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Google Cloud Print

Google Cloud Print is an internet based application that allows owners of at least one printer to print documents from their mobile devices. This application allowing you to print from any mobile device, works on ALL printers whether they can connect to the internet themselves through an Ethernet or wireless interface or they have no direct internet capabilities. The more classic printers, which cannot connect directly to the internet, will need to be connected to a Mac, Linux, or Windows computer with internet access in order to utilize the cloud printing. Once a printer has been set up with Google Cloud Print, it can be used to print from any desired internet connected device.

To connect printers that do not come Cloud Ready, users will need to install Google Chrome on their Windows, Mac, or Linux computers that are connected directly to the printer. Once Chrome has been installed on a connected computer, users can sign in and access Google Cloud Print Connector to add their connected printers to the cloud. When the PC, connected to the printer and internet, is on, users can remotely control printer settings, mange their printers, and print desired projects from any internet connected device. Devices can be used from any location with internet access and a downloadable Google Cloud Print Application. Printers that are Cloud Ready will connect directly to the web and do not require a computer to set up or use.

Any type of application can be sent to and printed on your Cloud ready printer to eliminate restrictions and to be able to create fully customizable printouts. There is no need to convert photographs and highly detailed projects to lesser-sized file formats in order to print materials. Changing the file formats can lower valuable resolutions and eliminate necessary elements on final printouts. The cloud feature allows you to print the file you want and when you want without having to change any properties. The Cloud also lets you share your registered printer(s) with Google Chrome friends and family that you choose. With one click, you can select the friends and family you want to have access to your registered Google Cloud Print printer(s) so they can manage and print jobs easily.

With Google Cloud Print you and anyone you choose can access your home and work printers that have been registered on your account, with devices used everyday such as smart phones and tablets. For iOS platforms and Android phones, users can download an application that will communicate directly with your Google account and give you control of the printers registered to your account. Currently, this feature can be used on any internet connected device with a downloadable application (the name of the application will vary depending on the OS and device being used), a connection to Google Chrome OS, Chrome, Gmail for mobile, or using Google Docs for mobile.

Users will be able to print from virtually anywhere with their smart phones, tablets, Chromebooks, and any other web-connected devices. You can take pictures on a family vacation and have them already printed by the time you get back home. Teachers can send their projects to a company printing machine and pick them up once they have completed their lesson to not waste any time standing in front of the machine and waiting for projects to finish. You can also print important tickets and documents as soon as they are received instead of waiting until you get home and possibly forgetting. Be able to control when and where you are able to print with this Google Cloud Printing capability.

Cheap Printer Ink & Toner Cartridges – Simi Valley, CA

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Ink and Toner have become main staples of the business, office, and educational communities since the invention of the Xerography (copy) machine in 1959. Being able to quickly and cheaply create mass quantities of important documents and images for informational, advertisement, filing, and other purposes, made these Xerographic photocopying machines a must have among workgroups. The same principle of wanting to quickly and cheaply create important documents, images, and now photographs is still around today, only it has spread to domestic households and businesses alike.

There are some differences and similarities between what a home user is looking for and what an office or company is looking for. Home users, are more so concerned with being able to print all their documents, photographs, and occasional projects at home and with professional quality. On the other hand, offices, with a much higher rate of printing, are looking to produce as many printouts as possible and as quickly as possible to keep production levels ahead or at the speed of their workflow. In slew of this, offices and workgroups generally trend toward high-volume laser toner printers, while home users go for the less expensive inkjet printers. Although initial costs are far from similar due to the different volume outputs capable by these two machines, both users are still looking for an affordable price to print.

The cheapest printing options for ongoing printing, is to find affordable replacement ink cartridges or toner cartridges that aren’t going to sacrifice the output quality. The best wholesale retailers for printer supplies can be found in Simi Valley, California. Simi Valley is an ideal location for ink and toner distribution since many brand name printer manufacturers are stationed in California and the compatible cartridges made in China, ship to ports within close proximity to the valley. Because of this, distributors located in Simi Valley such as Inkgrabber.com and InkOnABudget.com can offer replacement Simi Valley ink cartridges and replacement Simi Valley toner cartridges at the lowest wholesale prices possible.

Inkgrabber is a family run business that has been in the printer and office supply industry for over 70 years and has been able to find some of the best quality replacement cartridges on the market. All their products have been ISO 9001 certified and tested to ensure the quality meets that of the OEM (Original Equipment Manufactured) cartridges. These Simi Valley ink cartridge distributors can lower replacement supply costs by up to 82 percent when using remanufactured or compatible cartridges. With their prime location, Inkgrabber’s remanufactured and compatible inks, toners, ribbons, and replacement supplies have been hand-picked and tested to ensure the same great quality and integrity found when using the genuine supplies.

