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A continuous inkjet printer in which a continuous ink stream is deflected at the printhead nozzle bore without the need for charged deflection plates or tunnels. The printhead includes a primary ink delivery channel which delivers a primary flow of pressurized ink through an ink staging chamber to the nozzle bore to create an undeflected ink stream from the printhead. A secondary ink delivery channel adjacent to the primary channel is controlled by a thermally actuated valve to selectively create a lateral flow of pressurized ink into the primary flow thereby causing the emitted ink stream to deflect in a direction opposite to the direction from which the secondary ink stream impinges the primary ink stream in the ink staging chamber. A method of fabricating the printhead includes layering of the thermally actuated valve over the secondary ink delivery channel formed in a silicon substrate and creating the ink staging chamber over the delivery channels with sacrificial material which is later removed through the nozzle bore etched into the chamber wall formed over the sacrificial material.

Title
Continuous ink jet printer with micro-valve deflection mechanism and method of controlling same
Application Number
9/468987
Publication Number
6474795 (B1)
Application Date
December 21, 1999
Publication Date
November 5, 2002
Inventor
David P Trauernicht
Rochester
NY, US
Christopher N Delametter
Rochester
NY, US
John A Lebens
Rush
NY, US
Agent
Roland R Schindler II
US
Francis H Boos Jr
US
Assignee
Eastman Kodak Company
NY, US
IPC
B41J 2/105
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