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Mar 15, 2015, 02:55 AM
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For all the 3D printers which you absolutely must buy, there is but 1 printer which has never improved or gone anywhere but up in price: the kind which prints on paper. More specifically, the 44" inkjet. They were $3000, 10 years ago. Now, they're $5000. To this day, they still dry out if not used every week. The refills cost hundreds in the old days & thousands now.

With all the advances in technology that we're told are packed into the 3D printer, absolutely none of it has benefited the inkjet. Hacks of inkjets only amount to reusing the x-y table, making the print head squirt something besides ink, but never expanding the form factor. There is still no consumer offering which can print on 44" paper & no-one has ever hacked an inkjet to do it.

Your best bet is based on a plotter, but it would be glacially slow at printing anything near photo quality, if it ever did. It takes very high resolution to achieve any kind of color gradient.

The Goog found some guy who built a 1 pin dot matrix printer, years ago. http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/tech/printer.html We seemed to have common interests, over the years. It's amazing how primitive everything in the 1980's looks today. In the mind's eye, the 1980's look as new as today.
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