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Ink Lab

The Ink lab includes state-of-the-art printing (inkjet, gravure, flexo, screen, 3D) and coating (spray, blade) techniques as well as equipment for advanced ink characterization.


For access to the lab, or for any general training, please contact the lab leader Dr Panagiotis Karagiannidis, or their deputy Dr Stephen Hodge For training on any of the equipment, please contact the Principal User or their deputy for the listed equipment.

While there is a range of devices in the Ink Laboratory, several of them require booking before use. The booking system can be found here.


Discovery Hybrid Rheometer HR-1

Principal User: Tian Carey

The Discovery Hybrid Rheometer is a rotational rheometer which uses the parallel plate method to measure the viscosity and viscoelastic properties of liquids or soft solids.

Testacolor 171

Principal User: Lucia Lombardi

The testacolor 171 is an advanced printing system which enables the accurate single and multilayer printing of functional inks on flexible substrates. It includes exchangeable modules for gravure, flexo, screen printing.

Ceradrop Super-Inkjet Printer X-Serie

Principal User: Dr Bongjun Kim
Deputy: Lucia Lombardi


CeraPrinter X-Serie is a TurnKey Materials Deposition Inkjet tool for process development in Printed Electronics and Smart 3D Printing. Thanks to its patented rotative head-holder “plug and play”, full curing area, in-situ characterisation devices and exclusive software suite, CeraPrinter X-Serie is a perfect “all inclusive” tool to enable advanced inkjet process development.

Substrate up to 305 mm x 305 mm with thickness up to 10mm
High accuracy five axis with motorised adjustable printing resolution, substrate alignment (+/-2 µm) and nozzles self calibration (< +/-3 µm)
Up to three different print-heads (more on request) to deposit aqueous, biologic, solvent and UV based inks
Able to print in Raster-Scan Mode (X or Y), Vector Mode (XY) and Single Pass (X or Y)

Climatic Chamber

Principal User: Dr Stephen Hodge


Principal User: Dr Antonio Lombardo
Deputy: Dr Ilya Goykhman

Contact angle

Principal User: Tian Carey

Dimatix inkjet printer

Principal User:
Deputy: Lucia Lombardi


Principal User: Dr Stephen Hodge

FDM 3D printer - CubeX Duo

Principal User: Dr Stephen Hodge

Flexo printer

Principal User: Lucia Lombardi

Gas characterisation system

Principal User: Dr Stephen Hodge

Inkjet 3D printer - Project 3500

Principal User: Dr Stephen Hodge

Mechanical Saw

Principal User: Dr Antonio Lombardo

Nikon large sample microscope

Principal User: Dr Panagiotis Karagiannidis

Ozone Cleaner

Principal User: Dr Panagiotis Karagiannidis
Deputy: Dr Stephen Hodge

Screen printer

Principal User: Dr Panagiotis Karagiannidis

SCS spray coater

Principal User: Tian Carey

Sonoplotter - GIX Microplotter

Principal User: Flavia Tomarchio


When in the Ink laboratory, please follow the local rules, downloadable here.


Photos by Samuel Curtis Photography