Digital manufacturing enabled by inkjet printing

The iPrint institute is specialized in inkjet technology and digital printing. Our multidisciplinary applied research develops these technologies and widens their field of application through the creation of new processes. iPrint also offers practice-based training courses on inkjet technology.

Research focus areas

iPrint’s research focuses on technological innovation at every step of the digital printing process while also developing specific inkjet applications for a variety of industries.

By focusing on technological innovation, iPrint is enabling the next stage of the digital revolution in industrial production. Every new print head and surface treatment method developed in our laboratories extends and diversifies the field of application of inkjet technology.

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iPrint develops and optimizes digital printing processes for a wide variety of applications, including graphical printing (e.g. direct-to-shape printing, food packaging), printing for electronics (e.g. sensors, multi-functional structures) and biomedical printing (e.g. implants, diagnostic devices, regenerative medicine).

iPrint also specializes in combining inkjet with other digital printing technologies such as direct-ink-writing, valvejet or material extrusion to enable advanced manufacturing capabilities.

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Services

iPrint’s partners benefit from the high-level expertise and experience of our staff and from access to industry-leading infrastructure.

iPrint provides high-quality R&D services in the following areas:

  • Innkjet-related technology consulting
  • Feasibility studies
  • Ink characterization and optimization
  • Surface pre-treatment for improved wettability and adhesion
  • Optimization of printing parameters using drop watching techniques
  • Post-treatment of printed layers
  • Characterization of new print heads
  • Development of new technology

Facilities

To carry out our advanced R&D projects with national and international partners from different sectors, iPrint relies on industry-leading facilities. The institute has more than 20 specialized laboratories and is fully equipped to develop and optimize every aspect of a digital printing process. In addition, we maintain close ties to suppliers of equipment such as print heads and pre/post-treatment units and of materials such as inks and substrates, which allows us to remain at the technological state-of-the-art.

Equipment

Contact

Gioele Balestra
Full Professor UAS/Co-director competence center

Office
MIC_00_057

Phone
+41 26 429 66 27

E-mail
gioele.balestra@hefr.ch

Yoshinori Domae
Co-director competence center

Office
MIC_00_057

Phone
+41 26 429 69 03

E-mail
yoshinori.domae@hefr.ch

Gilbert Gugler
Associate Professor UAS/Co-director competence center

Office
MIC_00_057

Phone
+41 26 429 68 27

E-mail
gilbert.gugler@hefr.ch


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Marly Innovation Center
Route Ancienne Papeterie 180
1723 Marly

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