History Of The Modern Computer Printer

Dot Matrix

Early consumer printers were based on daisy wheel designs, which were very similar to the working mechanism of a typewriter. However, these were slow, and line printers were introduced as a more updated and faster printing alternative. Dot matrix printers could print a combination of both text and images, but the finished quality was low.

The LaserJet

HP launched the LaserJet laser printer in 1984. It was available for a price roughly equivalent to £2,000 which would be considered expensive by today’s standards but was considered a major breakthrough at the time. Apple launched the Laser Writer a year later, and this competition saw prices begin to drop and quality start to increase. Inkjet printers were replacing the now obsolete daisywheel and dot matrix printers and, by 1990, good quality desktop printers were available for under £100. By today’s standards the quality was poor, but leaflets, flyers, and similar paper based designs were being created on desktop computers and printed at home for relatively little outlay.

3D Printing

3D printing may be considered the next evolution in printing, although strictly speaking it is a means of additive manufacturing and not printing. It is also still considered highly specialist and, although home 3D printers are available, the industry has yet to truly blossom.

Today’s Printers

In today’s printer market, the two most commonly used variants are monochrome laser printers and colour inkjet printers:

  • Laser Printers – Monochrome laser printers produce high quality text and graphics by passing a laser over a negatively charged drum. The drum collects electrically charged ink, called toner, and transfers it to the paper, which is then heated in order to create a lasting representation. These devices, which were once considered cutting edge and carried a fittingly high price tag, are not only affordable but are readily available and are commonly found in homes and offices across the world.
  • Inkjet Printers – Epson, HP, and Canon were the frontrunners in developing inkjet printers in the 1970s, and these three manufacturers, along with Brother, are responsible for the production and manufacturing of the majority of this type of printer to this day. Droplets of ink are propelled onto paper or other types of printing media with print quality varying according to the cost and quality of the printer itself. Inexpensive models are available that offer reasonable printing at low costs, while more expensive models can produce high quality and attractive prints but not only do the printers themselves cost more, but so too does each printed page.

 

Caring And Maintaining A 3D Printer

  1. Clean the build plate
    Usually, glue is applied to build a plate to prevent print warping when taking 3D prints. The glue can however end up attracting foreign particles and molten plastic, interfering with the prints because of the irregular surface. Therefore, make a habit of cleaning the plate after each print. You can do this by dipping a clean cloth in warm water and gently wiping the plate.
  2. Choose the right filament for the project
    Filament placement causes printing problems in 3D and you therefore need to be careful how you choose and handle the filament. Before loading the material, unwind spool to check for kinks and knots that can lead to jams. It is also best that you stick to the filament recommended by the printer manufacturer to enjoy a smooth printing experience every time.
  3. Keep the X and Y axis lubricated
    The axis is in continuous motions during the printing process. It moves along printer head and as dust gets deposited on rods the lubrication fades, making the axis stiffer reducing performance in the process. To ensure that the motion is smooth throughout, make sure that you clean the rods off dust and lubricate using oil. You can manually move to check that lubrication is on point before using the printer. The Z axis should also be lubricated with grease or solid lubricant to sustain it.
  4. Ensure the firmware is always updated
    This is very essential especially for businesses that rely on 3D printing. Firmware updates ensure that you have the latest software and printing features so you can achieve high quality productions every time. You can keep up with the latest by checking manufacturer website on a regular basis for any upgrades and update announcements. If you have a printer that is WIFI enabled, then you will enjoy automatic downloads and installations of updates on cloud basis.
  5. Keep the extruder clean
    This is where the filament passes through during the printing process and it is possible for material to wear off leaving particles on the rollers. Such sticky messes can change roller geometry and make any more extrusions improper. It is therefore of importance to make sure that the extruder especially the rollers are clean. A toothbrush can be used for easy cleaning so the extruder functional smoothly and provides the expected quality prints.
  6. Tighten pulley screws
    They can become loose because of vibrations from continuous motions of X and Y axis. They can lead to misaligned system and reduced quality, hence it helps to ensure they remain tight.

