1,000 Page Per Minute Printer
September 23, 2006 11:21 AM
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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
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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9/23/2006 9:44:34 PM
i think you're missing the point. the idea is that a small device can now print a book (A BOOK) while you wait. buying the latest novel at the airport can now happen at a machine in a kiosk, rather than in a crammed little store with limited selections.
from a marketing standpoint, the article also brings up interesting things like personalized advertising in print-to-order magazines and such.
the speed factor is not just neat because it means we have to wait less for our emails to print out (does anyone even do that anyway?), it is all about opening up new possibilities.
9/24/2006 10:01:57 PM
're missing the point about e-books and e-paper!!! With e-paper and wi-fi, material can be personalised, uploaded or even "pushed" from anywhere at anytime. And, the weight is no more than ONE book, but you can store thousands on it!
KIOSK printing is nonesense, unless you're the old-fashioned sort and want to have your emails printed and bound in your preferred executive leather bound look. LOL.
9/25/2006 7:34:56 PM
I'm all for the internet and whiz-bang new tech, but:
1) E-books are extremely expensive. MUCH more so than conventional books. Paper books will have a place in the market for a long time.
2) Regular books use no batteries -> no recharging.
3) Reading e-books just plain sucks. I've tried to read stuff on my PDA many times and I just can't get into it the way I can on paper.
As soon as someone solves THAT problem... Sweet! Until then, making books easier and cheaper to print = AWESOME.
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