Publication NumberUS 10507652
Assignees
  • THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
Filing StatusIssued Patent
US PAIR StatusPatented Case
US PAIR Status Date2019-11-26
Application Number15/921103
AvailabilityUnknown
Filing Date2018-03-14
Publication Date2019-12-17

Abstract

A print head assembly for printing an ink on a substrate having a printing pin member having a tip; a wetting system having an ink reservoir, the wetting system being configured to transfer ink from the ink reservoir to the tip of the printing pin member; and a charging system operably coupled to the printing pin member, the charging system configured to apply a high voltage charge to the printing pin member resulting in the ink on the tip of the printing pin member to be deposited upon the substrate.

Claims

  • 1. A print head assembly for printing an ink on a substrate, the print head assembly comprising: a printing pin member having a tip; a wetting system separate from the printing pin member, the wetting system having an ink reservoir; and a charging system operably coupled to the printing pin member, the charging system configured to apply a voltage charge to the printing pin member to electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink from the wetting system to the printing pin member.
  • 2. The print head assembly according to claim 1, further comprising: a pin cleaning system configured to clean ink from the printing pin member.
  • 3. The print head assembly according to claim 2 wherein the pin cleaning system comprises a sponge member surrounding the printing pin member, the sponge member configured to carry a solvent, and a mechanical system operably coupled to the sponge member to move the sponge member in contact with and relative to the printing pin member.
  • 4. The print head assembly according to claim 2 wherein the pin cleaning system comprises an ultrasonic cleaning system.
  • 5. The print head assembly according to claim 1 wherein the ink reservoir of the wetting system comprises an open end, the open end configured to form an ink meniscus such that the tip physically contacts the ink meniscus.
  • 6. The print head assembly according to claim 1 wherein the charging system is operably coupled to the printing pin member and the wetting system, the charging system configured to apply a voltage charge to at least one of the printing pin member and the wetting system to electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink from the wetting system to the printing pin member.
  • 7. The print head assembly according to claim 1 wherein the ink reservoir of the wetting system comprises an open end and an extension pin member coaxially disposed within the ink reservoir, the extension pin member being selectively actuated to extend beyond the open end and electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink to the printing pin member.
  • 8. The print head assembly according to claim 1 wherein the charging system is operably coupled to the printing pin member and the wetting system, the charging system configured to apply a voltage charge to the printing pin member and the wetting system to electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink from the wetting system to the printing pin member.
  • 9. A print head assembly for printing an ink on a substrate, the print head assembly comprising: a printing pin member having a tip; a wetting system having an ink reservoir, the wetting system being configured to transfer ink from the ink reservoir to the tip of the printing pin member; and a charging system operably coupled to the printing pin member, the charging system configured to apply a high voltage charge to the printing pin member, wherein the ink reservoir of the wetting system comprises an open end and an extension pin member coaxially disposed within the ink reservoir, the extension pin member being selectively actuated to extend beyond the open end and electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink to the printing pin member.
  • 10. The print head assembly according to claim 9, further comprising: a pin cleaning system configured to clean ink from the printing pin member.
  • 11. The print head assembly according to claim 10 wherein the pin cleaning system comprises a sponge member surrounding the printing pin member, the sponge member configured to carry a solvent, and a mechanical system operably coupled to the sponge member to move the sponge member in contact with and relative to the printing pin member.
  • 12. The print head assembly according to claim 10 wherein the pin cleaning system comprises an ultrasonic cleaning system.
  • 13. The print head assembly according to claim 9 wherein the charging system is operably coupled to the printing pin member and the wetting system, the charging system configured to apply a high voltage charge to the printing pin member.
  • 14. The print head assembly according to claim 9 wherein the charging system is operably coupled to the printing pin member and the wetting system, the charging system configured to apply a high voltage charge to the printing pin member and the wetting system to electro-hydrodynamically transfer ink from the wetting system to the printing pin member.

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