Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Memjet Printers - The New Printing Technology to Revolutionize Fast Color Printing

When talking about speed in printing, laser printers are the norm. Not for long, with the latest innovation in printing technology - memjet printers.

Memjet printers utilize a stationary print head the size of a regular document containing 70,000 microscopic nozzles where ink will be released. This design of the print head is made possible by MEMS technology.

Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, or MEMS, is a technology that in its most general form can be defined as miniaturized mechanical and electro-mechanical elements that are made using the techniques of microfabrication. -Source

The memjet printer is said to be capable of printing a full color page in one second.

Memjet, also the name of the company that owns this printing technology, has announced its partnership with Lenovo to create the world's fastest color office printer.

The memjet printer was showcased in the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here's a demo of the memjet printer during CES 2011.

With such thousand of micro-nozzles, it would seem that this kind of printer will be ink-hungry. But Len Lauer, Memjet CEO, assured that the ink this printer will used will be just as affordable, about 5 cent per page.

If you ask me, it's like inkjet printer in laser-printer speed. I'm praying that the inks will really be cheap. Projected prize range of a memjet printer unit that will be released this year is $500 - $600.

And if not? Well, I just hope that a compatible or remanufactured inkjet cartridge may also be developed. For now, those who really need speed in printing should choose efficient and reliable laser printers and use cheap & affordable but top-quality remanufactured laser toner cartridges.

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