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Solid Ink: A Contradiction in Terms?

From the Printware Blog on Wednesday 18th May 2016 in Printing Technology, Samsung Experience Room

Xerox Solid Ink Printers

Solid ink seems a counterintuitive concept – how can something be an ink, and solid, at the same time? And how do systems that use it achieve not only incredible colour quality bot also certified energy efficiency and maximised reliability?

A Short Introduction to Solid Inks

When we refer to solid inks what we are talking about is in fact a solid block of wax. More specifically, a resin-based polymer – similar to the material that crayons are made out of. They come in small CMYK blocks that can be simply slotted into the printer. When in use, one or more wax blocks are partially melted then mixed and applied to the page, resulting in crisp printouts with vibrant glossy colours.

Xerox Solid Ink Printers


Solid ink printers have very few moving parts when compared with laser printers, while the inks themselves have none at all. Anyone with a passing knowledge of mechanics will know that as the number of moving parts increases, so do the potential amount of things that can go wrong!

Less to go wrong means big operational benefits. Less down time. Less cost. Less hassle. Less chance of Murphy’s Law kicking in when the main printer decides to go to pieces just when it is needed most (proviso: unfortunately even solid ink cannot guarantee against the universe’s cruel sense of irony). The point here is that you are left to focus on your core business uninterrupted, while your printer gets on and, well, just works!

If you still aren’t confident of the high reliability of the systems, Xerox are. They are so certain that they can offer a lifetime guarantee on some of their printers to give you complete piece of mind.


Xerox can help businesses meet ever more stringent environmental targets without compromising on standards.

As there are no cartridges, there is nothing to deplete or remove, and crucially, no waste. This is the key to its green credentials - solid ink can boast 90% less printing waste than comparable colour laser printers. And where a laser printer has perishable drums, toner units, belts and other components, a solid ink printer needs none of these.

Saving the planet is a noble cause but no-one’s going to buy a product that doesn’t deliver results. Solid ink printers certainly deliver low running costs and great image quality.

So on the rare occasions that you find yourself thinking about your printer, you can content yourself with the knowledge that you’re doing your bit for the environment – and you’ve made the right decision for your business.

If you haven’t already made the switch to solid ink, now’s the time. And if you have, this could be the perfect time to upgrade to a ColorQube 8580. Call our expert team on 0333 566 8123 to do it today.

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