Printers don’t get enough credit. People tend to think of printers as a means to an end, or more specifically, a means to print off a document. And while that is a printer’s primary purpose, the technology itself should be held to a higher level of appreciation.
Sure, printer-technology has been around for a good long while, but that doesn’t make it any more innovative. That goes double for inkjet printers, which are far more interesting than one would give them credit for.
Don’t believe us? Then just take a gander at the seven interesting facts you never could have known about inkjet printers below.
1. The First Use For Inkjet Printer
Continuous inkjet printer technology was originally developed as strip chart recorders for doctors. Inkjets for consumers didn’t come onto the market until the late 1980’s.
2. The First Commercial Inkjet
In 1988, Hewlett Packard placed inkjet printers onto the commercial market with the HP Thinkjet Printer, the first of its kind. Needless to say, the old dot-matrix printer didn’t last too long with an inkjet as its competition.
3. The Half-Full Rule
Practically anytime you buy a new inkjet printer, the already-installed in cartridges that come with the machine will almost always be half-filled. No one is trying to rip you off or anything, this is just done to ensure that the ink doesn’t spill out from the machine when it’s traveling to and from the store.
4. Commercial Inkjet Applications
How do bar codes get onto commercial goods? Commercial inkjet printers do the work, of course. Same goes for huge pieces of printed media like billboards, though larger continuous inkjet printers are used.
5. Pricey As Can Be
Outpacing gold or oil, inkjet ink is actually the most expensive liquid on the planet. To put things in perspective, a gallon of inkjet ink goes for $2,700. And that’s precisely why those cartridges are so darn expensive.
6. Cheaper At First, No So Much Later
With the above in mind, you can see why inkjet printers are generally more affordable than their laser counterparts. Basically, most companies make money from the sale of the ink rather than the actual printers themselves.
7. The Environmental Dark Side
About 70 per cent of an inkjet printer machine, cartridges included, is recyclable. Apparently people don’t seem to know this, as around 70% of all inkjet cartridges are thrown out in the trash and end up in landfills. Not cool, society.
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