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Archive for January, 2013

‘Magic Arms’ 3D Printed Exoskeleton Nominated for Design Award

Sometimes…we just don’t have the words. Take four minutes to watch this video:

By way of SmartPlanet:

As SmartPlanet’s Rose Eveleth previously reported, Emma Lavelle was born with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), a genetic condition that causes joints and muscles to stiffen and eventually be rendered useless.

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Formlabs: A Kickstarter Success Story

Form 1 3D printerMashable reported a few days ago on the huge amount of money raised by Formlabs, another 3D Printing company:

Formlabs shattered its $100,000 goal on Kickstarter, and raised $2,945,885 — making the Form 1 3D printer the highest-funded tech campaign in Kickstarter history. The Form 1 can be pre-ordered at the discounted price of $3,299 through its website. Your products will be delivered in May; all pre-orders for April delivery are already sold out. Most 3D printers cost tens of thousands of dollars, so $3,299 is extremely low-cost, to put that price in perspective.

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The Black Market of Office Supplies

Ink thiefMan…people will steal anything to make a buck:

A guy who worked in the “duplicating department” at the law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson has been charged with Grand Larceny for allegedly pilfering an estimated $376,000 worth of copy machine toner and selling it on the black market. Continue reading “The Black Market of Office Supplies” »

3D Printers Take Over The World!

MakerBot Replicator 2XWhat?…it could happen! 

In the meantime, however, these printers may very well be printing the future:

“If you are a MacGyver, a Doc Brown or have a little mad scientist in you, and want to experiment with one of the fullest-featured desktop 3D printers and see where it can take you, the MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental Desktop 3D Printer is for you,” said Makerbot co-founder and CEO Bre Pettis.

We blogged about the merger between Objet and Stratasys back in December and how part of the stated reason  was that 3D Printing was going mainstream. Well, 40 days ago MakerBot’s Replicator 2 was retailing for $2,200.00, a cost we thought was still a tad prohibitive for the “mainstream.” Continue reading “3D Printers Take Over The World!” »

Ink Tech Rewards are HERE!

Let the games begin! Literally…

Rewards Program

As if buying ink & toner at ridiculously low prices weren’t awesome enough, we’ve implemented a rewards program intended both to give back to our most loyal customers and invite new ones to start saving money with every print. Continue reading “Ink Tech Rewards are HERE!” »

Traditional Spending Habits That Can Drive Your Small Business into the Ground

 

One good turn deserves another, so we’re re-blogging part of Forbes’ Jessica Bosari’s article mentioning our ink and toner recycling efforts!

Rein in Your Printing Expenses Printer cartridges are expensive and environmentally-unfriendly. In fact, Xerox asserts that from 1991-2008 the company recycled 2 billion pounds of spent toner cartridges.   Whether you use an old-fashioned ink jet or a fancy new laser printer, you’re probably not happy with your current printing costs. Fortunately, most cartridge manufacturers and retailers participate in cartridge recycling programs. These serve dual purposes: They can reduce your ink or toner costs and may keep millions of non-biodegradable cartridges out of the country’s landfills each year. There are a few different ways to recycle your ink toner for great results. Major office supply stores like Staples and Office Depot offer in-store rebates of $2 to $3 per used cartridge. Dedicated cartridge wholesalers offer even more robust programs that permit business owners to exchange their unusable cartridges for an equal number of freshly-recycled devices.

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What Not To Do With Ink & Toner

Counterfeited USDWe posted this on Facebook yesterday and had to get it up on the blog. Via the New York Times:

A few counterfeit artists still engrave metal plates and search for soft paper that approximates the government’s proprietary blend. Others soak money in a chemical soup, rubbing off ink to create $100 bills out of fives.

But in more than two-thirds of all cases, criminals manipulate scanners, printers and toner ink to create money where once there was none.

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