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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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Ricoh GELJET Printers to Replace GelSprinter Range

From the Printware Blog on 29th February 2012 in News, New Products

Ricoh has just announced that it is to update its range of inkjet printers, known as GelSprinters. The fourth generation is getting something of a revamp, complete with catchy new name: GELJET. The first of the new GELJETs won’t be available until April but here we take a quick look at what we can expect

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Palaeontologists Print 3D Dinosaur Bones

From the Printware Blog on 22nd February 2012 in 3D Printing, Fun Stuff

Ever since 3D printing became fashionable again, it seems that hardly a week goes by without someone finding a clever, innovative or downright bizarre use for 3D printers. Now the technology is being applied in a somewhat unusual way as palaeontologists use it to create replica dinosaur bones.

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Epson WorkForce Pros Now With PostScript 3

From the Printware Blog on 21st February 2012 in New Products

Epson markets its WorkForce Pro inkjet range as a faster, cheaper-to-run and more ecologically sound alternative to laser printers and has enjoyed some success as a result. Now there are two new WorkForce printers on the way and this time Epson is going after lasers on the quality angle.

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Keep Running Costs Down With The New Samsung ML-3750ND

From the Printware Blog on 20th February 2012 in New Products

Samsung has built a reputation for producing, amongst other things, a range of capable and inexpensive laser printers. The latest offering from the Korean-based manufacturing giant is the ML-3750ND, a low- to mid-range mono laser printer which, despite some unfortunate styling, looks pretty promising.

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New Canon PIXMA Printers On Their Way

From the Printware Blog on 17th February 2012 in New Products

When Canon launches a new PIXMA printer, it tends to be cause for a certain amount of excitement and anticipation. Experience tells us that new PIXMA multifunction devices sell like hot cakes and, with four new printers on the way, we're not expecting it to be any different this time.

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New Epson A3 Printers Coming Soon

From the Printware Blog on 16th February 2012 in New Products

Epson has just launched two new A3 laser printers, the AcuLaser M7000 series mono printer and colour C9300 range. Both models feature a comprehensive range of tray and memory options and will be available to purchase very shortly.

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How to Set Up Google Cloud Print

From the Printware Blog on 16th February 2012 in Consumer Advice, Software

Recently, we talked about Google Cloud Print and how it allows you to print from virtually anywhere with a compatible device. There are seemingly more Cloud-enabled printers and cloud printing apps available every day and getting set up may be easier than you think.

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The Impact of 3D Printing on Intellectual Property

From the Printware Blog on 10th February 2012 in 3D Printing, Consumer Advice

As the juggernaut of 3D printing rolls on and every day sees new uses emerge for this maturing technology, it inevitably throws up a few conundrums as well. Manufacturing, it seems, is now for the masses and, despite the many benefits, there could be problems too.

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A 3D Printer For The Price Of A Colour Laser Printer

From the Printware Blog on 8th February 2012 in 3D Printing

Technology inevitably becomes cheaper as it becomes more accessible and easier to produce. Although 3D printing has been around for decades, it's now becoming practical for home use. Until now, it's still been out of reach for most consumers but a company from Hong Kong might be about to change all that.

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FingerPrint Lets You Use Apple AirPrint On Any Printer

From the Printware Blog on 8th February 2012 in Software

When Apple AirPrint was first released about a year ago, there was a certain amount of excitement about being able to print from your iPad or iPhone. However, the number of printers which supported AirPrint was limited but now app is now available which will turn virtually any printer into an AirPrint-enabled device.

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Woman Has Jaw Replaced With 3D Printed Prosthetic

From the Printware Blog on 6th February 2012 in 3D Printing

If you've been following the technology news of late, you'll know that 3D printing has recently become a big talking point but now it’s hit the mainstream headlines around the world. A medical team in The Netherlands has just announced the successful replacement of an 83 year old woman’s lower jaw with a 3D-printed version.

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3D Printer Prints Objects Made of Paper

From the Printware Blog on 6th February 2012 in 3D Printing

We've looked a number of 3D printers recently, machines capable of printing with substrates from plastic to food. However, Irish based company Mcor Technologies has built a printer that turns traditional printing on its head by using paper as the 'ink'.

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3D Food Printing Could Be Just Around The Corner

From the Printware Blog on 1st February 2012 in 3D Printing, Fun Stuff

If you've been following the recent goings-on in 3D printing, you'll know that the technology isn't exactly new and even the idea of printing food has been around for a couple of years. However, given that practical food printing is that much closer to becoming reality, we thought it was worth another, closer look.

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The Future of 3D Printing

From the Printware Blog on 27th January 2012 in 3D Printing

A quick trawl through a few print- and  technology-themed websites, blogs and social media feeds will probably give you the impression that 3D printers are about to take over the world. The technology has been with us for some time but, thanks to a number of recent developments and the interested generated at CES 2012, 3D printing is a hot topic again. It could be that 3D printing is finally about to come of age.

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3D Printing At Home

From the Printware Blog on 23rd January 2012 in 3D Printing

3D is the future – or so it seems. Films, TV programmes and computer games are increasingly being made available in 3D and NASA recently announced plans to develop a 3D printer for the International Space Station. It’s fair to say, however, that 3D printing wasn't something that the average person was likely to get excited about….until now.

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Rainforest Rescue With Cool Earth and Printware

From the Printware Blog on 18th January 2012 in Environment, Charity

Printware is proud of its partnership with rainforest charity Cool Earth and the fantastic achievements we’ve helped to make possible over the last six months. In its latest update, Cool Earth looks back at its accomplishments for 2011 and the success of the project to date, as well as looking forward to even greater success for the year ahead.

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Printware Looks at Changes in Printing for 2012

From the Printware Blog on 17th January 2012 in News, Printing Technology

2011 saw a great deal of change in the world of technology and, perhaps more importantly, in the way we use that technology. Social media and the mobile internet are where everything is happening at the moment so, in the face of these exciting developments, what can the humble, not-very-interesting, printer do to keep up in 2012?

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HP Launches Cartridge Authentication Software

From the Printware Blog on 22nd December 2011 in Software, Security

HP has launched new software which enables users to verify the authenticity of its cartridges and guard against counterfeit products. The new software uses QR codes, which can be read via a smartphone, to authenticate each product and should make it easier than ever to spot a fake cartridge.

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Cool Earth Says Thank You To Printware And Its Customers

From the Printware Blog on 9th December 2011 in Environment, Charity

Recently, we looked at how Printware's partnership with Cool Earth has helped preserve the Peruvian rain forest and benefit the people who depend on it. Following on from that, Cool Earth has contacted us to express its thanks for our support and break down exactly how the contribution from Printware and its customers is making a difference.

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