An international printing technology and components company is using the Australian Synchrotron to support its quality control, product design and fabrication activities.

Memjet’s Australian operations in Sydney produce and export a unique printing head capable of extremely high throughput. The product of years of Australian research, the printhead uses more than 70,000 micro-nozzles to dramatically increase print speed per page. Because the nozzles are so small, quality control is crucial to eliminate even the tiniest contaminant specks.

Memjet is using infrared microscopy at the Australian Synchrotron to identify contaminant particles smaller than the width of a single strand of spider silk so that the company can track down their source and eliminate them from the manufacturing process. The synchrotron is essential because regular infrared microscopes are not powerful enough to detect such miniscule contaminants.

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