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How Printer Ink Is Changing In Response To A Wider Variety Of Printers

2011-04-06

In the modern world, there are many different types of printers available to the consumer, due to new technology and the demand for purpose-specific printers for various occupations. Artists, photographers, designers, and other professionals require higher quality printing, and single-purpose printers have filled that market. The variety of printer ink refills has also grown and changed due to the new advances of today's printers. With this new growth, companies have been forced to increase the variety of printers they offer the consumer. Canon ink, for instance, now is sold in different types to accompany these new single-purpose printers.

The most commonly-used printers today are the dot matrix printer, the laser printer, the inkjet printer, and the digital photo printer, each requiring different types of printer ink refills. Using Canon as an example because of its variety of printers, we can compare and contrast the different type of Canon ink used for each type of printer and how it has evolved over the years. Canon's dot matrix printer use toner cartridges and ribbons, and the print head moves vertically and horizontally one line at a time. Canon's laser printers have an imaging system that utilizes a spinning, mirrored drum and a laser that focuses on the center of the drum to transfer images onto paper. These use dry ink toners that are electrostatically-attracted to the drum; as the drum charges areas on the medium, the toner moves from the drum and is then fused onto the paper.

Inkjet printers create an image by spraying variable-sized droplets of ink onto paper with microscopic accuracy. Inkjet printers use two types of printer ink refills: thermal or piezoelectric. This merely refers to the way the printer fuses ink to the paper; thermal uses heat and piezoelectric uses pressure to place the ink onto the paper. Digital photo printers cost more per page than any other printer type, because they use dye-based ink or archival-quality lightfast pigment-based inks that work with numerous types of prints on many different textures, canvases, and textiles. They also use a laser to inscribe the image onto a certain kind of paper--called photographic paper--which allows a continuous tone in the image detail which far exceeds that of other printers.

Time continues to move forward as does the technology and knowledge gained by companies to create better printers. As printer technology progresses, so come new forms of printer ink refills. Different printers use different types of printer ink refills: while some still use the standard ribbon and cartridge, others use a new modern take on ink that allows for better and a higher quality of image detail. As printers develop, printer ink will continue to evolve as well.

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