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The Imaging Resource Digital Photography Newsletter

Review Date: June 2009

Touchsmart interface connects to Web to print coupons, tickets, boarding passes without a computer.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Across the street from the ballpark where Giants fans have become accustomed to the grand dreams of Spring withering with the autumn leaves, Hewlett-Packard announced new printing technology it will introduce in September. The HP Photosmart Premium printer is an all-in-one device using the company's TouchSmart Web technology to print online content without waking up your computer. It's the world's first Web-connected home printer.

At the event, held at Current TV headquarters on King St., Vyomesh Joshi, HP executive vice president of the Imaging and Printing Group, unveiled the new device. He was later joined in a panel discussion moderated by Sarah Lane, Tech channel producer, with four HP partners in this new approach from Google,, Nickelodeon and Fandango.

Afterwards, we took a look at the new printer in action and got a few images of the interface posted in an HP Premium gallery.

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During his opening remarks, Joshi said HP introduced its first home printer 25 years ago, riding the personal computer wave. But now the company was leaving the computer behind to print content directly from the Web.

New World. The world of Web apps on your printer.

Just as photos have moved from analog prints to digital photography and many other analog products, including social networking and video, have "gone digital," Joshi said he expects printing to go digital to keep up with a "content explosion" on the Web. And HP wants a part of that.

"Printing will continue to grow," Joshi said, because even at a constant seven percent print rate, the number of pages are exploding from 312 extabytes to 3,000. An extrabyte is a million terabytes, he explained (a terabyte being a million megabytes).

So HP wants to make sure its customers have wireless access to the Web and that printing is very easy. For 25 years, you had to use your computer to print anything but today's announcement, he said, unleashes the printer from your computer. You will be able to print anything you can get on your computer with an HP Premium printer alone.

The Web-connected printer and the "power of touch" using HP's TouchSmart technology combine to make that possible.

The first all-in-one was introduced in 1993, he said, and has evolved into a wireless device that can print anything. But today it will become a Web appliance, too. "What we want to do," he said, "was to have the world's first Web-connected home printer."

Joshi then demonstrated how the new printer connects to the Web using small apps associated with each Web site to deliver its content to the printer.

Formatted Maps. The app formats the map (unlike your browser).

The apps are displayed in uniform icons across the large LCD on the printer. A swipe of your finger scrolls through the available apps. You can get new ones, too (but you aren't really downloading software, just a link to the Web site's HP service).

Tap the icon for, say, and you can look through the available coupons, tap the ones you want to print and then print up to three on a sheet in color or black and white.

No worries about the printer driver or formatting the page or what printing application to use. Instead, the printer makes it easy to find the coupons you want and print them to take to the store. It's the power of customizing and personalizing the Web, Joshi said.

And what goes for coupons goes for recipes and maps and even newspapers, Joshi said. It can be your daily ritual to print out your favorite sources to take with you on your train ride or flight.

"We are giving the customer the all-in-one that can be connected to the PC in wireless fashion," he summarized. "But now you have access to the Web directly."

To encourage the development of printing apps for the new system, HP has developed an open application programming interface for building them. The company hopes Web sites will develop their own custom apps for the printer. To that end, the company partnered with Google, Nickelodeon, Fandango and to show the way. In addition, HP has developed apps for its own Snapfish image sharing service.

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In the panel discussion following Joshi's remarks, the details of the new printing capability became a little more fleshed out.

Panel. Lane, Joshi, Williams, Boal, Dardinski, Jones

The HP partners on the panel included Michael Jones, Google chief technology advocate, Steven Boal, president and chief executive officer of, David Williams, senior vice president and general manager of Nickelodeon Kids and Family Games Group, and Rachel Dardinski, director of marketing for Fandango.

Moderator Lane's first question to the group was the obvious one: why's the approach make sense for your company?

Jones, eyeing this from the perspective of Google maps, liked the accessibility and usefulness the printer provides. "Where ever there's a printer," he said, "you have a portal to the Web." And it lets you take the output with you in a permanent form.

