The first inkjet printers used by printers have been found in the 1970s.
Now, researchers from the University of New South Wales have developed a new one that’s faster, more compact and can print on up to 4.5mm thick paper.
The technology could revolutionise the printing of documents on paper and in the future, they hope it will be cheaper than paper itself.
Researchers in the Australian National University’s School of Engineering have developed an inkjet that can print a large variety of colours and shapes on paper.
“This is an important step towards a new technology for the future,” said Professor Matthew Jaffe, who is also a member of the team.
“We’ve shown that the inkjet is capable of printing the basic shapes of paper on a substrate of up to 2.5 microns thickness.”
The technology works by first using a small amount of ink to create a laser-cut pattern on a paper substrate.
This is then used to cut and shape the ink onto a second sheet of paper, which is then coated with a layer of transparent resin.
The paper is then printed with a laser printer and then coated in resin, which provides the ink with the strength to print on paper at high speed.
It’s important to note that this technology is not yet ready for the production of paper that can be used for business documents.
The team is working on developing a paper that is more flexible and resistant to wear and tear.
Professor Jaffe said the technology could be of great use to businesses that want to create custom products or services that require printing on a larger scale.
He said they had developed a prototype for the ink, which they hope to share with other companies to see if it can be scaled up and commercialised.
A second version of the technology, known as a high-resolution inkjet, is also being developed by researchers in the US.
They hope to eventually develop a technology that can handle larger volumes of paper and can be adapted to use in the next generation of inkjet-based printers.
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