Is 'water-jet' the next big printer innovation?
— By Tyler Falk on January 29, 2014, 5:24 AM PST
Great pioneering research. I control the bleeding of ink- sizing of specialty handmade papers using a waxy derivative that is immiscible in water. My L'Unit Sizings are: 100LUS ml/kg of dry paper for standard writing paper; upto 200LUSml/kg for art paper. I could trial his theory with a batch of super smooth 150gsm paper. http://members.tripod.com/leslie_westerlund/
I don't see this this working either. printing 10 copies for a meeting that is 2 hours away, wouldn't the paper be dry by then and therefore unreadable? Timing is everything with disappearing ink.
This could lead to a whole new product, humidity stabilized transport tubs for your wet paper handouts. Will the staples rust?
Won't the print media get grubby, crumpled and torn pretty quickly, and end up in paper recycle anyway - esp. the mentioned newspapers/magazines. Many printers are pretty fussy about less than pristine paper, and I think the practicalities of this will be an Achilles heel.
I can see the attraction, by as you say perhaps not printing it in the first place, is the best end solution.
Once in production volumes, what's the cost of the 'special reusable paper', and inks, as you have unfortunately omitted this critical context from the otherwise good article. Esp. as standard economy laser paper is around £2-3GBP/$3-4USD a ream any way, and most business printing is still in monochrome, as has little need for color.
@Neil Postlethwaite You're right. I can definitely see that being a problem. I know my printer has issues with just about every other new piece of paper I print, let alone paper that I reuse.
Price of the treated paper will certainly make or break this innovation. If it's too high and needs to be replaced every few prints because of bad printers, like mine, it won't succeed, even if in theory one piece should last longer. Unfortunately, the process hasn't left the lab so it's too early to speculate on the retail price.