Archive for November, 2012

Can 3D Printing Change the Future?

3D Fenway Park

An industrial 3D printer was used to make this 3×5 foot replica of Fenway Park.

Over the last two decades 3D printing has evolved from an innovative concept to a soon-to-be staple on both small and large scales.  In the years to come, as these 3D printers develop further, our homes, cars and offices may be equipped with a 3D printer.  We may even be able to print our own medication.  Today, there are a variety of products being created by 3D printers, such as eyeglasses and furniture.

At this point, 3D printing is used primarily for rapid prototyping.  This means parts for cars, for instance, are being designed on a computer and printed by a 3D printer to serve as a prototype for the actual car parts, which are then manufactured in more traditional ways.  Many experts compare the current status of 3D printing to the development of Apple computers when they were still being produced in Steve Jobs’ garage.  In that context, it feels a bit like standing on the edge of an entirely new way of life.

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The History of Ink [Infographic]

Ink has been used for centuries to create art, define law, document history and customize homes.  From the early days of making ink from ground plants and minerals to the first fountain ink pen all the way to inkjet printers, ink has developed into something we use every day.  The use of printer ink, especially, is present everywhere- the pictures hanging on the walls, the books collected on the shelves, the labels on medicine bottles and produce.

At Ink Technologies, we work exclusively with printer ink manufacturers that believe in the same high quality standard as we do.  We take pride in our compatible and remanufactured ink products and strive to provide only the best.  We also know how important it is to understand the history of ink and to prepare for the future of ink.

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Printing with Edible Ink

Edible Buzz Lightyear CakeDid you know there is printer ink available that is edible?  The concept of edible ink may seem unusual, but chances are you have seen it (and maybe even eaten it) before.  Have you ever been to a kid’s birthday party that had a cake with a picture of Buzz Lightyear on it?  Though cake designers are talented artists, many of the incredible images you see on these cakes are not intricately drawn on by hand with a bag of icing, but are actually printed with edible ink.

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