Amazing Unknown Facts About Printers:
- Fuser rollers get up to about 401 degrees Fahrenheit! Fuser rollers are the two cylinders that heat up to adhere the toner to the page. Yes, they get very hot–but the paper moves through quickly enough to not get burned.
- Toner doesn’t need much heat to melt. Funny, huh? Even though the rollers get so hot, you could probably melt the toner with just some warm water. So if you spill some toner on yourself, be sure to use cold water to get it out!
- About a gallon of oil is used to make one printer cartridge. We don’t use a gallon of oil in a cartridge. However, when we take into account the transportation and the process of manufacturing a cartridge, it equals about one gallon!
- Laser printers use more energy than your computer. Your printer is smaller, yes, but that doesn’t mean it uses less energy! A laser printer uses three times more power than a desktop computer while both are being used. However, when a printer isn’t in use, the desktop uses about five times more power than the printer.
- The world’s smallest printer is 2 x 2 x 11 inches. This is known as the PrintStik, and it’s made by Planon. At a meager 1.5 pounds, it’s quite portable. It’s a Bluetooth printer and it can hold up to 20 sheets of paper at a time!
- The world’s largest printer is almost 40 x 164 feet. This printer is known as Infinitus and is made by Big Image Systems. It can print an image up to almost 2,000 square feet! This printer is used for printing backdrops for TV shows, movies, and theatre productions.
- The fastest printers in the world can print 150 pages in a minute. RISO makes these printers, and did we mention that those are color prints? To put that into perspective, most printers today pop out color sheets at a rate of 15 to 30 sheets per minute.
- Three-dimensional printers can print food. Yes, they can print edible food! This is the printing of the future, and experts predict that most people will have them once the technology is solidified. These printers can also make things like jewelry and clothes, all the way to houses and artificial prosthetics.
- We have too many ink cartridges. If all of the world’s empty ink cartridges from one year were placed end-to-end, it would circle the earth three times!
- Ink is expensive! The retail cost of just black printer ink makes it one of the most expensive liquids in the world! It costs way more than oil, and even space shuttle fuel when compared by the gallon. It’s estimated that one gallon of printer ink currently costs around $2,700!
What is Printer ?
a machine that prints out information from a computer onto paper
Who invented printer?
Goldsmith and inventor Johannes Gutenberg was a political exile from Mainz, Germany when he began experimenting with printing in Strasbourg, France in 1440. He returned to Mainz several years later and by 1450, had a printing machine perfected and ready to use commercially: The Gutenberg press.
When was the printer invented?
Charles Babbage designed the first mechanical printer in the 1800s, for use with the Difference Engine that he also developed in 1822. The typewriter was considered a precursor to printers and keyboards, was invented by Christopher Sholes in 1868. The first high-speed printer was developed by Remington-Rand in 1953.
Who is the most famous for printer in history?
Gutenberg was a German craftsman and inventor, and he is best known for the Gutenberg press, an innovative printing press machine that used movable type. It remained the standard until the 20th century.
What did printers do in Colonial times?
What did Printers do? Colonial printers printed books, newspapers, pamphlets and other publications. Their shops sometimes served as mail centers as well. Printers who printed newspapers bought their paper from a paper mill and made the ink in their shops.
Why is printing so important?
In the 15th century, an innovation enabled people to share knowledge more quickly and widely. Civilization never looked back. Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and the invention of the mechanical movable type printing press helped disseminate knowledge wider and faster than ever before.
What is the history of printers?
History of printers
Knowledge is power, as the saying goes, and the invention of the mechanical movable type printing press helped disseminate knowledge wider and faster than ever before.
German goldsmith Johannes Gutenberg is credited with inventing the printing press around 1436, although he was far from the first to automate the book-printing process. Woodblock printing in China dates back to the 9th century and Korean bookmakers were printing with moveable metal type a century before Gutenberg.
