Inkjet Automation for Random Printing of Multifunctional Camouflage Theater Patterns
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AbstractThe purpose of the proposed Air Force SBIR Phase I program is to develop an automated inkjet based process for generation of random camouflage theater pattern appliqués for composite tactical shelters. Complex 2-D patterns will be fabricated via a set of computer generated graphics instructions, which can be rapidly changed "on the fly" during printing to implement pattern randomization. Inkjet printing in this manner provides an inexpensive route to precisely control pigment deposition and patterning tolerances, resulting in an automation process that minimizes environmental waste and provides significant cost and time benefits. Additionally, inkjet printing provides a method to incorporate novel ink formulations for multifunctional camouflaging, such as electrically conductive inks to provide electromagnetic shielding and thermal management inks to allow emission reduction. NanoSonic will work with large systems integrators to address specific requirements for DoD applications.
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