While shopping around the web to find the best wholesale ink cartridges, Inkgrabber.com and InkOnABudget.com consistently come up with the highest quality products and the lowest prices. Their low prices are contingent on the fact that they are able to acquire replicated cartridges from China and locally refilled cartridges that eliminate transportation fees and unneeded middle suppliers. Simi Valley Printer Ink will always be offered at a greater discount than large chains and other independent ink suppliers. The main elements people are looking for in a printer, is an affordable price to print while still being able to retain the desired quality on final printouts. No matter what printer you purchase for your document handling needs, Inkgrabber and InkOnABudget will lower the operational costs and the price per printout using the local ink and local toner found in Simi Valley, California.

World’s First 3D Printed Ink Cartridges

3D printing or Additive Manufacturing has been a leading trend amongst the printing industries for a few years now. From creating medical and dental synthetics and prosthetics to complex mechanical marvels like automobile parts and robotic aircrafts, it was only a matter of time before this engineering technology would start producing parts for itself. And eventually, be able to completely reproduce itself, once we figure out how to create data chips and other complicated processing systems that require a variety of finely tuned elements to make.

An ink supply retailer from the United Kingdom known as Ink Factory was thinking along the same lines when they decided to purchase a 3D printer and create the first ever functional 2D printer inkjet cartridge. Being a supplier of ink cartridges and printer supplies for the last 11 years, the decision to create a cartridge was less then farfetched to say the least. It all started with the notion that asks, “Would it be possible for the home user to print their own ink cartridges and (in doing) so save money?” Which soon lead to the team at Ink Factory to start planning the creation of a 2D print cartridge.

The first hurdle the team encountered was choosing which type of cartridge to replicate and what printer to test them in. Many manufacturers’ like HP and Canon have a plethora of new technologies and designs in each ink cartridge, such as data chips and Piezo elements to help regulate ink droplet amounts, levels of ink usage, and general communications with a printer’s software. With such a high amount of finely tuned, specific elements going into each cartridge, these manufactures were out of the question. Kodak, on the other hand, has only ever released two different ink cartridge types, the Kodak 10 series and Kodak 30 series ink cartridges. Additionally, the Kodak cartridges have a simple internal design and only one component that could not be fabricated with a 3D printer, (the ink bladder). After all, the current 3D printer models can only handle one element a time and PLA or ABS plastics are abundant, consistant, and hold no charge which are ideal for creating and testing out new operational inventions. The Kodak ESP C110 was selected as the test printer since it holds the Kodak 30 ink cartridges and is an extremely reliable and popular machine.

The next step after deciding what they wanted to print and how they wanted it to function, was designing a 3D model using a CAD (Computer Assisted Design) program. The team at Ink Factory purchased a MakerBot 2 printer which comes with SolidWorks, a CAD program used as a design engineering software tool. After carefully measuring each component and chamber of the original cartridge, it was time to create an accurately scaled layout or wire frame model of the Kodak 30 ink cartridges using SolidWorks. These 3D drawings are saved as .STL or Stereolithography files which utilize similar technology found in satellites. This technology basically measures light reflection distances off of surfaces to reproduce a scaled 3D model.

Once a computer animated model (or frame) has been completed using the SolidWorks or other 3D design engineering software, the printer will need to thinly slice the 3D drawing with another inclusive software program entitled MakerWare. MakerWare is MakerBot’s slicing engine, taking 3-Dimensional drafts and dividing them into numerous layers that the printer will be recreating during the printing process. Each 3D printer manufacturer has their own set of software, including a slicing engine and a 3D drafting CAD program.

With the designs being complete, it’s time to print. Ink Factory used PLA plastics to create their model Kodak 30 inkjet cartridges. This was primarily for cost efficiency and the fact that PLA plastics are easy to work with and strong when cooled or hardened from a liquid state. When the printer finishes printing each successive layer, the team at Ink Factory can scrape the newly fabricated cartridges off of the manufacturing faceplate. The new cartridges are then accessorized with the components unable to be manufactured during the printing process and filled using an Ink refill kit. Thus, home users will still not be able to create their own cartridges at home, unless they happen to have access to ink bladders, data chips, and the other miscellaneous components used to communicate with the printer.

