2015 Printing Innovations

Although creating physical print outs of documents and datasheets certainly isn’t as popular as it once was, printer makers and document management companies like ours still have a vital role in the tech world. This is because the manufacturers that make printers and the distributers that sell them are continuously coming up with new printing technology and improving upon the old technology. We believe that two of the most important printing innovations for the year 2015 will be the expansion of th 3D printing trend and various efficiency updates.

3D Printing

Three dimensional printing specifically refers to the process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file. A 3D printed object is made via additive processes meaning that the 3D printer releases successive layers of material until the entire object is created. To start 3D printing, first you have to make a virtual design of whatever object you want. This virtual design is made in a CAD (Computer Aided Design) file using a 3D modeling program or with the use of a 3D scanner when copying an existing object. The scanner makes a 3D digital copy of an object and puts it into a 3D modeling program. Ultimately, the computer will divide the final model into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers. This file is uploaded in the 3D printer and the printer creates the object layer by layer. Not all 3D printers use the same technology to realize their objects but in this day and age most use some kind of laser technology.

But the question we all should be asking about 3D printing isn’t “so how does it work?” It’s “what is it good for and why do we need it?” 3D printing is an incredible resource for making quick repairs. It’s also the closest thing we have to being able to “fax” objects to one or another. When you think about how 3D printers may one day allow people to almost instantly send tangible items back and forth to one another, you’ve got to be impressed.

Ultra Efficient Printing Options

The majority of the printers we sell can produce 31 to 45 pages per minute (ppm). This is not to say that we especially favor these kinds of printers. We also sell many systems that can print over 70 pages per minute. The reason for this is strictly availability. We sell a lot of 40 ppm models because there are a lot of different 40 ppm models available. More efficient printers, scanners and copiers are becoming more and more commonplace. Units that can produce more pages using less ink and less power are definitely going to be a big trend in 2015!

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