Reactive inkjet printing of polyethylene glycol and isocyanate based inks to create porous polyurethane structures
Reactive inkjet printing offers a direct way to create polymeric structures in situ on a substrate. Therefore, two component polyurethane formulations can be utilized to be used in multicomponent inkjet printing. In this contribution, the use of polyethylene glycol (M = 200 g mol−1), glycerol ethoxylate (M = 1,000 g mol−1), and water (blowing agent) in combination with aliphatic 1,6-hexamethylene diisocyanate or aromatic methylene diphenyl diisocyanate for reactive inkjet printing is evaluated. The inks are jettable on a Dimatix DMP-3000 inkjet printer using a 10 pL piezo driven drop-on-demand printhead showing stable droplet formation. Solid films on glass are formed using a drop-by-drop printing strategy. Layer-by-Layer strategy gives best results on polycarbonate substrates forming porous polyurethane structures.