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MemJet Printer Tech is Fast, Fast, Fast!

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MemJet Printer Tech is Fast, Fast, Fast!

The choice of what printer to buy just got a lot harder, or easier, whichever way you look at it.

Printer choice over the last decade or two has been pretty simple: inkjet or laser. Initially Inkjet offered colour while laser offered speed and latterly inkjet provides photo quality and laser has economy in its favour also. Now a new product, MemJet, looks to combine all the best features of all current printer technologies, creating the fastest, best quality and most cost effective prints.

The secret behind the technology is the new print head. It uses similar inkjet technology to a traditional inkjet, thus providing great colour quality, but instead of having a small head that moves left to right, it uses one static head that spans the width of the paper and contains over 70,000 jets. The result is that paper can continuously roll underneath the jet at a rate of 60 pages per minute (ppm), or one sheet a second.

The technology is currently only available in a prototype printer but the company is licensing it out to other inkjet manufacturers with a mind to having a whole host of products available in the near future.

The demos we saw while out at CES were only done on plain paper and were presentations, rather than photographs, so we can't vouch for whether this tech yet rivals the best inkjet photo printers (or die-sublimation printers for that matter) but for most casual snaps it's probably going to more than suffice.

With no products yet finalised for sale, we don't have any word on pricing yet but don't be surprised if it's a while yet before you can pick up a printer using this technology for £50.

jake120

January 13, 2011, 10:28 pm

This tech has been out for a while in very large production type products. I am glade to see it starting to come down to desktop / business office level. Now if they can get the other two issues print durability on plain paper and closer to real world yields resolved with inkjets then I might start considering them.

Mattj

January 14, 2011, 4:08 am

The big issue is the reliability, on a moving carriage machine you can map around dead nozzles without having a big impact on print quality. Damaged or clogged nozzles on this would quickly show up as streaks, particularly on a wide format machine.





I'm not sure that photo prints are going to be anything special as they are only using a 4 colour inkset. Certainly an intriguing technology, but I think it will be a while yet before they are used out of niches, such as the label printers that you can buy at the moment.

Enigma

January 14, 2011, 5:29 am

@jake you are absolutely right this technology has been around "a while": since the 90s. I know I came up with the idea but when I looked into patenting it I found it had already been patented.





However, I also came up with another idea that addressed another issue in regards laser printers for the soho users. As luck had there was a little overlap with a patent of a major printer company who had inadvertently covered it and thus had as yet not realised the value as per my invention.





So I approached them only to find they were not interested!!!! I even presented a demonstration of it.





It is any wonder they messed up on few other commercially successful inventions of theirs.





That idea is still valid and could be incorporated in laser printers but it is the companies that are the problem.

Enigma

January 14, 2011, 6:20 am

Hewlett Packard filed a patent application in 1992 but were granted a US Pat in 1995 entitled "Wide inkjet printhead" by inventors Ross R. Allen et al.

Martin Daler

January 14, 2011, 12:35 pm

@Enigma


So I hope you took the next step, into the second dimension, and patented the "surface" inkjet printhead. Then we can look forward to printers simply flashing the complete A4 image onto the page in a microsecond. Oops, that's in the public domain now....

Enigma

January 14, 2011, 8:24 pm

@Martin I think that is covered by the "bleeding obvious".





Joking aside, firstly given the problem faced, which I personally don't see much of a problem, I think you can see the challenges for a full page. Not forgetting the costs!!! Imagine having to replace the printhead!!

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