Charge Voltage Switching Test

A project log for CIJ Printer

An Open Source Continuous Inkjet Printer

dominik-meffertDominik Meffert 04/19/2023 at 10:410 Comments

To prove that the 312V charging voltage can be switched, I used an IRFP460 MOSFET for shorting the charge voltage to ground, which turns the charging off.

The charging voltage is already current-limited by a 100k ohm resistor on its output, so shorting it to ground is not a problem.

Now, I can try to apply some signal to the charge electrode and try to measure something on the phase detector next.

While with a single MOSFET, it's only possible to send a square wave to the charge electrode, I will ultimately need a sine wave that has the same frequency as the signal that is sent to the piezo.

Next, I will try to measure a signal with the square wave and if that doesn't work I will try to build a "sine wave driver circuit" and try again.


I figured out that the phase testing signal is not a sine wave, but a burst of 16 pulses which cover 0 to 360 degree in 22,5 degree steps of the piezo signal's sine wave...

More about it in the next build log.