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Ink Sticks: The Evolution of Printing

No longer do workgroups, offices, and households have to deal with leaky cartridges or stains from printer ink. Over the last couple decades, Xerox has been forming a solid ink to be used in printers as a way of applying color to substrates. What they have developed are cartridge-free cubes of solid ink that can be handled just like a crayon. This means less waste, no need to recycle anything as nothing is left over, and no annoying smart chips that prevent users from printing. The ink is simply a solid cube of color that will melt inside the printer and adhere to media passing through the machine.

The ink sticks have similar properties to wax and are a formed from a non-toxic, resin-based polymer, similar to a crayon. This is a unique item that can be handled without fear of smudging on clothes or staining hands or furniture. This breakthrough in ink innovation and color application is also environmentally friendly having a wax-like base that is formed from all natural elements such as plants and food-grade processed vegetable oils.

A huge advantage of the solid ink sticks (also known as color ink stix) is that they do not have any moving, complicated components that the aqueous ink solutions need to be housed in. This eliminates third party manufacturers of cartridge components and keeps everything in house (or made and shipped from one location) for better quality control and care. This will also help to reduce the cost to manufacture the solid ink sticks for lower consumer pricing.

The solid ink sticks are also much easier to transport as their solution will not coagulate in one spot of the cartridge which can cause leaking and uneven ink distribution that lowers the quality and longevity of the applied ink. Moreover, the solid printer ink sticks demand up to 30% less energy to function, lowering the amount of energy needed to print and leaving a smaller carbon footprint.

The Story

In the late 80s and early 90s, scientists started working diligently to bring the next wave of printing advancements to the consumer in the form of an ink replacement that leaves no waste when consumed and will not stain surfaces it comes into contact with. The idea was formed by looking at the design of a stapler, as the staples do not have a need to be housed in a cartridge and are directly loaded into the device with no waste left over after consumption. The replacement staple properties were precisely what they were looking to accomplish with their printer replacement components.

Their ideas culminated on forming a solid ink with no cartridge that users could pick up and load into the printer with their hands. Their main goal for the project was originally to just get color onto the page which turned out to have its own complications. The first concept ink stick required special paper to print onto as the formula would not stick to ordinary surfaces.

Throughout the development process, there were several things to consider in order to bring consumers a product they would actually use and enjoy. For example, when things are complex, they become more expensive for the consumer, so the development team had to find the simplest ways to obtain and create the components that go into the solid ink mixture.

Over the years this solid ink technology has been refined into a crayon like substance that has its own unique properties and molecular makeup. In fact, scientists have created nearly 5000 new molecules and around 700 new dye formulations to create the four standard color ink sticks that provide a wide color gamut and unmatched print quality.

When the ink sticks are printed onto media, they create a thin layer of the resin-like substance on the surface covering anything that was previously on the page. This lets businesses recycle unwanted or used documentation by printing over the unwanted images and texts instead of throwing them out or shredding them. This also gives projects enhanced vibrancy that outclasses inkjet and toner application results.

The formula used to create Color ink sticks are much easier to apply onto substrates making the speeds exponentially higher as well. The steady ink consistency and layering effect of the solid ink sticks give them unmatched printing speeds compared to laser toner and inkjet printing. So far the team at Xerox has been able to reach printing speeds up to 2000 pages per minute, only being limited by the size and power of the stepper motors (or print engines).

Currently, the solid ink sticks are only used in some Xerox printer models including the Xerox ColorQube printers and some Xerox Phaser models.

Xerox WorkCentre 5755 Printer Review

Xerox WorkCentre 5755 All-In-One Printer

Xerox WorkCentre 5755 All-In-One Printer

The heavy-duty Xerox WorkCentre 5755 is an all-in-one printer ideal for the workgroup or office.  This is a very large and durable printer with a monthly cycle being able to handle up to 200,000 printouts and copies each month.  The machine can produce printouts with impressive speeds up to 55 pages per minute. And with one individual toner cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a large 150 sheet Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted copying and scanning allowing you to spend more time on other business. The printer also features a USB interface and fast Ethernet for simple setup and use. This printer even has the finishing capability of stapling printed projects with up to 50 pages per staple.

The Xerox WorkCentre 5755 ink cartridges will create high-quality documents with bold and crisp text.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 1200 dpi. In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes and a variety of presentation paper. The printer also has an Optional Manuel Duplex feature to print 2 sided documents, saving paper.  This is a great printer for those printing and copying black and white documents on a regular basis. The device contains a large 3000 sheet input tray as well as an additional 2000 sheet Multi-Purpose Tray for odd jobs.

To help lower operating costs, cheap Xerox toner cartridges are available from specialty ink retailers.  For individual purchase you can get the Genuine Xerox 6R1046 Black Laser Toner cartridge.

Xerox WorkCentre 3550 Printer Review

Xerox WorkCentre 3550 Multifunction Printer

Xerox WorkCentre 3550 Multifunction Printer

The Xerox WorkCentre 3550 is a multifunction monochrome printer ideal for the home office or small business that will fax regularly.  The machine can produce printouts with impressive speeds up to 35 pages per minute. And with one individual ink cartridge, replacement becomes effortless.  The printer has a 60 sheet Automatic Document Feeder for unassisted faxing, copying, and scanning allowing you to spend more time on other business. The printer also features a USB interface and fast Ethernet for simple setup and use.

The Xerox WorkCentre 3550 ink cartridges will create high-quality documents with bold and crisp text.  This device will be able to print in resolutions up to 1200 dpi. In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes and a variety of presentation paper. The printer also has an Optional Manuel Duplex feature to print 2 sided documents, saving paper.  This is a great printer for those printing and faxing black and white documents on a regular basis. The device contains a large 500 sheet input tray as well as an additional 150 sheet Multi-Purpose Tray for odd jobs.

To help lower operating costs, cheap Xerox ink is available in High Yield cartridges.  For individual purchase you can get the Genuine Xerox 106R01528 Toner cartridge and the Genuine Xerox 106R01530 High Yield Toner cartridge.  The original cartridge will yield about 5,000 pages and the High Yield cartridge will printout approximately 11,000 pages before needing replacement.

Xerox ColorQube 8570 Printer Review

Xerox ColorQube 8570 Workgroup Printer

Xerox ColorQube 8570 Workgroup Printer

The Xerox ColorQube 8570 is a color printer ideal for the workgroup or small office.  The printer has a compact, space-saving design and can create professional quality prints.  The printer can crfeate high quality pictures with resolutions up to 2400 color dpi.  It can print at impressive speeds up to 40 pages per minute for black and white documents and 40 pages per minute for color projects. With individual ink cartridges, you take control of ink usage, only replacing the color that runs out.  The printer also features a USB interface and fast Ethernet for simple setup and use.

The Xerox ColorQube 8570 ink cartridges eject FinePoint Precision Inks for vibrant and rich colors and black inks.  In addition, the printer recognizes and prints directly onto envelopes, labels, and a variety of photo / presentation paper.  This is a compact printer that will easily be able to fit any desktop or work area. This workhorse of a printer can create up to 85,000 pages per month. And to help save paper, the printer features an Optional Duplex Mode for 2 sided printouts.  The printer even has a large 625 sheet input tray for printing multiple pages.

To help lower operating costs, discount Xerox ink cartridges are available from specialty ink retailers. For individual purchase you can get the Genuine Xerox 108R00926 Cyan Solid in stick, the Genuine Xerox 108R00927 Magenta Solid in stick, the Genuine Xerox 108R00928 Yellow Solid in stick, and the Genuine Xerox 108R00929 Black Solid in stick. Each ink stick will yield approximately 4,400 pages.


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