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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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RE: Colleges...
By mikeblas on 9/23/2006 3:08:04 PM , Rating: 1
Printers are cheap. One computer can control multiple printers, and send them data concurrently. For $400, I can build a small server; workgroup laser printers are $500 each. For $1400, I've cut your wait time in half and we don't have to wait for new, complicated, intially buggy technology.

RE: Colleges...
By msva124 on 9/23/2006 3:54:54 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry, that would make too much sense.

RE: Colleges...
By zsdersw on 9/23/2006 10:51:23 PM , Rating: 2
Indeed. At work, we buy used HP LaserJet 4050N's for maybe $200. They're tanks.. they just work.. and print fast.

We also still use LaserJet 5N's... and of course LaserJet 4000's. They just don't die.

RE: Colleges...
By alcalde on 9/27/2006 1:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
Cutting the time in half for $1400 isn't even close to achieving 1000 pages per minute, plus the added size, power, heat issues, as well as changing toner and paper in multiple printers.

This invention is really going to change things. Books won't go "out of print" anymore, and you'll be able to get (almost) any book anywhere, like you can now with downloadable music. From a logistics standpoint... imagine Amazon being able to open up regional distribution centers that only receive paper and ink in and can deliver any book in an electronic "inventory" out. Envision next-day or even SAME-DAY delivery of any book to all fifty states, with REDUCED costs due to the lower transportation and eliminated warehousing costs.

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