Dardinski, the Fandango representative, sees it as being where the consumers are, making the sale on their turf rather than requiring them to be at a certain place at a certain time.

Boal, from, finds it "a natural fit" for coupons, which were introduced in newspapers in 1894. Newspapers, the primary carrier for the 350 billion coupons delivered in the U.S. every year, have been declining but in the last three years digital coupons have grown from one to five percent. So this technology is a natural fit.

Keyboard. Very large, clear keyboard.

Williams observed his company wants to entertain kids and make life easier for moms. This does both. Moms can print activity booklets, for example, at the last minute as something to do on the long car trip.

Joshi elaborated on that, pointing out it's wireless so you can put it anywhere. And it's very easy to use, he said. HP is starting out with a $399 device using the technology but eventually, he predicted, it will be available in even $99 printers.

Lane asked the group if they'd noticed trends in the industry that make this technology "not just cool but necessary?"

Boal said there were probably more articles written about using cell phones to display coupons than the number of cell phone coupons actually redeemed. How, after all, do you use a cell phone coupon at the supermarket checkout stand? Paper coupons, he said, still have about 10 years of useful life before digital coupons will be as convenient.

Williams observed that 30 percent of Google map users print maps every week and an additional 30 percent print a map every day, about 100 million people total. So there's a need to print a map for an awful lot of people. And this makes it easy.

Dardinski added that printing movie tickets with a bar code lets customers bypass the lines and go straight to the ticket taker.

When Lane asked the group to highlight some features they'd like to see in future apps, Boal said he's already got it. The ability to customize what kind of offers he's interested in and delivery them at a specific time.

Dardinski would like to see recipes, she said, which are something you want in hand when you're cooking.

Jones likes to have printed maps and "an incredibly hard Sudoku puzzle" every day.

Inks. Single ink cartridges include photo black, magenta, cyan, yellow and text black.

Williams liked being able to print games, too, but said for him it was all about being in control, selecting which games to print, having "the puzzles I want" rather than being stuck with a big fat book of puzzles.

Lane wondered how Joshi would answer those concerned about the paper usage issue.

Start with the customer, he said, who has a specific task to do of which there is a necessary printing component. Like printing a map. You have to have the physical map to bring with you on the trip. This revolutionary technology is really at the service of some common, familiar needs.

Digital photography, he said, is a good example. People thought it would change everything but what we are seeing is that people want to customize and organize their photos and to then print photo books.

Lane asked about coupon printing now that people aren't buying as many newspapers.

Boal said newspaper coupons were redeemed at a rate of half a percent but coupons printed from the Web are redeemed at a rate of 17 percent and are integrated into shopping lists. You don't have to wait for the paper to come out either.

Joshi said since all newspapers and 60 percent of magazines are thrown away, printing just the coupons you need on your printer is more efficient. There's much less waste.

Boal added that every coupon in a publication comes with a full page ad, so there's even more waste in publishing them. But the app prints three coupons per page and at an average of a dollar savings each that's the most cost effective use of your printer you can make.

Williams emphasized that it's characteristic of the Web in general as "a personal voyage of discovery." What you search for is a tiny fraction of what's available on the Web but it's 100 percent of what you actually care about.

Boal said consumers want to customize and create. It used to be a one-way street but now it's an interactive process, which this technology facilitates.

It's a pull not push technology, Joshi said. The customer decides, not the publisher.

Lane then asked Joshi where the technology will evolve from here.

This is just the beginning. You launch a product and then you learn from the customers and launch the next product. He doesn't expect this to be a three year cycle but a much shorter one. By this time next year, he said, he expects to see many more apps for the printer. There will be speed issues, connectivity issues, services levels to be discussed. It will be very exciting.

What's the revenue model, Lane asked.

The starting point, he said, is an all-in-one device just like any other. The good thing is there is no premium pricing for this new technology. You're buying an all-in-one but it includes more capability.

He said he believes in a simple business model. Delight the customer and they will print. And enable the developers to make the apps.

Lane confessed to Dardinski that she finds it a hassle to go to the movies and asked how this technology helps.

