Re: New printer technology for real?

From: Edward Cherlin <echerlin_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Thu Nov 29 2007 - 21:37:06 CST

On Nov 29, 2007 12:34 AM, Alan Dechert <dechert@gmail.com> wrote:
> These pages show some amazing inkjet printing technology --
> revolutionary, cheap, fast. This could make the Electronic Ballot
> Printer EBP idea more attractive.
>
> Any idea if this is for real?

Yes. It's for real, with products expected in the market in 2009.
Tests of print quality and drying time will be needed for many
applications, but for us neither is a significant issue.

At a printer conference that I covered for a market research publisher
more than 12 years ago, HP showed a full-page-width printhead with
comparable printing speed, but it was unable to solve the drying
problem. Using the ink drop sizes of the time, the paper ended up
soaked with more water than during the manufacturing process. These
people say that their 1-2 picoliter drops evaporate in 1 second.

The fact that this printer technology is for real does not in itself
mean that it will succeed in the market. Dozens, maybe hundreds of
printer technologies that worked have come and gone because they did
not find their niches (too expensive, too slow, uneven quality,
maintenance issues, in comparison with the alternatives), or because
they were soon superseded. Electro-erosion printing on aluminized
paper springs to mind. Low-cost 300 dpi dye sublimation printers using
cheap fax printheads almost worked, but their chosen market segment
demanded better quality.

> http://www.gizmag.com/go/7031/
>
> http://www.memjet.com
>
> Most articles about this are from earlier this year. The company says
> they don't intend to market printers but license the technology to
> printer manufacturers.
>
> Alan D.
>
>
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