Hiring a Business Card Printer

  • Latest Designs – Design of a card that contain business information is the first and the most important aspect. First of all, you need to choose the template that suits the theme of your business. Then you need to decide the layout, whether it will be horizontal or vertical. After that, you create a rough draft by placing the other content to finalize the design. Now on one side, it will be you who might be designing an informative card for the very first time and on the other side it’s a professional designer who has designed many of them. So don’t you think a professional designer can create a better design than you?
  • Perfect Coloring- Choosing the right color combination is the second important aspect of a card. You cannot add any available color of your choice. A Business id card represents you and your profession in your absence, so it becomes important to choose the right type of color combinations. Only a professional card printer can help you with such color combinations. Moreover, he will easily highlight the content as compared to the background through colors. This will definitely increase the readability of your business id card in the first look.
  • Informative content- The content presented on your visiting card plays an essential role in conveying your business profile to the reader. So, the content requires special attention to keeping your business id card informative and effective. A professional can help you put only useful content on this. He knows what font and size look professional and helps attract the reader in the first look.
  • Right paper- There is a wide range of paper quality available in the market, which is used for card printing. It is tough to decide which one is better and what is its genuine cost. A professional can help you choose the right paper as per your budget and the purpose of having an informative card for your business.
  • Neat and Clean Printing- The printers in our home are
    generally not of high quality and hardly loaded with latest designing tools. Also, we generally don’t know about these professional tools and printers whilst, the professionals have high quality printers and knowledge about latest design tools. Then why to waste your time and money in printing your business cards yourself.

Things to Consider Before Buying A 3D Printer

Types of 3D printers

3D printers use state-of-the-art technologies that help you produce physical things. Among all the printers, FDM, which is short for Fused Deposition Modeling, is the most popular. FDM creates a model by heating and forcing out plastic. These printers are easy to find.

Aside from this, the Selective Laser Sintering and Stereolithography are the two other types of 3D printing machines, but they are a lot more expensive.

Custom-built Printers

Building your own 3D printer may cost less, especially if you have a lot of spare time. But if you don’t have the time and skills to build one, you can go for a pre-assembled printer. However, if you need one to start your hobby as soon as possible, go ahead and buy one from the market.

Price

The price of a 3D printer varies based on several factors, such as the quality of the output. Generally, the quality printers may cost as much as $1000. However, the professional machines may cost more than $2000. But if you are just staring out, we suggest that you go for a simple model that won’t cost you more than $100.

Materials

For printing in 3D, two materials are required: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene and Poly Lactic Acid. Both of the materials get soft when heated, but solidify when the temperature drops. The cost of a spool is under $50.

Before you choose a material, make sure you know what the final product should look like. Aside from this, it is also important to note that not all printers will accept both types of the material.

Safety

Safety should be your first priority when it comes to using a good 3D printer. You need to take a few precautions. 3D printers produce a lot of heat when printing an object. So, make sure you don’t burn yourself. Aside from this, the machine may emit fumes that may be toxic. Lastly, make sure you use only food-grade plastic for the printer.

Quality

If you want to produce quality printed products with your printer, make sure you take into account two things: print speed and resolution. Actually, print resolution is the degree of detail the machine can produce. Usually, it is in microns. The smaller the microns are the higher the resolution of the object will be. The print speed of the machine measures the speed of the extruder. However, the speed of the machine will be affected by many factors.

Choose the Right Label Printer

There are a variety of printers that are available and having information about each printer will only make your task easier. Here is the list of the label printers.

  • Commercial Printers: These are ideal printers for small stores where there is a medium level of printing of label is done.
  • Desktop Printers: they are mainly used in offices because of low volume usage. They don’t make much noise which is a good option for the working environment. They are expensive and uses 4-inch-wide roles.
  • Personal Printers: they are small in size and is used to print personal labels only. They are not intended for long working hours or high-level printing. They are ideal printers for home and small offices.
  • Portable printers: As the name suggests they can be move from one place to another easily. They can be used in warehouses and offices because they are capable of handling industrial level work.
  • Industrial Printers: they are used by industries who produce thousands of labels each day. These printers are very expensive but they also provide high-quality labels which justify its high price.

There are few tips which you can use to make your job of finding a suitable label printer for business:-

  • First, make an estimation of how many labels you will be printing on a daily basis. If you have a factory, you should go for an industrial printer which can easily handle the workload. If you need it for personal use, then a desktop printer is an ideal choice.
  • Second, set up a budget. This will help you in avoiding any extra money on a printer. You will only look for those printers which are in your range and it will narrow down your list of choices as well.
  • Try to purchase a printer from a store so that you can take a closer look at the printer. You can check the performance, space it covers and how much noise it makes. These are few of the major factors which influence the buyer. You can also on the internet as there are many online stores which provide video tutorial as well.
  • You should think about how much each label will cost. Some printers are cost-effective and some very expensive. Before you make any investment make sure you make an estimation of the cost of labels.