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Inkjet printers are attractive tools for printing text and images because they combine low cost and high resolution with acceptable speed. Designers can vary several parameters to modify a printer’s performance. Simulations can be useful to improve the understanding of the fluid flow and to predict the optimal design of an inkjet for a specific application.

Although initially invented to produce images on paper, the inkjet technique has since been adopted for other application areas. Instruments for the precise deposition of microdroplets often employ inkjets. These instruments are used within the life sciences for diagnosis, analysis, and drug discovery. Inkjets have also been used as 3D printers to synthesize tissue from cells and to manufacture microelectronics.

This example demonstrates how to model the fluid flow within an inkjet using the Laminar Two-Phase Flow, Level Set interface.