We not only develop inkjet inks for commercially available desktop printers. We are developing inks according to customer's requirements or to current progress in the industry.
One of the latest trends in modern industrial society, often referred to as Industry 4.0, is additive manufacturing. Computer-controlled machines assemble a component from small pieces. This is in contrast to traditional machine manufacturing processes, which are based more on material removal and are therefore subtractive, like hewing a statue from a block of marble. Examples of additive processes are 3D printers, of which many variants already exist and have reached mass production levels, industrial robots and also the traditional "flat" printing processes.
Additive manufacturing is the subject of many research projects at Octopus Fluids GmbH & Co. KG. In line with our company's specifics, the focus is on the development of new types of fluid media that are used as working materials in our customers' machines. For our future, we see the development of technical functions on a molecular level, within various fluids, as the core task of our chemists. Once the function is clear, the transfer of the research results into a formulation, suitable for the corresponding pressure system (piezo, thermo, CIJ, DOD, contact pressure etc.) leads to the next development step.
Below you can see some important development projects that we are currently working on or have worked on.