PiXDRO JETx-M is at the heart of the technology revolution in solder mask application.
The award winning novel inkjet-printed solder mask solution for PCBs (printable circuit board) enables drop-on-demand inkjet printing. The advantages of inkjet-based manufacturing are significant. It avoids costly photo processes, which typically include resist coating, exposure and development steps.
Inkjet printing considerably reduces capital equipment investments, associated labor, floor space, chemicals usage and related handling and disposal costs. Because inkjet is digital and additive, it is highly flexible, thus minimizing manufacturing turn-around time.
Additive and cost-effective solder mask deposition, eliminating photo processes
High flexibility with digital patterning
Environmentally friendly, reducing chemicals and waste
High resolution and registration accuracy
No missing dams, improving yield
No solder mask in holes and vias
Automated drop formation research and quality monitoring
Advanced Drop Analysis (ADA) is an optional software utility for the LP50 inkjet printer that enables fully automated multi-dimensional research of ink drop formation.
This feature allows fast and efficient optimization of jetting performance for specific inks and printheads in order to achieve best printing results on the substrate given. Once an optimal waveform is created, Advanced Drop Analysis also enables that waveform to be validated for different nozzles, printheads and batches of ink, to provide process tracking over time.
ADA makes use of the integrated high-speed dropview camera to analyze drop formation, while varying the jetting settings. The effect of each setting is then visually presented, and the results can be exported to specific printing recipes.
Main features and options
For conversion to inkjet printable format
The Advanced Gerber File Rasterizer for PiXDRO inkjet printers enables conversion of Gerber files to an inkjet bitmap format. The software package supports the printing of masking layers, interconnection circuits, encapsulation coatings and many other applications.
Typically, the conversion of a vector (Gerber) file to a bitmap print file can cause rounding and pixelization errors. The Advanced Gerber File Rasterizer minimizes these errors, and can conserve the minimum feature sizes of the original design. The software package is specifically designed for LP50, IP410 and JETx inkjet printers.
Example of an vector to bitmap error
Main features and options
Software package to quickly define the optimal print settings
Automated Print Optimization (APO) is an optional software module for the PiXDRO LP50 inkjet printer that enables quick and effective definition of the optimal print settings.
APO software is designed for process developers who want to investigate various ink materials and substrates, and who need to define the best print settings to achieve their goals. APO unlocks the full potential of the printer by providing quick access to the various advanced print strategies.
The automated print routine generates a matrix of patterns on a substrate based on the variation of pre-selected input parameters, enabling operators to rapidly find the optimal settings for their application.
Benefits of Automated Print Optimization