMP 1
C
Calibrate Nozzle View 66
air flow 6
Calibrate Thermal Scaling 84
icon 9
Calibrate Theta 82
starting 8
Capture Image/Movie button 63
Draw feature 42
Cartridge Alignment 118
Drop Offset 118
Corrective action 120
Drop Refresh Rate 65
cartridge angle scale 56
Drop Spacing 44
Cartridge Maintenance 109
Drop Velocity vs. Voltage 96
Cartridge Mounting Angle 56
Drop Viewing Speed 65
Cartridge Settings
Drop Volume Measurement 66
Drop Watcher 61
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E
Fiducial Functions 72
E-Commerce 131
Firing Control 65
F
Firing Frequency 65
Failure Modes, Prevention and Recovery 111
Fluid Module Filling 106
Fiducial Camera 73
fill needle 107
Bright Field 73
Fill Syringe 106
bright field mode
Install filter onto syringe 106
switch position 73
Camera Field of View 72
Fluid Requirements
Degassing 93
Dark Field 73
Density 93
dark field mode
Filtration 93
switch position 73
Features 74
Center X- Position 74
Center Y-Position 74
Cursor X-Position 75
Cursor Y- Position 75
Data Point History 76
Focus 74
Image Reference Point 75
Use Reference Point 75
Light Intensity 74
Move Controls 74
Home 75
Platen 74
X-Position 74
Y-Position 74
Viewing and Capture Control 75
Capture Image 76
Configure 75
Image Title 76
X-Track Speed 74
Y-, Y+, X-, X+ 74
Y-Track Speed 74
Light Intensity 73
Fiducial Camera Window 76
File menu 92
Exit 92
Print Pattern 92
Options 91
Low Volatility 93
Surface Tension 93
Viscosity 93
Fluid Requirements 93
G
Graticule 66
I
Image 75
Image to Pattern Converter 46
Important (Wichtig) vii
Initial Start-Up Operation 11
Install Cartridge 11
Introduction 1
J
Jetting Waveform vs. Non-Jetting Waveform 31
M
Main menu
Help menu 20
Main screen 19
File menu 20
Tools menu 20
Measure Cartridge Angle 88
Crosshairs 91
Measurement Mode 91
Platen Vacuum 92
Text 91
Zoom Box 91
Fiducial Camera 72
Meniscus Control 109
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Meniscus Vacuum 24
Misdirected Nozzles 113
Corrective actions 115
Model Fluid 93
Index
135
window 42
jetting temperature 93
surface tension 93
Preview Drops button 42
viscosity 93
Preview Spot Size 44
Movie Mode 63
Print
Use Reference Point 51
N
Non-Firing Nozzles
Print Origin 75
Corrective actions 116
Print Preview 52
Non-Jetting Nozzles 115
Leader Bar 53
Non-Jetting Wave Form 31
print origin 53
Non-Jetting Waveform 31
reference point 53
Non-Matched Velocities
Tiled array 54
Corrective action 118
Printer Information 20
Non-Matched Velocities 117
Purge 27
P
Purging 109
Pattern Block Array 41
box 41
R
Reference Image 53
Pattern Block Drop Position 42
Reference Information 125
Pattern Editor 38
Reference Point 50, 75
Pattern Printing 37
Replacing Cleaning Pad 31
Create Your Own Pattern 38
Returned Materials Authorization 129
Select Pattern 37
Returning a DMP to Dimatix 129
PC
RMA 129
cables 7
S
Start up 8
Safety (Sicherheit) iv
PCI video capture card 65
Safety Information iv
Performance 95
Screen Descriptions 19
Drop Velocity vs. Frequency 96
Drop Velocity vs. Voltage
with different Viscosities 96
Voltage vs. Drop Mass 97
Select Pattern 37
Pre-Defined Standard Patterns 38
Set Drop Offset 78
Set Focus Origin 77
platen 74
Set Print Origin 76
Predefined Standard Patterns 38
Set Reference Point 77
Preventative Maintenance 125
Set-Up and Installation 5
Preview
Show All Patterns 42
Tiled 49
Preview Drops 42
Specifications
Cartridge 128
button 42
Control PC and Application Software 128
screen 42
Options 128
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Index
Replaceable Items 128
Operating 2
Humidity 2
Temperature 2
System Description 127
Mechanical System 127
Specifications 127
Spit 27
Spitting 109
Spot Size
Enable 44
Preview 44
Strobe Delay 65
Substrate 39
Dimensions 39
Drop Spacing 40
Layers box 40
Count 40
Interlayer Delay 40
Preview Drops 40
Leader Bar 39
Substrate thickness 25
System Accessories 2
Power 2
T
Things to remember 120
Tickle Control 23, 31
Tools menu
Cleaning Cycle Editor 26
Tools Tab 66
Trouble Shooting
Print Quality 113
U
Unpacking
DMP 5
PC 6
Unpacking 5
V
vernier scale 56
View Cartridge settings 66
Cleaning pads 2
Viewing and Capture Control 63
Drop watcher pads 2
Viewing Nozzle 61
Fill tips 2
W
Filters 2
Personal Computer 2
waveform
single pulse 94
Starter Kit 2
Waveform Basics 29
Substrate location and positioning system 2
Waveform Basics 99
Syringes 2
Waveform Editor 29
System Diagnostics 22
Individual Segment Controls 30
System Diagnostics 123
Duration 30
Level 30
Slew Rate 30
Overall Waveform Controls 30
System Faults 121
System Identification
Dimatix Materials Printer 2
Printer Carriage 4
System Identification 2
System Requirements 2
Environment 2
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Maximum Jetting Frequency 30
Width 30
Waveform editor 100
Waveform Tab 23
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