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It'll be like having 1000 Johann Gutenbergs every minute! (image from the University of Houston)
Yes, we're gonna have to go right to ludicrous speed... when printing

The printing press, perhaps the greatest invention by modern man, could be taking another leap. A pair of engineers from the College of Judea and Samaria in Israel published their research in a recent edition of the Applied Physics Letters, which details an ink jet print head capable of printing ~1000 pages per minute.

Researchers Moshe Einat and Nissim Einat have designed a print head called JeTrix that is conceptually similar to that of a LCD monitor. The printer head features micro-reservoirs of ink, and each reservoir is responsible for an element on the page, just like how each pixel is represented on an LCD monitor. Traditional ink-jet heads need to move back and forth across paper, but this new concept enlarges the print head to the cover the entire sheet. This allows a page to be printed in just one process, which explains the remarkable printing speed.

This isn’t some idea cooked up in the heads of a couple mad scientists - Moshe Einat and Nissim Einat have already experimented with a 57600 nozzle matrix print head and achieved good results as proof of their design. The implications of JeTrix mean more than just improved printer technology; it could also lead to new ways of gathering and spreading information.

“The future applications of JeTrix will be traditional, such as extremely high-speed printers for industry, offices, and homes. But we also anticipate brand-new, pioneering applications. One example is in-store book printing – where the book is printed instantly for the customer. This could enable small bookshops or even airport kiosks to carry a huge variety of books. There's also personalization – newspapers or journals printed with a customer's name, favorite topics, and suitable advertisements,” Moshe Einat told

With additional funding and R&D, the researchers behind this technology believe that commercial products based on the JeTrix printing head could be available in two years.

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Libraries and Classrooms
By kristof007 on 9/23/2006 1:35:09 PM , Rating: 2
That sounds like something really useful. Just imagine not waiting in line at the libraries and stuff. Also classrooms won't need like 10 printers per room. Just one of these puppies will be fast enough for way more than a classroom.

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By f1sh3r on 9/23/2006 1:40:35 PM , Rating: 3
if everyone in the library is printing to one printer think about sorting through an entire stack of papers to find yours. i dont like sorting through 5 peoples printouts to find mine.

/not fun, im lazy

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By jimeco on 9/23/2006 3:08:33 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe a printer with multiple output trays and an intelligent management system could do it. Depending on the source it would route the printed pages to a different tray And then show a message on the screen to tell you which one.

I should get a patent for this!

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By Esquire on 9/23/2006 3:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
go quick on that..... good call i thought the same thing we can share it.

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By Korvon on 9/25/2006 11:33:35 AM , Rating: 2
Those have been around for years. Sorry guys. :)

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By jconan on 9/24/2006 4:20:40 AM , Rating: 1
if people aren't careful more trees will be sacrificed because of careless printing or impulse

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By JonB on 9/24/2006 9:07:22 AM , Rating: 2
Don't worry so much about the paper and trees. As long as the paper isn't burned for disposal, then the use of paper is sequestering CO2. Trees are renewable. Now, if you don't want to sacrifice trees because it "kills" them, I can't help you there.

RE: Libraries and Classrooms
By Bonesdad on 9/24/2006 3:00:02 PM , Rating: 2
doesn't need to burn to release CO2...all it needs to do is in a landfill.

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