Anyone with a colour printer knows that selling replacement ink cartridges is the quickest way to become a millionaire. But what if your printer never needed a single drop of ink to produce colour images at impossibly high resolutions? A new laser printer can already do that by etching microscopic patterns onto sheets of plastic.
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We're slowing getting closer to that long-standing goal of paperless offices (and home offices), but, unfortunately, we're not there yet — and if you've got a printer or two installed at home the costs can quickly rack up. Yet with a little time and some effort you can drive the costs down while still churning out page after page of Google Maps directions or FedEx shipping labels.
Video: The iconic buses in London are red, big-arse double-deckers that use roller blinds to show the destination stop rather than the typical LED display. I think the blinds look a lot better than the digital displays. Here's how McKenna Brothers makes them, from the cutting of the letters, to the making of the negative, to the actual printing process, to the rolling into the display unit, and everything in between. It's a really fun (and very involved) process to see.
Considering printer ink costs more than booze and even human blood, it's no surprise everyone's on the hunt for a cheaper alternative. And that includes researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology who've created an inkless printer that works by perforating special paper with thousands of microscopic holes.
Robotic arms have been around for years, 3D printers have been around for decades, and we've even seen 3D printers attached to robotic arms before. But this... is different.
While the family album used to be a staple of any household, we live in a time when most people's photos remain in their digital form, forever and for always. Even the word printing conjures a fading era of physicality. Then you watch a video like this and are instantly reminded of the very human act of looking at ink on a page.
Not satisfied with just revealing a printer, HP has also launched a new type of device that combines a computer, projector and scanner into one machine called Sprout. This computer is something that HP pulled from its "experimental" department.
There are lots of ways to put ink on paper, so why not use a goddamn steamroller over pavement to make a massive letterpress print? At San Francisco's Roadworks Festival, an old-timey industrial construction beast from 1924 that's since been spiffed and shined made literal street art. And it was awesome.
If you could go online, select a home, print the plans for free and build it yourself for less than $US80,000 in a few days, would you? That's the dream behind WikiHouse, an open source home design project that just finished construction of its fourth prototype, a two-storey home that snaps together in just a few days.
When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that involves printing only simple wireframe models should expedite the earliest stages of prototyping a new product.