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How Does Inkless Printing Work?

inkless-printing-zinkHave you ever wondered how the cute pocket sized mobile printers you see popping up in stores have the ability to print full color photos without using ink cartridges, ribbons or toner? You know, like polaroids and portable printers. Well, it’s all in the paper. Via Zink zero-ink printing technology, you can print high resolution, full colour and durable prints on the go without a bulky printer that has multiple parts. 

Zink’s inkless technology works by embedding into paper, advanced heat reactive crystals/molecules that produce colours upon heat stimulation.

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How to Get Printer Ink Off Your Hands

get-printer-ink-off-handsReplacing printer ink cartridges shouldn’t be dirty business but once in a while it can be. When you remove an old ink cartridge and the thing leaks all over your hands, you’ll want to clean it up quick. Sometimes good ol’ soap and water will do the trick but if the stain proves to be more stubborn then don't worry - there are a few household items you can use to get rid of the mess.

Here are a few things you may have lying around your home to help you remove ink from your skin:

Tea Tree Oil

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Why Ink Cartridge Expiry Dates Matter

why-ink-cartridge-expiry-dates-matterLike many other liquid products, your printer’s ink cartridges and toner cartridges have a shelf life. This is precisely why they have expiration dates labeled on them. In the same way that an ink pen at the tail end of its life produces lines that fade in and out or, the ink stops coming out altogether despite the appearance of ink still inside the pen - the same sort of thing happens with an expired printer ink cartridge.    

When an ink cartridge dries up and expires, the ink typically dries up in the cartridge head. This clogs the ink, not allowing it to get through or can also lead the ink to leak and create uneven, unsightly patterns.

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Christmas Printing Ideas: Free Templates!

christmas-2015-printables-free-templatesWith the holiday season fast approaching it can get hectic between parties, planning, preparing, remembering who you need to get gifts for, finding the gifts, and the whole other laundry list of things that need to get done.

Our printers are the last thing we’re thinking of but, it’s this very household item that could help to ease some holiday stress by providing you with some things that you would otherwise have to pick up at the ever so busy stores/malls.

Whether you need gift tags, greeting cards, advent calendars, photos or artwork, your printer can do the job.

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Different Printer Paper Types

printer-paper-typesBuying paper didn’t always seem so complicated. There was a standard type of paper that worked for printers and that was that. Today, most current printer models have the capacity to print on a variety of paper types and different types of media. While there are plenty of specialty media types, for ex. iron-on transfers, stickers and labels, even traditional paper comes in an assortment of types these days.

The type of paper you use can tailor the output of your print job to meet your specific needs. With a little information, you can expand your printing and move beyond boring plain prints if and when the occasion calls for it. 

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Save Money on Printer Ink By Changing Your Font

save-money-on-printer-inkLast year, a 14 year old discovered how to save the US government $136 million per year in printing costs. How? Via a science fair project of course.

6th grader Suvir Mirchandani noticed the increasing number of printed handouts he received daily in his classes and then took it upon himself to figure out how his school could reduce their printer ink consumption. By conducting a series of experiments comparing typefaces and the amount of ink used, he discovered that by simply switching from Times New Roman to Garamond, his school district could save as much as $21,000 per year in ink costs.

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