Re: [OVC-discuss] New printer technology for real?

From: Greg Christopher <stork_at_electronify_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 17:58:07 CST

On Nov 29, 2007, at 9:19 AM, Alan Dechert wrote:

> More details here:
>
> http://texyt.com/Is+Silverbrook+high+speed+Memjet+printer+real

Interesting!

Looks like they have some solutions to some of the problems we were
brainstorming about here. Still, I think it's too early to adopt.

Remember when we throught inkjets were cheap? Then we found out how
much the ink cost.

I really like the fact that they have technology to address failed
nozzels, etc. However, the last thing we want for a reliable COTS
system is bleeding edge. If we can find a printer that does the job
cheaply and reliably and fast enough, we should use that.

And truthfully, I can't imagine that the software would be married to
the printing technology. Note that the web site talks only about GDI
drivers. That means if you want to go with linux or some other base
system (or even an OS-less system as some have advocated) you may
have a long road to walk to get this printer working.

Greg
p.s. Regardless, I'm buying one as soon as they come out. That stuff
is cool!!!
p.p.s some discussion on mean time between failures with previous
technology that doesn't have the error correction stuff is included
below.

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Okidata did something similar with their LED head.
Instead of a spinning mirror spreading a modulated
laser beam across the photoreceptor, they had a
long bar of miniature LEDs at 300/inch. That sounds
cheaper, until you calculate the throw-away rate
for the diodes that were DOA. Etc.

Dennis

From: Greg Christopher [mailto:gchristo@adobe.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2007 12:21 PM
To: Dennis
Subject: Re: Have you seen this?

I am almost of the mind that the back and forth thing would be less
reliable than the print head, but history has proved that wrong. :)

Greg

On Nov 29, 2007, at 9:32 AM, Dennis wrote:
Interesting. Wonder what the MTBF is for a print
head with that many nozzles.

Dennis

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