Ink drop printer nozzle

Formation and discharge of an ink drop in a printer nozzle. This simulation was run with FLOW-3D/MP, FLOW-3D‘s HPC solution.

Despite the continuing move towards a “paperless” world, the market still hungers for simple, low-cost inkjet printers with more and more demand for high quality. The rapid proliferation in the use of digital cameras means more consumers also require high-quality color photo printing capability in their homes. This drives printer manufacturers to design better ways to satisfy the consumer demand through exotic design alternatives. Inkjet manufacturers around the world use FLOW-3D to improve the performance of their printers. Design engineers can study droplet generation (volume, shape, velocity, satellite creation), and the effect of nozzle geometry, temperature, bubble energy and surface tension on these variables.

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