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Inkjet Start-up Guide
Last Updated: 06/22/2017


NovaCentrix offers a kit of materials that can be used by industrial and academic research and development groups to learn about new developments in the field of inkjet printed electronics firsthand. This kit is being used to rapid prototype a printed design, fulfill basic R&D requirements and begin to understand the manufacturing benefits and challenges associated with inkjet printing. This entry level kit uses a common off the shelf piezoelectric inkjet printer with aftermarket refillable cartridges to make it possible to produce printed electronics with everyday tools.

What comes in the kit

Items from this list may be purchased independently using the order form at the top of the page.

Ink storage guidelines

How to use it

Epson C88 printers use an optical sensor to detect the edge of the page. When working with Novele, please place a sheet of copy paper in with your substrate to trip the edge detector.

If the cartridge has just been filled but it shows up on screen empty then it is necessary to use the chip resetter so that it will appear full again to the computer. Sometimes, cartridges will continue to have issues. Generally, these cartridges have dirty contacts or are otherwise making poor contact with the print head. Ensure that the plastic clip is able to apply significant pressure to seat the metal contacts and that the contacts are clean and dry.

Please refer to these files for information about how to get started and troubleshooting issues that may arise:

C88 start up instructions

Maintenance and downtime

While the silver and copper ink are stable in the epson printer when it is used daily, if you are not planning to use the printer for a while then you should clean out the head by printing inkjet vehicle using the clean out files below.

Clean out files

Black, Cyan, Magenta and Yellow

Cartridge videos

Cartridge prime and fill

Ink Refilling and Drip Stopping


JS-BxxP inks printed on porous media, such as Novele and various coated or uncoated papers, may be cured in a conventional oven though the porous media may curl above 100°C. Please refer to the JS-BxxP series datasheet for the thermally cured resistivity data. You may mail these samples to NovaCentrix for curing with PulseForge tools to achieve best results. Please provide a return label.

JS-B inks may be used with non-porous substrates if you have modified the printer to remove the metal gripper rollers on the machine's outfeed. You may cure this type of sample >200°C on a hot plate or in an oven. Be very careful of static electricity as this will interfere with the print quality. Static may be removed with ionizing blowers or by preheating the substrate at 100°C.

ICI inks are intended to be cured with PulseForge tools very soon after printing. Please refer to the ICI-003 datasheet for resistivity data. ICI-003 inkjet ink may not be cured in a conventional oven and they will dry too significantly to return to NovaCentrix for curing.

ICI-003 printing and curing with the PulseForge

Research references using this method

Passive feed methods for meshed antennas

Inkjet printing and low temperature sintering of CuO and CdS as functional electronic layers and Schottky diodes

Metal-based inkjet inks for printed electronics

Photonic sintering of silver nanoparticles: comparison of experiment and theory

All inkjet printed system for strain measurement

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