[Lab] Chemistry help: moding Inkjet Printers

Darcy Whyte darcy at siteware.com
Mon May 27 16:24:47 EDT 2013

and don't stay married to the inkjet either...

Darcy Whyte

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On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 4:07 PM, Jason Cobill <jason.cobill at gmail.com>wrote:

> Don't let people get you down, I think you have something there.
> Here's an idea: Instead of perfecting the ink, instead modify the paper.
> Dead trees are tough stuff to dissolve, and aren't even that great as
> stencils. It soaks up paint and falls apart after a few uses. Why not use
> metal foil or a plastic (or sugar) sheet or something, and then print
> readily available water (or some kind of solvent) onto it? That way you end
> up with a way more robust stencilling template, and you can work with
> chemicals that aren't scary organic dissolvers.
> Another option: Print out onto regular paper, but cut the stencil in a
> two-stage process. Maybe you print phosphors onto the paper, and then warm
> it in a toaster oven to burn through the stencil. Or you print something
> onto plastic and freeze + shatter the stencil. (This doesn't sound really
> safe...)
> In my imagination, I can't see past the silkscreening process - maybe you
> run silkscreen-emulsion coated fabric through your printer and print
> something on it that blocks light (sunscreen!) - then expose it to sun/UV.
> The printed area doesn't set, and washes off leaving a fabric stencil.
> On Mon, May 27, 2013 at 3:43 PM, Stephane Beauchamp-Kiss <
> stephane.beauchampkiss at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Good afternoon all,
>> I'm wondering if there's any members out there with a background in
>> chemistry who would be interested in exploring an idea/project with
>> me:
>> I have used laser cutting in the past to create stencils for various
>> art projects. This is definitely a popular application of this
>> technology (silkscreening/art/signs). However, I have found several
>> disadvantages: laser cutters aren't readily available, they are
>> expensive to own privately (especially in larger sizes), the cost of
>> services such as ponoko.com is still high, designs need to be vector
>> graphics, and there are limitations to the level of detail of the
>> design.
>> My idea: using standard inkjet printers/plotters to create stencils.
>> The idea would be to add a chemical to the ink in an inkjet cartridge,
>> such that it reacts with cellulose in the paper and dissolves it into
>> a relatively safe/environmentally friendly gas. NMMO is a chemical
>> that appear promising; it is used in industry for dissolving cellulose
>> and has a history of use as an additive to inkjet ink to increase the
>> intensity of colors on paper; in larger concentrations it may dissolve
>> the paper (though it may turn it into a liquid goop). Another
>> alternative is an paper pre-treatment that would react with another
>> chemical added to the inket cartridge. I recognize the dangers and
>> obstacles associated with this project. I have a safe, controlled area
>> in my home in Westboro to work on this project.
>> What I'm looking for is a partner in crime with some chemistry
>> background who would be interested in meeting and exploring this idea
>> with me. The long term goal is to develop/market a home DIY stenciling
>> kit for inkjet printers.
>> I welcome any comments on this projects, even critisism. To be honest,
>> I have received a fair bit already and I am aware that there may
>> simply be too many obstacles to make this one fly. Doesn't mean I
>> won't try ;)
>> Cheers!
>>     Stephane Arthur Kiss, M.A.Sc
>>     Producer: Art, Music, Design
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