Although this is not a universal solution to help lower replacement ink and toner costs, it does open the doors of what is possible with additive manufacturing. I remember the first article I wrote about NASA using 3D printing technology to create a pizza at the International Space Station. The first thought I had, was “this is straight out of Star Trek or some Sci-Fi futuristic movie.” Being able to tell the computer interface what you want and it fabricates the exact item out of thin air in some oversimplified, concaved wall set-up. “Computer, Earl Grey, Hot,” and out comes a steaming cup of Earl Gray tea. How many stories have you heard about a self replicating robot trying to take over the world? The ideas have always been there, they are just now getting the chance to become a reality.

3D Printing – Does it help or hurt jobs?

3D Printing3-D printing is a process referred to as Additive Manufacturing which constructs an object through sequential layering of a delegated material. This machine fabricates the product by jetting out a resin-like mixture that hardens into a plastic, metal, or other synthetic material. No replicating, completely up to the designer with no manufacturing restrictions other then what is possible and impossible due to the general laws of physics and nature. This not so new technology is finally being integrating into more businesses and manufacturing companies including dentistry, orthodontics, shoes, fashion, toys, and automotive industries. Being able to create a product using the exact amount of material needed with laser accurate detail and no waste is more than just beneficial, it’s revolutionizing industries. 3-Dimensional printing has practical applications in just about every field creating a product, including food.

As with a laser or inkjet printer, the process of creation starts with a concept or idea conceived onto a computer document, or in this case, a 3-dimensional layout or design drawn with a computer. Instead of a document file, the users will be creating an STL (.stl) or Stereolithography file, which is basically a Cartesian coordinate grid in three dimensions. The printer will then process the data by slicing the virtual blueprint vertically and creating a 2-D model one slice at a time. This is similar to the way a CT scan (or CAT scan) works taking images of the brain one slice at a time. The sequential layering allows for a more intricate building process, being able to create elaborate inner chambers and honeycomb textures with controllable porosity and channel size throughout a single item. After slicing and processing the given design, the printer will lay down the slices as successive layers of liquid, powder, titanium, wire, wax, or other given materials to construct the model from a series of coordinate cross sections. The cross sections directly correspond with the given or created STL file. Each layer is joined together or automatically fused to create the final shape or desired product. The printing process can take anywhere from a couple hours to days depending on the size of the object. This is only a fraction of the time spent on fabricating the same products using subtractive manufacturing or molding techniques. Moreover, there is little to no waste from the start of a project to the end of a project, unlike traditional manufacturing methods.

Many different materials can be used for 3D printing, including ABS plastic sheets, PLA, polyamides, glass filled polyamides, stereolithography materials, silver, titanium, steel, wax, photopolymers and polycarbonates. The material components used for 3-D printing are ever growing and evolving. As long as the material can be melted, sintered, laminated, or molded / modeled together it can be a viable candidate in additive manufacturing. The most popular, especially with the home users, is the ABS plastic sheets, being colorful, light weight, durable, and affordable. There are many other types of thermoplastics including PLA / polylactic acid which is a type of polyester, polyamides or nylon, and glass-filled polyamides which is fiber-glass woven into the nylon creating an extremely strong and durable plastic.

The plastics are extruded from the printer in a process called Fused Deposition Modeling, melting the thermoplastic material with the use of a heated printhead nozzle, ejecting small beads of the material one layer at a time which solidifies almost instantly at room temperature. Metals, plasters, and ceramic glass materials are generally in the form of a wire or powder solution before being melted or sintered via heat or laser into the desired shapes. Paper, metal sheets, foil, and plastic films can also be used in some 3-D printers that laminate the material into successive layers to form the 3-Dimensional objects. The other additive manufacturing technology involves the use of light to connect or fuse together the molecules of a substance forming the desired shape. Photopolymers are needed for light polymerization to take place which is an interesting material that literally washes away with cold water unless struck or excited by UV light which hardens the solution. Solidified Photopolymers generally feel and act much like a hardened rubber.