Going to the movies is still a popular form of entertainment. But this makes it a lot easier to do, she answered. You skip the long lines and for those shows that sell out before the movie is even released, you can buy your tickets in advance.

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After a brief question and answer session, we were able to get a closer look at a few models in action.

Our accompany Fact Sheet details the printer, scanning, copy and fax specification, which reveal the Premium to be a very fast all-in-one featuring HP's new single ink cartridges (black, photo black, cyan, magenta and yellow). The paper tray in front delivers letter-size sheets or photo paper up to 5x7 in a separate tray. Scan resolution is 4800x1200 and the fax address book can store up to 60 numbers. You can connect to the printer wirelessly (802.11 b/g/n), via USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, Ethernet or Bluetooth. A card reader is also built-in.

Like the HP C4680 all-in-one we recently reviewed, the real highlight of the device is the touchscreen menu system. As we said of that unit, "The decision tree is very clear and easy to manage, even better than Canon's (our previous favorite). HP isn't wrong to beat its breast about how simple it is to use the C4680. If you've never used one of these before, you'll get more done sooner with this one."

You might worry that tossing the Web into that menu system might convolute things, but while the printer accesses the Web, you really aren't. You don't use a browser. You select an app.

So the first big issue is whether or not there's an app for what you want to do. You can't, for example, select an Imaging Resource gallery shot and print it on 4x6 paper because Imaging Resource hasn't written an app for that. You can't even browse our site. In fact, you can't browse any site.

You can only connect to a site and interact with it to the extent the app hosted on the site allows you. Since apps are free, there's little incentive for third-party developers to develop them. But you might see a Wordpress app for the printer that would let bloggers using Wordpress allow you to print pictures on their blogs, for example.

The Snapfish app, illustrated in our gallery, is a good example. You click on the Snapfish icon, enter your user name and password with the onscreen keyboard, and then your images are displayed on the LCD (rather than the Snapfish interface you're familiar with on your computer). You select which images you want to print and provide the print command (no slide shows, no product ordering that we could see). And that's it.

The apps do a lot of formatting for you that the HP techs were proud to show off. Google maps doesn't print the Web page with the map embedded but the map itself with a notes section, if you want. A Google calender is printed full-page in a landscape orientation. And so on.

If that reminds you a little of HP's built-in ruled papers printing, no one will blame you. It's a little like that, only using the Web as the source for the image rather than some popular images in firmware.

The apps themselves are not really resident on the printer, we were told, although you can "get" apps from the printer. The Web site hosts the code and the printer merely accesses it. This helps protect the printer from security issues.

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The unanswerable question we had leaving Current TV was whether you could revolutionize Web display with, uh, paper and ink. Clearly HP wants to sell a lot more ink -- and if a compelling number of apps start appearing it may provide away the printers.

The coupon example seemed to answer no. While we appreciated Boal's argument that paper coupons are universally accepted, the big problem is that printers aren't portable. Portability matters quite a bit here. How many Borders coupons have you printed without using them before they expired? How many have you not printed and then found yourself in the store wishing you had?

An iPhone, though, is portable and of sufficient resolution to present a scannable bar code. In fact, Greg Grunberg's Yowsa iPhone app will tell you what coupons are active in nearby stores and makes it very easy for the merchants themselves to deploy coupons. Because the phone's always with you, so are your coupons. And if you want to do a little comparison shopping at the list minute, well, you can.

Maps, too, seem transitional if far from obsolete. Who hasn't printed out directions and a map? And yet with the growing popularity of GPS navigation, how long will that be going on? Would you buy a new car without GPS?

There may be some usefulness in printing a boarding pass or ticket ahead of time, particularly if you can avoid standing in line longer than it takes to print the thing. But at what point do you resent paying for the ink and paper for the airline or studio? It's a convenience that's costing you money.

But what's most troubling about this revolution is the requirement for every single site to develop their own app for the printer. That's going to be a real problem for a long time. You can't really customize unless you can choose and you can't choose until the site becomes available.