|1837||Charles Babbage designed the first mechanical printer in the 1800s, for use with the Difference Engine that he also developed in 1822.|
|1868||The typewriter was considered a precursor to printers and keyboards, was invented by Christopher Sholes in 1868.|
|1953||The first high-speed printer was developed by Remington-Rand in 1953. It was designed to be used with the UNIVAC computer.|
|1957||IBM developed and marketed the first dot matrix printer in 1957.|
|1968||Shinshu Seiki Co., which later became Epson, developed the first electronic mini-printer in 1968.|
|1970||The first dot matrix impact printer was developed by Centronics in 1970.|
|1971||Gary Starkweather, while working at Xerox, developed the first laser printer by modifying a Xerox model 7000 copier. Development on the laser printer was completed in 1971.|
|1972||The first thermal printers became available on the market around 1972, designed for use with portable machines and in retail stores.|
|1976||The first inkjet printer was developed by Hewlett-Packard in 1976. However, inkjet printers do not gain popularity until the mid-1980s.|
|1976||IBM introduced the IBM 3800 Printing System, the first high-speed laser printer, in 1976.|
|1977||Siemens developed the first DOD (drop-on-demand) inkjet printer in 1977. The DOD printer sprays ink where it is needed on the piece of paper.|
|1979||Canon introduced the LBP-10, the first semiconductor laser beam printer and their first printer unit.|
|1984||Hewlett-Packard introduced their first laser printer, the HP LaserJet, in 1984. The same year, Hewlett-Packard introduced the first thermal inkjet printer, the HP ThinkJet.|
|1988||The HP DeskJet inkjet printer was introduced by Hewlett-Packard in 1988 and sold for $1000. It was considered the first mass-marketed inkjet printer and became a very popular and widely used series of printers.|
|1988||Many modern 3D printers use a technology called FDM (fused deposition modeling), which was developed and patented by Scott Crump in 1988.|
|1992||Stratasys, Inc. made available their first 3D printer in 1992, which is based on FDM (fused deposition modeling) technology, developed and patented by company co-founder S. Scott Crump.|
|2009||S. Scott Crump’s patent on FDM (fused deposition modeling) expired in 2009, opening the door for an open-source development community, called RepRap, to use the FDM technology. RepRap, with other commercial companies, used FDM to develop new 3D printers.|
How Printing Press Changed the World?
- A Global News Network Was Launched
- Printing Powers the Scientific Revolution
- Fringe Voices Get a Platform
- From Public Opinion to Popular Revolution
- Machines ‘Steal Jobs’ From Workers
What are the types of printers?
Types of printers
Take a look at the guide below to learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of printers on the market, from laser printers to inkjet and everything in between.
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The laser printer was developed by Xerox in the 1960s when the idea of using a laser to draw images onto a copier drum was first considered. Laser printers are still widely used in large offices as they are traditionally more efficient than inkjet printers.
● More cost effective than inkjet printers
● Increases productivity
● High print speed
● Higher paper capacity
● Often expandable with Paper Trays, finishers etc.
● Grows with your business
● May require short ‘warm-up times’
● Larger footprint
● High voltage usage leads to small carbon emissionsSolid Ink Printers
LED printers are similar to laser printers but use a light emitting diode rather than a laser to create images on the print drum or belt. Due to their fewer moving parts – LED printers are often considered more efficient and reliable than laser printers. Our most popular LED printers are produced by OKI.
● Reliable and efficient
● Cheaper to manufacture than laser printers
● Often include free warranty extensions
Business Inkjet Printers
Utilising inkjet technology on a large scale to accommodate the needs of a busy office with heavy reliance on printed output, inkjet printers are enduringly popular due to their reliability and robust nature.
● Capable of producing highly detailed and photo-realistic prints
● Limited warm-up time required
● Small footprint
● Higher cost-per-page than most laser printers
● Wet prints
● Can be less reliable than laser printers
Home Inkjet Printers
Inkjet printers are one of the most common types of printer used in both professional and domestic settings. Developed in the 1950s, inkjet printing technology is still hugely popular today due to its numerous advantages and minimal drawbacks.
● Capable of producing photo-realistic prints
● Practically no warm-up time
● Small footprint
● High running costs (Cost per page)
● Slow print speeds
● Sometimes produce erroneous empty cartridge warnings
● Prone to clogging
● Wet prints
Solid Ink Printers
Solid ink printers utilise a unique form of ink technology, designed to save space and money on packaging. The printers melt solid ink sticks during the printing process – a method which can help produce more vibrant tones.
● Produces vibrant tones
● Made from non-toxic vegetable oils
● Compact design
● Consumables require less storage
● Requires warm-up and cool-down time
● Prints cannot be laminated
Sometimes known as all-in-one printers, multifunction printers are often capable of performing printing, copying, scanning, and faxing tasks. This can simplify the completion of multiple tasks within an office or domestic environment, with no need for more than one unit.
● More cost efficient than buying multiple devices
● More compact than buying multiple devices
● Perform numerous tasks simultaneously
● More power efficient than the implementation of numerous devices
● Can restrict usage time available for larger workgroups.
Dot Matrix Printers
Dot matrix printers are the oldest established type of printers still available on the market. Images and text are drawn out in tiny dots when a print head strikes an ink-soaked cloth against the paper in the required pattern or formation.
● Low initial unit costs
● Low running costs
● Low maintenance costs
● Able to perform in hot and dirty conditions
● Low resolution printed output
One of the most exciting developments in printing technology history, 3D printing is becoming more affordable for professional and domestic users. Modern 3D printers are capable of producing 3D objects and items using high quality resin.
● 3D prints
● Limitless possibilities
● Capacity for full customisation
● High initial costs
● High resin costs
● Still developing technology