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Lexmark and Life After Inkjets

From the Printware Blog on 29th August 2012 in News

In a move that has surprised almost no-one, Lexmark has announced that it is pulling out of the inkjet printer market entirely. This follows its announcement last month that it would no longer be producing consumer inkjet printers and will allow Lexmark to focus on more profitable areas of its business. What, though, are the wider implications of this decision?

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US Army Sends 3D Printers to Afghanistan

From the Printware Blog on 24th August 2012 in News, 3D Printing

Is there anything you can't do with a 3D printer? Well, yes lots but the list is growing smaller all the time. The United States Army is the latest organisation to recognise the potential of 3D printers as it begins using them to manufacture replacement equipment in the field.

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HP Reports Record Loss

From the Printware Blog on 23rd August 2012 in News

HP has reported a record loss of $8.9 billion for the quarter ending July 31st. The loss is easily the biggest in HP's history and largely due to an $8bn write-down related to its acquisition of IT services company EDS. However, HP CEO Meg Whitman remains confident about the company's future and points out that HP is in the early stages of a long restructuring process.

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Building Houses with a 3D Printer

From the Printware Blog on 17th August 2012 in 3D Printing

Behrokh Khoshnevis from the University of Southern California has developed an idea for a 3D printer which, he says, can build a house in less than 24 hours. If it works, it could have a massive impact for the homeless and those living in inadequate housing around the world. The only problem is that the printer is still a long way from actually being built.

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Kyocera Develops Fastest Ever Printhead

From the Printware Blog on 15th August 2012 in Printing Technology

Kyocera has announced the development of a new inkjet printhead which can print at a staggering 152 metres per minute, making it the world's fastest. The new printhead should be available within a year and is set to have a huge impact on the commercial printing industry.

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Colour Printing Achieves Maximum Possible Resolution

From the Printware Blog on 14th August 2012 in Printing Technology

Scientists in Singapore have developed a process for printing colour images at the highest possible resolution, around 100,000 dots per inch, using microscopic discs of silver and gold. It's hoped the technique can be developed commercially and used for optical data storage, encrypting information or printing tiny watermarks.

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3D Printed Magic Arms Help Four Year Old Emma to Hug and Play

From the Printware Blog on 3rd August 2012 in 3D Printing

Every now and then a story comes along that really tugs at the heartstrings but rarely, if ever, does it have anything to do with the world of printers and printing. However, we've been quite fortunate lately to feature a few feel-good stories and we don't think you can have too much of a good thing.

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Team Printware Helps Hospice to Raise Huge Sum

From the Printware Blog on 31st July 2012 in News, Charity

The first ever Air and a Prayer Rally took place on July 26th and 27th with the aim of raising £20,000 for Julia's House, a hospice for seriously and terminally ill children. Last week we looked at the preparations of Printware's Dale Hilton and team-mate Tom Atkinson ahead of the rally. Now read how they got on...

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Lexmark Pulls Plug on Consumer Inkjet Printers

From the Printware Blog on 20th July 2012 in News

Following several years of falling sales and declining revenue, Lexmark has pulled out of the consumer inkjet market. The move is intended to allow Lexmark to focus on its core business of laser and business inkjet machines, which has been growing steadily.

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Printware Rallies Round for Hospice

From the Printware Blog on 19th July 2012 in News, Charity

A team from Printware will be making the arduous drive from Wimborne in Dorset to Loch Lomond in the west of Scotland to raise money for charity. Julia's House, which cares for children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, is having to cut back on the services it provides so the organisers of the Air and a Prayer Rally are trying to raise much-needed funds to keep it open.

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Creating Human Organs Using a 3D Printer

From the Printware Blog on 29th June 2012 in 3D Printing

Printing a fully functional human organ using a 3D printer has been the Holy Grail of the medical world ever since it became a realistic possibility. Although a working human organ fit for transplant has yet to be created artificially, advances in 3D printing mean that there is huge potential for this to become a reality very soon.

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Printware Helps School to Raise Vital Funds

From the Printware Blog on 28th June 2012 in News, Charity

Printware is proud of its ongoing partnership with rain forest charity Cool Earth but is also delighted to be involved in smaller projects closer to home. One such event is the Broadoak Primary School Summer Ball, in which Printware helped the raise £6,500 for vital school funds.

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Portable 3D Printers

From the Printware Blog on 29th May 2012 in 3D Printing

3D printers – they just won't go away, will they? Having moved out of the laboratory and into the commercial world, 3D printers then started finding their way into people’s homes. Now they've gone a stage further and actually gone mobile. It's not like there's just one of them, either, as there are several portable 3D printers already available.

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Happy Fifth Birthday to Cool Earth

From the Printware Blog on 28th May 2012 in Environment, Charity

Rain forest charity Cool Earth celebrates its fifth birthday on May 31st. When it was founded in 2007, the target was to protect a relatively modest 5,000 acres of forest. Five years later, Cool Earth has ensured that a staggering 2.5 million acres is safe from illegal logging. Printware is proud of its association with Cool Earth and delighted to join in the celebrations for this very special milestone.

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Robot 3D Printer Makes Its Own Tools

From the Printware Blog on 25th May 2012 in 3D Printing

It had to happen. With the 3D printing revolution in full swing, there are almost limitless uses for the technology and, as a result, 3D printers are being incorporated into the design of many robots. Now, a robotics team in Zurich has gone one stage further by creating a robot that can manufacture its own tools.

