Thursday March 29, 2012
Ah, springtime. New blossoms, pollen in the air, and a hankering for starting that spring cleaning. But organization projects can be daunting. Why not enlist the help of a label printer? You'll find lots of reviews of label printers right here; and if you've already got one but are stuck for ideas, you can browse through Epson's YouTube channel and find some great new ways to use the wide variety of colors and materials available for that company's label printers, such as the LabelWorks LW-400. Try glow-in-the-dark colors for things stored in basements, iron-ons for clothing and fabric, and metallic or fluorescent for getting that garage in order. Save your eyesight by using large font sizes for items that are big enough to accommodate them, and take advantage of the built-in memory that most label printers have these days so that you don't have to start from scratch each time.
Monday March 19, 2012
Whether you're working in a busy professional office or are just a one-person show with offices in your basement, a laser printer can be a huge benefit. Laser and LED printers offer great print speeds, so that you can print as fast as three seconds per page, and fantastic final products (as long as you don't really want to print photographs, though graphics typically look great). Best of all, pricing on laser and LED printers is getting closer to inkjet pricing--and while toner refills aren't cheap, they do last a very long time. The list of Best Laser / LED Printers has been updated with some new pricing and some new units. When you start your search for a new printer, consider taking the plunge on a laser printer and you probably won't be dissatisfied.
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Ok, you've read a lot about 3-D printing, from printing new prosthetic limbs to creating custom cufflinks. All great, exciting stuff, but so...large. No worries. Scientists at the Vienna University of Technology have shown that 3-D printing need not be consigned only to very big--or even slightly large--projects. They're using 3-D (or additive) printing technology to create realistic-looking sculptures that can be measured in hundreds of nanometers. As a reminder, a nanometer is one billionth of a meter. Blue light has a wavelength of about 475 nanometers. That's pretty small. How does it work? According to the scientists, "The 3D printer uses a liquid resin, which is hardened at precisely the correct spots by a focused laser beam. The focal point of the laser beam is guided through the resin by movable mirrors and leaves behind a polymerized line of solid polymer, just a few hundred nanometers wide. This high resolution enables the creation of intricately structured sculptures as tiny as a grain of sand." Their printer is also fast, the scientists say, able to print as much as five meters per second. That opens the doors to much bigger, and more practical, 3-D printed objects.
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Canon's newest Pixma printer, the MX892, offers a lot for not so much money. At about $200, the printer offers scanning, faxing, and copying capability, in addition to wired or wireless networking, an automatic document feeder, and lots of other options that are often only for more expensive printers. What you won't get is a printer that's particularly fast, or all that quiet. Well, as John Barth once wrote, life choices are trade-offs, dear reader, and while he wasn't referring specifically to printers, the lesson holds true here. Not that you necessarily have to trade speed for quality, but while this printer doesn't provide much of the former, it does have a great deal of the latter, particularly when it comes to printing photos, where the MX892 really shines. Want to learn more about the pros and cons of the newest Canon Pixma printer? Read the Full Review for more details.