PrePeat Printer uses no ink nor paper

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Want to take the truly paperless route in your home and office? Why, the PrePeat Printer could be just the thing for you. After all, it uses a new kind of technology which actually achieves “printouts” without using either ink or paper, thanks to a heat sensitive plastic sheet alongside a precision thermal head that “prints” out both gray scale text and images. The paper which it is printed on can be reused simply by feeding the sheets through the printer again, where a different temperature removes everything or rewrites over it. Of course, with most of us printing documents out simply because we want a hardcopy, the PrePeat Printer isn’t exactly cost effective with a price tag of $5,500, not to mention that each sheet of special plastic paper costs $3.30.

Source: OhGizmo!

6 reviews or comments

Zaak Says: February 8, 2010 at 3:22 pm

I like the pencil printer better. This sounds like a reinvent of scantrons that were used back in the day with projectors. Yes, they are reusable and the idea is clever but it will make more plastic waste. The documents will get bent, warped and ruined and become plastic landfill… far better to invent biodegradable ink and paper… and printer for that matter. Keep trying.

Brent Johns Says: December 8, 2010 at 5:04 pm

After doing some research on the Prepeat printer, without taking into consideration the unknowns like the speed of the printer or even how reliable the printer is along with who would be capable of servicing this printer, I have listed an example of cost below;

Purchasing an HP Laserjet 1320n would cost roughly $100.00. This printer is 22ppm and should last approximately 1 million – 2 million prints if serviced regularly. eco-imaging.com sales a Jumbo Yield toner cartridge (Q5949J) for $49.00 with a page yield of 9,200. If you do the math and divide the price of the cartridge by the number of prints ($49.00 by 9,200) = $.0053 per print. That is less than 1/2 a penny per print. Now, divide the cost of the Prepeat printer ($5,500.00 by $.0053) and you’ll see that you can print 1,037,735 for the same cost of the printer.

In comparing prices of paper, although it isn’t as environmentally friendly, it would actually be a little bit less to purchase regular paper to run through a printer if you have a duplex unit on your printer and print both front and back versus the Prepeat paper. It would be $33.00 for their paper and approximately $22.00 – $25.00 to purchase a case of paper. Of course, not knowing the environmental aspect of their paper and the impact that it has on the environment is still an unknow factor to us as well.

Written by Brent C. Johns of eco-imaging.com – 866-228-9030

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