Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology

, Volume 8, Issue 1–3, pp 1093–1097

Continuous ink-jet printing using sol-gel “Ceramic” inks

  • A. Atkinson
  • J. Doorbar
  • A. Hudd
  • D. L. Segal
  • P. J. White
Article

Abstract

Although sol-gel processing is under intense world-wide investigation, the vast majority of interest in this technique is concerned with synthesis of engineering ceramics. Sol-gel has not been widely applied to the preparation of materials for use in conventional ceramics, such as tiles and tableware. This paper describes a novel application of aqueous sol-gel processing in which sol-gel based inks are used to decorate ceramic articles by continuous ink-jet printing. These inks contain major components of the colour for ceramic decoration in the form of a colloidal aqueous sol which dries to a gel after printing and is then converted to the coloured decoration on firing. The ink can be printed directly onto the ceramic, or printed onto paper and applied as a gel transfer. The key properties in formulating the inks are addressed and experiments are described that demonstrate this process. Its potential advantages over conventional decorating methods are discussed.

Keywords

aqueous sol-gel ceramic decoration ink-jet printing ceramic pigments ceramic coatings 

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Atkinson
    • 1
  • J. Doorbar
    • 2
  • A. Hudd
    • 3
  • D. L. Segal
    • 1
  • P. J. White
    • 4
  1. 1.AEA TechnologyDidcotUK
  2. 2.H&R Johnson Tiles Ltd.Stoke-on-TrentUK
  3. 3.Domino Amjet Ltd.CambridgeUK
  4. 4.Portmeirion Potteries Ltd.Stoke-on-TrentUK
  5. 5.Department of MaterialsImperial CollegeLondonUK

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