This quarter at the University of Washington a group of students (Patrick Hannan, Jared Knutzen, Joy Markham, & Myself – Nicholas C Lewis) produced some documentation on the development of a DIY inkjet printer. This project is attracting a lot of attention and spawning some interesting ideas. There are people talking about adapting it to print on spherical objects, direct etch resist PCBs, 3d powder printer projects, and printing color on plastic parts made with FDM printers.
The goal of this project was to develop a low cost, open source inkjet printer utilizing standard inkjet technology, for personal use. This project was partly in response to the fact that there are no DIY inkjet kits available. There was a kit available from Parallax parallax.com/dl/docs/prod/robo/InkjetKitDocs-v1.0.pdf. This kit is no longer made and the book amazon.com/Inkjet-Applications-Matt-Gilliland/dp/0972015930 that was written to use that kit is now out of print.