In order to achieve high print quality, it is important to not only look at inkjet drops in flight, but also the drops interacting with the substrate. The JetXpert Surface Add-On helps to visualize the critical moment of impact to identify phenomena such as splashing or spreading. This is not a contact angle measurement tool — these are actual-size, jetted drops in a simulated print environment. This enables the user to optimize ink formulations and substrates for a particular application, leading to the best prints possible.
Surface is compatible with a range of substrates — from rigid, transparent materials to flexible, opaque materials — so use it to test a wide variety of alternative ink and substrate combinations. You can even look at printed drops at different times, to compare the spread of a drop just after impact to one that landed seconds before. Switching between printheads is not a problem, and neither is attaching or removing the Surface from your JetXpert as your testing changes.