The partners said development of their apps was rapid, taking only weeks instead of months. They're a mix of HTML5 and Java, apparently. But that's an investment we don't see being made casually by many sites (like Imaging Resource where you might want to print the current news, demo images, the newsletter, a review). Perhaps the New York Times will follow USA Today in developing an app, but will Engadget? Will your favorite RSS feeds come with apps? It seems a flawed solution to depend on others for something as fundamental as this.

The thing needs a browser, period, with selective printing of page elements. And an email reader would be just the ticket for those inline photos from your sister-in-law. Tap the photo to print it on 4x6 photo paper and forget the message.

On the old other hand, HP isn't charging a premium for the Premium and you won't have to install HP's horrendous drivers on your computer to use the printer. If what's available now (coloring books, Snapfish photos, coupons, movie tickets) is of interest, why not buy the HP instead of the Canon or the Kodak all-in-one?

Well, we can think of a reason or two. In our review of the C4680 we weren't terribly impressed with the image quality. So if printing great pictures is what you're really interested in, you might skip the HP. We can't really say until we've put it to the test, though.

If we came away underwhelmed, we only had to cross the street to the ball park to remember the season isn't over yet.

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HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web is the world's first Web-connected home printer. Powered by touch, this sleek device provides quick, simple touchscreen access to important, useful and personal online content -- without the need for a PC. (1) With the largest LCD touchscreen of any all-in-one inkjet printer (4.33 inches), the HP TouchSmart Web control panel conveniently connects users to the Web (1) via pre-installed print apps. These apps enable easy printing of maps, coupons, movie tickets, recipes and more from partners including Google, DreamWorks, Fandango and Coupons Inc., among others.

Users can also connect to Snapfish and the HP Creative Studio directly from the HP Photosmart Premium Web, which saves time and enables customers to archive or print photos from the site like never before -- just touch, print and go. (3)

A versatile printing solution with print, fax, copy and scan functionality, the HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web is perfect for multi-tasking households -- meeting all their high-quality home printing needs in one premium product, from laser-quality text to lab-quality photos. With a full range of wired and wireless connectivity options, this printer provides the freedom and flexibility to print directly from WiFi enabled PCs, Bluetooth-enabled devices, the iPhone and the iPod touch using HP iPrint Photo. (4)

This Energy Star-qualified all-in-one helps users save paper with automatic two-sided printing and reduces packaging waste by using an innovative, reusable bag.


  1. Customize the HP TouchSmart Web screen with a variety of apps (1) and add new ones simply by touching "Get More" right on the screen. Current partners include:
  • Google maps for printing directions
  • Fandango for movie tickets
  • Snapfish for accessing and printing photo albums
  • Google calendars for viewing and printing personal calendars
  • DreamWorks for movie trailers and family printables such as coloring pages
  • Coupons Inc. for printing coupons and recipes
  • Weather News Inc. for up-to-date weather information
  • Disney for family printing activities
  • Sudoku for printing puzzles
  • Nickelodeon for activities kids can enjoy based on the network's characters
  • New print apps from HP partners will continue to be available to customers and in the future consumers will be able to create their own unique apps. (2)
  • Quickly print fun and useful templates such as fax cover sheets, calendars, notebook paper and games such as Sudoku, with the convenient Quick Forms button. (1)
  • Use the HP TouchSmart Web control panel to edit and print photos, send faxes, scan documents and make copies, in addition to printing from the Web. (1)
  • Easily drag and drop photos to a desktop icon from virtually anywhere (5) -- folders, applications, email and Web sites -- for printing with the HP Photo Print Gadget. (6)
  • Prevent common printing mistakes and save paper by ensuring that prints are loaded correctly and that settings are optimized for image quality and print speed with HP Auto Sense technology. (7)
  • Simply touch one button for wireless set-up, making adding the printer to a home network easier than ever. (8)
  • Print borderless 4x6-inch photos stored on an iPhone or iPod touch using HP iPrint Photo, the first photo printing application of its kind (9) -- available for free in the Apple App Store.
  • Directly print from a Playstation 3 -- capture and print screens to show off as proof of achievements. (9)
  • 10) Energy Star qualified -- use less energy, save money and help reduce the environmental impact of printing.

