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When you are printing your images, you want to see the results quickly, but you certainly don’t want a rapid print to compromise the finished product – quality should never be subject to speed. While high speed demands getting lots of droplets onto the page quickly, high quality requires extremely small droplets with very accurate placement and form (shape) on the page – one can imagine that it can be hard to reconcile both. However, with Canon’s FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) technology you get the best of both worlds: speed and quality. Here is a quick look at FINE technology, so when you purchase your latest model PIXMA printer, you know exactly what lies under the cover.

Achieving speed and quality demands 4 things from a print head: high-precision microscopic nozzles, a huge number of nozzles that are placed at high density and a long overall print head. These are the 4 vital components of a FINE print head.

High-precision microscopic nozzles
Using a special manufacturing process called photolithography, all components of FINE print heads are formed integrally. This essentially means that the nozzles can be made smaller and to a higher level of internal precision, as well as being packed more densely onto the print head. Photolithography uses exposure and etching processes to engineer all print head components. The diameter of the ink ejection opening is made much smaller, and the distance between the ink port and the ejector is minimised to diminish fluid resistance. A combination of tiny ejection openings and low fluid resistance means that smaller droplets can be created, reducing image grain in printed photos.