Many of us look at printers as just machines which are appendages to our computers or laptops, and only called upon to print at rare intervals. However the printer industry is a booming one, here are a few facts that you might find interesting;
A lot of people buy canon ink cartridges. You would be surprised to know a Fuser roller can get heated up to a staggering and melting 401 degrees Fahrenheit. These are essentially the couple of cylinders that are heated up to make the toner stick to the page. They do get hot, but the paper moves so quickly between them that it does not burn.
Brother printer toner is also popular. A toner does not need a lot of heat to melt. Even if the rollers get so hot, you would probably be able to melt the toners with lukewarm water. If you happen to spill toner on yourself, cold water is enough to clean it off.One gallon of oil is consumed in order to make one cartridge of ink. Taking into account the transportation and the manufacturing of the ink, it amounts to one gallon of oil, the price, that is.
A laser printer consumes more energy than the computer to which it is hooked up. It consumes up to three times more power than a normal desktop computer. And when the printer is not in use, the desktop consumes 5 times more power than the printer. Some mathematics, huh?
The smallest printer in the world is 2 X 2 X 11 inches. This wonderful feat of engineering is called the PrintStik and it is manufactured by Planon. It only weighs in at 1.5 pounds, and is portable to boot. A Bluetooth printer, it can hold about 20 sheets of paper.
The largest printer in the world is 40 X 164 feet. Big Image Systems have produced this heavyweight called Infinitus. It is capable of printing up to 2,000 sq feet. It is primarily used to print backdrops used in TV shows and movies.
Some of the fastest printer in the world are capable of churning out about 150 pages at a time. And they’re high resolution color prints that we’re talking about. In comparison and perspective, a regular printer can do only one tenth of that work in a minute.
Three Dimensional printers can even print edible food. They are so advanced that they can print anything from clothes to jewels; even houses and prosthetics are not out of their ambit.
Ink is damn expensive. The average retail cost of a black ink cartridge for a printer shoots it to the top of the list of most expensive liquids.