With so many applications, the 3-D printers are appealing to a broad array of businesses and organizations, including NASA. Facing the problem of freeze dried foods breaking down micronutrients over time due to their natural sugars and enzymes, researchers and developers at NASA have pioneered a project to create a complete nutritional food system that contains no waste or wrappers. By substituting plastics and metals for food powders, they have been able to create cookies and pizza with only the use of a 3-D printer. In order to accomplish this task, the team at NASA has the 3-D component delivering macronutrients like starch, protein, and fat which provide structure and texture, while the micronutrients are sprayed on afterward, delivering the smell and flavor components. The Macronutrient feed stocks are stored in a dry, sterile container and fed directly to the printer. The printer will combine water or oil with the extruding macronutrient feed stocks depending on the digital recipe to minimize waste and spoilage. Users can also modify textures and flavors at this macronutrient construction stage. The micronutrients are stored as liquids, aqueous solutions, or dispersions in sterile pouches and are jetted onto the Macronutrient structure before completion. The result is fresh pizza and cookies in space.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Illinois have teamed up to develop a 3-D printed battery. The battery is smaller than a grain of sand and about as powerful as your cell phone battery. They used two separate lithium metal oxide pastes shaped into a comb-like formation, which hardened to create an anode and cathode. Several hospitals are also using 3-D printing technology to create individualized prosthetics that can be designed to the exact specifications needed. The quality of prosthetic material the printer can produce has also improved to be lighter and stronger than the usual molded prosthetics. The dentistry and orthodontics fields have perhaps had the most integration with these machines to date. Many offices are now creating their own correctable or invisible alignment retainers with the use of 3-D printing. This also cuts out a major cost and saves a tremendous amount of time, by not having to employ a third party to manufacture their goods. With the more recent metals and alloys being utilized, car and gun manufactures are finding these machines to be invaluable.

Additive manufacturing has no doubt had a tremendous impact on the companies already using these machines. As they become more affordable, their impact on society and businesses will increase as will the demand. Imagine being able to create specialized tools, toys, furniture, house wares (even electronic components such as lamps), food, and just about any product at home. 3-D printing makes all this reality. The impact 3-D printing will have on society and businesses will revolutionize the way we live and carry out our normal routines. And being able to specialize and control every detail and feature of a 3-D manufactured object has model enthusiasts excited. They are now able to create exact replica models of train cars, planes, ships, and automobiles. Even big cooperations such as Nike have invested in these machines due to their variant production capabilities and cost effectiveness. Many artists have also started experimenting with additive manufacturing to bring their creative visions to life that would not otherwise be possible through subtractive manufacturing or molding.

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The Pantum Printer series are a compilation of compact or footprint laser printers designed especially for small office environments printing black and white documents on a frequent basis. These machines’ sole purpose is to bring companies, schools, and businesses an affordable solution to high volume printing in a timely manner. Using proprietary technology, Pantum has focused on bringing two types of printers to the market. Currently they are producing monochrome or black and white Single Function Printers (SFP), as well as monochrome Multifunction Printers (MFP). With the new Pantum line of printers, Seine Technologies now has full vertical integration. They have created the internal components and consumables for years and are now manufacturing the actual printers, completing their industry chain on printing.

Not aimed at the corporate laser market, Siene Technologies decided to introduce its first printer model series with a target on small and medium businesses. This is interesting when you look to some other printer manufactures, mostly all starting by producing machines for the upper echelon, corporate / government use or the more common, home usage and then expanding according to demand. Small businesses are usually thought of last, not having the deep pockets or money to spend like big corporations and because there is always a risk of longevity (how long the business will stay open). For example, HP (Hewlett Packard) started by selling electric oscillators to Walt Disney Studios, not exactly a small or medium sized business. Xerox, after growing from manufacturing and selling photographic paper to huge corporations, developed the Xerography machines with the help of the U.S. military. David Owen in Copies in Seconds relates:

The U.S. military’s concern that standard reconnaissance using photographic techniques would be nullified, if nuclear weapons were used. The silver halide emulsion in photographic plates is extremely sensitive to background radiation. Nuclear fallout could easily cause silver halide emulsions to fog. In 1948, the Signal Corps, at Fort Monmouth, N.J., gave Batelle and Haloid (Xerox) a considerable amount of money to look at electro-photography as an alternative to conventional photography. Military imperatives thus provided an important source of funding to help underwrite early xerography R&D.

And some other companies like Brother, started by selling household appliances commercially, such as domestic sewing machines and typewriters. Seine Tec decided to go in a different direction with its new venture into creating a series of printers for small and medium sized businesses. Already being a global leading laser printer consumables manufacturer for the last ten years, the company has had a unique perspective on the laser printing market. Noticing the lack of printers focusing on smaller businesses and their needs, they created a separate division of the company to manufacture a new printer series called Pantum.

Typically, small businesses are looking for reliable printers that can produce printouts at extremely high speeds with professional quality text and images. And perhaps the most important aspect small businesses are looking for in a laser printer is a low cost of operation. The models released by Pantum deliver just that. These machines will be able to print around 11 – 40 pages per minute in resolutions up to 1200 x 600 dpi. Also having an extremely simple design allows them to use an integrated drum and toner cartridge, removing a major hidden maintenance cost behind laser printing. That is, having to purchase a replacement photoconductive drum unit after a given amount of usage in addition to the already purchased toners. Furthermore, other machines that are targeting the lower end of the laser printer market are generally made with cheap plastic components unlike the durable and more reliable steel-made Pantums.