    11) Easily print Web pages with HP Smart Web Printing (10) and save both ink and paper by combining multiple Web pages onto one printed page.

    12) Use Windows Live Photo Gallery to easily edit, store and print photos, make photo cards, calendars and more.

    13) Enjoy convenient and responsible ink cartridge recycling at no additional cost through HP Planet Partners. (11)

    14) Identify features that reduce environmental impact with the HP Eco Highlights label.

    15) Replace each cartridge separately when it's needed with individual inks.

    16) Original HP inks: Print photos with enhanced detail using dual-drop volume technology that delivers an extremely small drop size.


    Print Specifications (12)
    • Print speeds of up to 33 pages per minute black and up to 32 ppm color; 4x6-inch photos as fast as 18 seconds
    Scan Specifications
    • 4800x9600-dpi optical resolution scanning (13)
    • 48-bit color scanning
    Copy Specifications
    • Up to 33 copies-per-minute in black and up to 32 cpm in color (12)
    • Up to 4800x1200 dpi black copying with 1200 scan dpi
    • Up to 4800 optimized dpi color copying
    Fax specifications
    • Store up to 60 phone numbers
    • 17.99 inches (w) x 19.33 inches (d) x 7.76 inches (h)
    • 16.53 lbs.
    • Pictbridge
    • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed, 802.11 b/g/n wireless, Ethernet and Bluetooth
    • Microsoft Windows Vista or XP SP1 or higher; Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5 or v10.6
    • Windows 7 ready. Some features may not be available.(14) For more information go to
    • HP products are backed by HP Total Care -- service options in and out of warranty plus access to 24x7 real-time award-wining chat support and email response in about an hour.
    • Enhanced support services include an exclusive toll-free number featuring trained experts and one-year repair with "Next Business Day Turnaround," including brand new units for the first 30 days after purchase. More information is available at
    Original HP Printing Supplies (15)
    • HP 564 Black Photosmart Ink Cartridge: $11.99
    • HP 564 Photo Black, Yellow, Cyan and Magenta Photosmart Ink Cartridges: $9.99 each
    • HP 564xL Black Photosmart Ink Cartridge: $34.99 (16)
    • HP 564xL Photo Black, Yellow, Cyan and Magenta Photosmart Ink Cartridges: $17.99(16) each
    • HP Advanced Photo Paper (50 sheets, 8.5x11-inch): $21.99 (16)
    • Everyday printing papers with the ColorLok logo. Available in all regions.
    Pricing and Availability
    • Estimated U.S. street price of $399.99. (15)
    • Expected to be available for purchase September 2009 in North America.


    (1) Requires an Internet connection to the printer.

    (2) Coming soon.

    (3) Requires a account and an Internet connection to the printer.

    (4) Using HP iPrint Photo software. Free get available from Apple's App Store, details at

    (5) Wireless performance depends on physical environment and distance from access point.

    (6) Requires Windows Vista

    (7) When using HP Advanced Photo Paper.

    (8) Requires a WPS router with an integrated push-button. Wireless performance depends on physical environment and distance from access point.

    (9) Printing screen captures is only available on games that support this feature.

    (10) For Windows only. Requires Internet Explorer 6.0 to 8.0.

    (11) HP ink cartridges return and recycling is available in 41 countries and territories around the world; see for details.

    (12) After first page. More information about print speeds is available at

    (13) Maximum resolution may be limited by PC system and scan size.

    (14) Does not support Windows XP Professional x64.

    (15) Estimated U.S. street price. real price may vary.

    (16) Not included, please purchase separately.

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    Killexams : HP Printer Scanner not working in Windows 11/10

    When it comes down to printers, HP is one of the biggest in the market. The company manufactures some of the best printers and scanners available today, but that doesn’t mean the products are without problems. Some users are having problems with the scanner in their HP printer failing to work as it should. Apparently, when attempts are made to scan documents, the printer fails to follow through on the command. There is no official error code when the failure happens, but that doesn’t matter. What matters here is whether or not the issue can be fixed. And we are here to report that it can be with little effort on your part.

