Patent Number: 7,819,513

Title: Solid ink stick with multiple axis interlocking

Abstract: An ink stick for use in an ink delivery system of a phase change ink imaging device comprises an ink stick body having first and second opposed ends and the ends are contoured to complement the feed path such that the sticks resist buckling due to feed forces. The ink stick body includes a first interlocking face at the first end and a second interlocking face at the second end. Each interlocking face includes a plurality of bosses and a plurality of boss recesses, the plurality of boss recesses of the first interlocking face are sized and positioned complementary to the plurality of bosses of the second interlocking face, and the plurality of boss recesses of the second interlocking face being sized and positioned complementary to the plurality of bosses of the first interlocking face.

Inventors: Fairchild; Michael Alan (Vancouver, WA)

Assignee: Xerox Corporation

International Classification: B41J 2/175 (20060101); G01D 11/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00