Xerox Solid Ink

Xerox solid ink, 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. Printers that use solid ink require no special paper and the prints do not curl or wrinkle like other color laser or inkjet printers.
The technology has been around since 1991, the last century!! But in the recent past the technology and the ink formulas have been refined. The solid ink generates 90% less waste than comparable color laser printers. So let’s take a look at a classic video on how the ink gets to the paper.

Okay so there are no little guys with paintball guns in your printer but 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. To find out even more about solid ink and the machines that use them please watch the informative video below and then explore the Solid Ink website and the Solid Ink FAQ page.

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  1. Vanya February 24, 2018 - Reply

    What kinds of solid ink printers do you sell?

    • Cheryl Otstott February 28, 2018 - Reply

      Hi Vanya,
      Thank you for reading the At Your Service blog. You will need to check with your local Xerox sales office or dealer. None of the newest machines use solid ink, but there may be reconditioned machines available that use solid ink. The ColorQube is one of the families of machines that use solid ink. Please take a look at the office equipment webpage for information on Xerox printers.


  2. Hemant Dutta July 22, 2019 - Reply

    Do you still sell solid ink printers? If not, can you recommend any refurbished/reconditioned solid ink printer?

    • Cheryl Otstott October 22, 2019 - Reply

      Hi Hemant,
      Thank you for reading the blog. No, we no longer sell solid ink printers. I am not aware of any refurbished/reconditioned program through Xerox.

  3. JC November 8, 2019 - Reply

    Interesting… The video was only a couple of years ago, and you’ve stopped making / selling them? What went wrong?

    • Cheryl Otstott January 29, 2020 - Reply

      Hi JC,
      Thanks for reading the blog. Nothing went wrong that I am aware of, Xerox just made a business decision to stop offering that particular type of printer. Supplies, drivers and support are still available at this time.

  4. Ashraf A Mohamed June 10, 2020 - Reply

    I have a colour cube 8580 and I want to buy solid ink. How can I determine the version of required solid ink (European, American or DMO)?

    • Cheryl Otstott December 16, 2020 - Reply

      Hi Ashraf,
      Thanks for reading the blog. Please take a look at this article about ink sticks for your product. If this does not help please contact your local support centre.

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