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Xerox Solid Ink Printer Cuts Waste by 90%
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On May 14, 2009 @ 11:30 am In green gadgets,Innovation | 15 Comments
Ink toner cartridges  are expensive, wasteful, and energy -intensive. That’s why Xerox’s new ColorQube 9200 printers are so innovative. Instead of using traditional cartridges, the printers use solid blocks of ink that melt when heated. Xerox claims that its $23,500 machine–meant squarely for corporate customers–can cut printing costs by 60% and eliminate 90% of all waste. And because solid ink sticks don’t have shells, there aren’t empty cartridges to deal with when the ink runs out.
This isn’t the first time Xerox has launched a solid ink–capable printer . In 2004, the company unveiled the $999 Xerox Phaser 8400. But the printer received poor ratings, with PC World claiming that solid ink scratches off more easily than plastic toner . Since then, Xerox has completely revamped its solid ink system to deliver faster performance .
Unfortunately, Xerox doesn’t plan to release a solid ink–ready  printer for consumers any time soon. If the ColorQube does well, though, expect other companies to get in on the solid ink action.
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Via Venturebeat 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/?p=28949
 cartridges: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/02/02/riti-coffee-printer-greener-gadgets/
 energy: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/04/15/barcelona-flower-market/
 printers : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/16/is-it-green-hp-printers/
 printing : http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/12/oleds-now-can-be-printed-newspaper-style/
 printer: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/10/printable-solar-cells-demonstrated/
 performance: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/01/09/green-plug-the-global-energy-efficient-power-adapter/
 solid ink–ready: http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/22/paint-on-solar-cells/
 consumers : http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/05/06/milan-2009-2000-watt-living-by-gfry-studio/
 + Xerox: http://www.office.xerox.com/solid-ink/enus.html
 Venturebeat: http://venturebeat.com/2009/05/06/xerox-launches-solid-ink-printing-in-bid-to-shake-up-inkjet-market/
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