    This is a common problem with printers that include scanners, not just the HP branded ones. But worry not because the problem can be solved with relative ease. The options you have are:

    1. Reset the printer scanner
    2. Check printer scanner compatibility with Windows 11/10
    3. Use HP Print and Scan Doctor software
    4. Reinstall the official HP printer software
    5. Check if Windows Image Acquisition is running

    1] Reset the printer scanner

    The first thing you may want to do here is to reset the printer scanner. This is a simple task; therefore, we do not expect most users to find it too difficult to get done.

    To reset the printer scanner, the user must power it down, and from there, unplug the power cord from the socket. Wait for up 10 to 20 seconds, and after that, plug the device back into the power socket and reboot.

    You can now go ahead, and check to see if the scanner is still failing to work in the way that it should.

    2] Check printer scanner compatibility with Windows 11/10

    Upgrading to either of these operating systems can cause your printer to buckle when scanning. Maybe it has a lot more to do with compatibility than anything else. To find out what is really happening, we suggest visiting HP Printers – Windows 10 Compatible Printers.

    From that page, you can check to see if your particular HP printer is compatible with Windows 10/11 operating systems.

    3] Use HP Print and Scan Doctor software

    HP Scan and Print Doctor

    HP has its own tool for troubleshooting, and it is called Print and Scan Doctor. The software is designed to fix problems relating to all of its printer models where scanning and printing are concerned.

    • Download the software from the official HP Print and Scan Doctor for Windows webpage.
    • After installing it to your computer, you must now go through the setup process by selecting your printer. From there, click on Fix Scanning to move on to the next step.
    • After the troubleshooting is complete, the software will let the user know if any problems have been fixed.

    4] Reinstall the official HP printer software

    Run dialog box Services

    OK, so chances are the HP printer software is not working properly, hence the scanning issues many users are facing. Your best bet at this point is to simply reinstall the software in hopes things will return to normal.

    • Open the Run dialog box by right-clicking on the Start menu button, then select Run.
    • From within the box, please type appwiz.cpl, then hit the OK button or the Enter key to open Programs and Features.
    • Right-click on the official HP printer software via Programs and Features, then hit Uninstall.
    • Restart your Windows operating system promptly.
    • Navigate to the official HP support page to get and install the correct software designed for your HP printer.

    Once installed, restart your computer then check again to see if the scanner is working according to your requirements.

    5] Check if Windows Image Acquisition is running

    Windows Image Acquisition

    In some cases, the reason behind the issues with your HP scanner has much to do with Windows Image Acquisition being disabled.

    • To do this, begin by pressing the Windows key + R to fire up the Run dialog box.
    • From within the box, then, please type services.msc, then hit the Enter key.
    • From the Names category, scroll down until you come across Windows Image Acquisition (WIA).
    • Double-click on Windows Image Acquisition to open its Properties window.
    • Select the General tab, and from there, you will want to navigate directly to Startup.
    • Change the Startup to Automatic, and from there, click on Start > Apply > OK.

    Restart your computer and we now expect things to be working in proper order, or at least, we hope.

    ReadWe couldn’t find a fingerprint scanner compatible with Windows Hello Fingerprint

    Why is my HP scanner not working?

    If there are missing or outdated scanner drivers, then that can cause your HP scanner to cease from working properly. As it stands, then, you should always keep your drivers up to date, and this can be done in one of two ways: Manually or automatically.

    Why won’t my printer scan to my computer?

    Ensure the printer is on and connected to your computer, whether it’s a laptop or the desktop variety. If that doesn’t work, then visit the official HP website at, get HP Print and Scan Doctor for Windows, and run the troubleshooter.

    How do I enable my HP printer to scan?

    You must use the HP Printer Assistant application to Enable Scan to Computer if it has been disabled. To do this, click on the Start Menu button, and from there, select All Apps. Click HP from the list of apps, and then select the printer name.

    How do I reset my HP printer scanner?