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Multifunction Printing on the Move with HP

From the Printware Blog on 18th May 2012 in New Products

The world is on the move and everything these days needs to be done on the go – first phone calls, then computing, printing and now copying and scanning too. June will see the launch of the HP Officejet 150 Mobile All-in-One Printer, the world's first truly portable MFP.

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3D Printing Show Coming to London in October

From the Printware Blog on 11th May 2012 in 3D Printing

October will see the launch of a new event in London as the 3D Printshow gets under way for the first time. The event will bring together some of the leading names in the world of 3D printing for three days, starting on October 19th

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Landa Launches Second Digital Printing Revolution With Nanotech Presses

From the Printware Blog on 11th May 2012 in Printing Technology

Benny Landa, the man who founded Indigo and started the digital printing revolution appears to have done it again with new technology which he calls nanography. The new technology combines the versatility of digital printing with the productivity and cost-per-page of offset.

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Xerox ColorQube 8700 and 8900 MFP Lead the Way

From the Printware Blog on 9th May 2012 in New Products

Xerox's solid ink printers have an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability, coupled with excellent running costs and the new solid ink multifunction devices are no exception. The ColorQube 8700 and 8900 are serious machines for demanding workgroups that expect high levels of performance and professional results.

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30 Years of the ZX Spectrum and ZX Printer

From the Printware Blog on 23rd April 2012 in Fun Stuff

Those of us over a certain age will have fond memories of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, which is now celebrating its 30th birthday. The sound of a game loading via the tape drive is as familiar and evocative of the early 80s as any New Romantic or New Wave hit. You may also have had a Kempston joystick but how many of you had the ZX Printer too?

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3D Printing Smart Wings

From the Printware Blog on 12th April 2012 in 3D Printing

3D printing technology has been combined with printed electronic circuitry to create the world’s first fully printed hybrid structure – a 'smart' wing for an unmanned aircraft. The technology has huge potential to revolutionise manufacturing, not just for military aircraft but also for commercial aircraft, medical devices and the automotive industry.

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Cool Earth Update April 2012

From the Printware Blog on 11th April 2012 in Environment, Charity

Printware's partnership with Cool Earth has proved fruitful and productive, with nearly 11,000 tonnes of C02 locked away and 10,000 trees protected so far and countless lives enriched. Cool Earth continues to work hard, protecting vital rain forest and the communities they support and embarking on ever more ambitious projects to safeguard our planet's ecological heritage

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3D Chocolate Printer Now On Sale

From the Printware Blog on 11th April 2012 in 3D Printing, Fun Stuff

3D printing in chocolate is now a commercial reality as British-based company Choc Edge goes to market with the Choc Creator Version 1. Although too late for this Easter, the Choc Creator is nonetheless generating a great deal of interest and it won't be long before customised confectionery becomes readily available.

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Reverse Printer Unprints Pages

From the Printware Blog on 22nd March 2012 in Printing Technology

Technology is a funny thing – an idea can be around for years, going quietly unnoticed, popping up every now and then before it's promptly forgotten again. 3D printing has recently had a new lease of life and now, it seems, erasable laser printing is making a comeback.

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3D Printer Creates Tiny Landmarks and F1 Race Car

From the Printware Blog on 22nd March 2012 in 3D Printing

3D printing is getting faster and more accurate all the time and, for most people, the focus has been on making printers that can create larger objects. However, a team of scientists at the Vienna University of Technology has taken things in a different direction.

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Lowest Ever Price for an A3 Colour Laser Printer

From the Printware Blog on 21st March 2012 in News

Printware has an enviable reputation for blazing new paths and setting new trends and we've done it again. Introducing another best-ever offer – an OKI C801n A3 colour laser printer for less than £500…

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Toshiba Announces Printer Which Uses Erasable Toner

From the Printware Blog on 9th March 2012 in Printing Technology

The idea of producing reusable printed material isn't a new one – manufacturers have been experimenting with the concept on and off for years. A number of systems have been developed over the years but none of them has proven successful. However the launch of Toshiba's new FriXion Ball printer may be about to change all that.

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New HP Officejet Pro Printers

From the Printware Blog on 8th March 2012 in New Products

Hot on the heels of HP's new TopShot LaserJet come three new Officejet multifunction printers. With wireless and remote printing as standard, along with copy, scan and fax functionality, the Pro 6700 and 8600 ranges offer an impressive set of features. All three are ePrinters, which means that they are compatible with the increasingly popular Apple AirPrint and Google Cloud Print.

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The TopShot Is The Latest LaserJet MFP From HP

From the Printware Blog on 8th March 2012 in New Products

HP has recently launched a new addition to its colour multi-function range, the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275nw.That’s right – it’s really called the TopShot LaserJet Pro M275nw. We know what you’re thinking. Firstly, why 'TopShot' and, secondly, what’s the bizarre contraption sticking out of the back? Well, read on to find out…

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3D Printing Helps Blind Students and Amputees

From the Printware Blog on 7th March 2012 in 3D Printing

Amongst the many and varied applications for 3D printing, some of which seem merely aesthetic, or even frivolous, there are some which genuinely have a positive impact on people’s lives. Here, we look at just a couple of examples where 3D printing is actually being used to improve people's quality of life, or make it easier in a meaningful way.

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