Solid Ink is that an oxymoron? I mean either it is solid or it is ink… Oh well let’s take a look at these big crayons. That is what they are big blocks of resin-based non-toxic color that are melted in the printer and affixed to the paper through heat and pressure. They create a great image. The technology has been around since 1991, the last century!! But in the recent past the technology and the ink formulas have been refined.
Want to see how it works? Check out the Solid Ink Dancers!
Catchy little dance, okay maybe not the Macarena but fun. So basically in solid ink printers we are to believe that there are little robot guys with paint guns? Well not exactly, but close. Actually there is a precise stainless steel print head with tiny holes smaller than a human hair. It uses 1,236 nozzles jetting more than 30 million drops per second. The ink is jetted from the print head to a heated drum and then is pressed onto the paper. Due to this process less ink wicks into the paper fibers and that controls dot spread, allowing for a crisper looking image. The image on the left below is the magnified image from a Color laser printer, the image on the right is Solid Ink.
Solid ink is fast, precise, and less expensive. Print speeds can reach 30-85 pages per minute.
Next time we will look at the printers available with this solid ink technology. Till then everybody up on your feet let’s do the Solid Ink Dance!!!