How does a CIJ printer work?
Principle of a CIJ Printer
Ink is pressured by an ink supply pump and flow from the ink bottle to the nozzle. The nozzle uses ultrasonic vibration to break a pressurized ink stream into small droplets as it leaves the nozzle. The drops are ejected from the nozzle at high speed. They pass through the charge electrode tunnel / and then on between the deflection electrode. Here the drops are deflected, by an amount which depends on the charge they were given by the charge electrode. After the drops leave the region of the deflection electrode they continue to travel in their new direction until they pass out of the print head and to the substrate. Drops that aren't required for printing are caught by the gutter and subsequently recycled back to the ink bottle.