Hacking the Xaar 128 printhead

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yeswanthnag
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I have some km heads and controlling boards.will hook up to a scope and try to get some traces.
Yams
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Hi all, I've been working with aengel on the Xaar system using kyle's code and we noticed that in his code after the power up sequence has finished, he has a delay put in for 1000 ms. Does anyone know if this delay can be shortened or even taken out completely or is it necessary to protect the Xaar head?
davidk
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I don't remember respecting this delay. However, please use lower high voltage, I run with 24...28V since february last year. I believe the voltage must be adjusted accordig to the ink viscosity.
mrino
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Wonko wrote: Sun May 15, 2016 8:26 pm The nozzles were clogged from the solvent ink that I was using. I bought an ultrasonic cleaner yesterday which works miracles. I also ordered some UV curing ink from China to try exactly that. Next week's goal will be to mount the head in an XYZ-axis machine so I can print layers. UV ink s perfect for masking PCB's, and with XYZ-axes, etch-resist should be no problem.

The head is somewhat expensive at 200 Euros, but it is extremely versatile and does not heat up the fluid at all. I have pretty detailed descriptions on the Epson heads (also a Piezo head), which are starting at 100 Euros for 5 colors if you rip them out of a cheap printer, but controlling them is a few levels harder.

It's really great to see the HP progress. I'll keep you posted. Can't wait to get powder and jet 3D printing to work ;-)
What cleaning agent did you use with the ultrasonic cleaner? Does IPA work?
aengel
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Gentle ultrasonic cleaning will clean the printhead. I have read that excessive ultrasonic energy can damage a head.

There is an Ebay seller in Lafayette Louisiana who cleans heads for less than USD$100 each. This company did a couple for me and they turned out great.

Xaar authorizes a number of companies who formulate flushes and cleaners for Xaar heads. I have used them from Kansas City's very own Nazdar and it works great, as do Xaar authorized products from Squid. Both are available online for less than USD$40 per liter, not including freight or hazmat fees.

The problem with ISA is that it only solubilizes some polymers, whereas a number of the Xaar inks have polymers like polyamides, celluloses, etc. which are not readily solubilized by ISA.
Wonko
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mrino wrote: Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:12 am What cleaning agent did you use with the ultrasonic cleaner? Does IPA work?
I used the cleaner that came with the oil based ink that I ordered.
BlueTurtle
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Hey all I have two Xaar 128 Wetting printheads for sale. I bought the wrong version. I can ship USA or Canada, 210$ each
mrino
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Re: Hacking the Xaar 128 printhead

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Hi all,

I have been trying to print using the XAAR 128 for some time now, but I can't get all the nozzles to print. The data is being sent correctly and electrically everything seems fine. I have flushed the print head several times and the problem persists. I have attached pictures of the setup and the resulting print when all nozzles are activated. I have tried adjusting the ink level relative to the printhead, but there is not much difference regardless of the level. Do you think this is a pressure problem or something else ink related or are some of my nozzles just broken?

Note: The prints are wavy because I'm moving the substrate with my hand.

I would appreciate your help.
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aengel
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The inkjet manual specifies that the ink bottle should be placed no lower than 2 cm below the inkjet head for Passive gravity-fed systems
aengel
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The inkjet manual specifies that the ink bottle should be placed no lower than 2 cm below the inkjet head for Passive gravity-fed systems. The air Inlet to the ink bottle needs a 5 micron filter and the ink hose needs a 0.5 micron filter or better
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