The Pantum printers are built with steel internal components and a robust steel frame for longevity and to withstand normal wear and tear. Having a sturdy steel print engine also ensures a longer mechanical life-span and a higher monthly output than comparative laser printers in its class. With full vertical integration, all components are made in house resulting in the absolute lowest manufacturing costs and bringing an affordable finished product to the market. Currently Pantum offers the PB110 black toner cartridge which will yield up to 1,500 pages averaging out to a cost of 4.19 cents per printout. They also offer a High Yield PB110H laser toner cartridge which yields around 2,300 pages and will average out to a cost of 3.04 cents per printout. Both cartridges were designed for the Pantum P2000 printer and the Pantum P2050 printer. These compact or footprint laser printers are reliable, durable, and most importantly affordable for businesses looking for a professional printing solution.

Source Technologies Toner Cartridges

The STI-204064 and STI-204064H are MICR toner cartridges manufactured from Source Technologies with durability and legibility in mind. These Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) toner cartridges are designed especially for printing checks, WIC vouchers, and other negotiable processing documents. The secret ingredient contained in the toner is the iron oxide, which can be easily deciphered when travelling through a magnetic check clearing system or sorter. The sorting machines used by banks and other financial corporations rely on the toner to contain MICR properties for maximum productivity and security. Their machines process checks at high speeds, up to 20mph and one check with a low magnetic signal strength will halt these machines, resulting in lower processing speeds and potential fees to the check holder. It is crucial to have MICR toner cartridges that contain quality MICR toner components which can be found at Inkgrabber.com.

Once a check has been scanned by a MICR reader it is referred to as a “source document.” The MICR reader will extract vital information unique to each check from a MICR line located towards the bottom of the check. The payment is then processed electronically and digital information is collected into an electronic network (ACH Network), only accessible by the paying bank, an approved government official, or the account holder. The ACH or electronic network is automatically accessed by the check holder (or account holder) when viewing their personal bank statements online. This information is collected at the same time the check or source document is being creating for a more secure way to handle payments.

This also helps to eliminate fraud in two ways. By printing checks using the MICR toner cartridges, companies will eliminate the need for pre-printed check stock paper which is most commonly used for creating fraudulent checks. Pre-printed check stock is needed to print checks with standard laser toner cartridges. Additionally, without the need to stock on specialized paper, costs are significantly reduced. Secondly, as soon as the source document is created a real-time bidirectional confirmation is sent directly into the paying companies audit and reconciliation processes. Utilizing the ACH network, banks and financial corporations can easily detect whether the check is fraudulent as soon as they process the MICR printed document in a magnetic check clearing system. The MICR toner cartridges offer a dynamic way to optimize security of the check printing process.

The Genuine STI 204064 and STI 204064H cartridges are compatible with the Source Technologies ST-9630 printers and the Source Technologies ST-9650 printers. Combining your Source Technologies printer with Inkgrabber’s Genuine Source Technologies toner cartridges and the Genuine Source Technologies sti204064 MICR toner cartridges will create long-lasting source documents that have the durability and integrity to handle passing through several processing stages and / or machines. Moreover, the chemical composition will retain a high MICR signal strength, even after all the processing stages are completed.

Kodak Hero 9.1 Ink Cartridges

The Kodak Hero 9.1 All-in-One Printer is a versatile and nice looking printer. It comes with a slew of features such as:

  • Ability to fax directly from your computer.
  • Google cloud support allowing you to print directly from your smartphone, computer and tablet. It supports both Android and Mac OS.
  • This printer is wi-fi enabled allowing you to print wirelessly when connected to your home or business network.
  • You can assign your Hero 9.1 a Kodak Print Service email address allowing you to email your printer what you want to print. Since it’s e-mail you can do this outside of your wireless network.
  • Integration with Facebook and the Kodak Gallery allows you simplicity when printing your favorite social media pics.

The printer is integrated with a 4.3 inch full color LCD touchscreen allowing extreme simplicity when setting your printer up for the first time. Inkgrabber offers our very own compatible versions of the Genuine Kodak #10 Ink Cartridges. You can buy these directly from Inkgrabber at substantial savings over the Genuine Kodak Brand. We back our brand with a 1 year Satisfaction Guarantee.

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