    Turn off the HP printer scanner device. Disconnect the power cable for 30 seconds and then reconnect. Turn on the product while you press and hold the Resume button for around 10 to 20 seconds until the attention light turns on. Finally, release the Resume button, and right away both the Attention and Ready lights should cycle through as the product restores to the factory default settings.

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    Killexams : HP reveals next move in making 3D printing competitive with injection molding

    HP (Palo Alto, CA) has a storied past, but it may have an even more glorious future if it is able to deliver on its vision of industrial-scale 3D printing that can rival injection molding. Its opening salvo in achieving this long-term ambition came just about one year ago, when it unveiled the HP Jet Fusion 3D Printing Solution, which prints quality parts up to 10 times faster and at half the cost of current 3D printers, according to HP. The existing milestone came last week, when it launched its 3D Open Materials and Application Lab at its sprawling facility in Corvallis, OR. HP invited several journalists, myself included, and analysts to tour the lab and to lay out its strategy for embedding 3D printing within the $12 trillion manufacturing sector.

    The Corvallis facility, a stone’s throw from Oregon State University’s Reser Stadium, was the birthplace of thermal inkjet technology some 30 years ago, and remains a hotbed of innovation, where material scientists and engineers design, test and build printheads, silicon wafers and thermal inkjet printer heads. Right now, all eyes are on the capabilities of its additive manufacturing system and the development of compatible materials.

    Multi Jet Fusion is the culmination of decades of research, Timothy Weber, PhD, Vice President and General Manager of 3D Materials and Advanced Applications, told journalists during the site visit. “The total market for 3D printing is around $5 to $6 billion,” said Weber. “The market wasn’t big enough to interest a $50+ billion company like HP, and we didn’t have a technological differentiator,” he added to explain why the company waited as long as it did before dipping its toe in the additive manufacturing pond. That changed with the development of Multi Jet Fusion technology, which has the potential to compete with conventional plastics processing techniques, and the ability to engineer materials at the voxel level.

    The mighty voxel

    HP describes the voxel as a volumetric pixel. With Multi Jet Fusion, HP can manipulate materials at the voxel level by dosing liquid functional agents in the powder bed as the parts are built, explained Mike Regan, Materials Director on Weber’s team. “After we spread the powder [during the Multi Jet Fusion process], we pattern with our liquid fusing agent. At that point in time, we can can also decide which voxel we want to address with additional agents—color, plasticizer, an electrical component or something else—resulting in a part that is built up not just with its mechanical properties but other physical properties, as well.”

    Find out what’s new and what’s coming in 3D printing at the 3D Printing Summit at this year’s PLASTEC East event in New York City in June. Go to the PLASTEC East website to learn more about the event and to register to attend.

    The possibilities are tremendous, but the problem remains that only a handful of materials are suitable for 3D printing compared with the thousands of options that are available to injection molders. That is an abiding obstacle that 3D printing technology has faced in the industrial manufacturing space. HP’s open materials platform and the new lab are designed to address this.

    “We are not a materials company,” Weber said during the site visit. So, HP enlisted materials companies Arkema, BASF, Evonik and Lehman & Voss to develop new materials and refine them through its materials certification process. This is just the start, stressed Weber: Fifty more partner companies are waiting in the wings, and HP envisions that many more will want to take advantage of this opportunity over time. A key incentive is what HP calls "the world’s first state-of-the-art laboratory to help companies develop, test and deliver the next generation of materials and applications for 3D printing," which was unveiled last week.

    The four-step program

    HP engineers took us on a tour of the 3500-square-foot lab’s four-station (plus one) material development and certification process, which can be summarized as follows:

    1. The Material Development Kit (MDK) and Material Build Unit Tester. The MDK is a test bed, which helps to determine the most-appropriate powder for use in Multi Jet Fusion technology. HP today announced publicly the availability of the MDK, which was developed in collaboration with SigmaDesign. The system facilitates early screening of powder materials targeting certification under the HP platform. It is available at a pre-order price of $24,150; accessories include replacement coupons, additional rollers with various surface finishes and a vision system that automates test coupon analysis.
    2. Small quantities of fused powder are printed in the process test bed. Described during the tour as a proxy for Multi Jet Fusion, this station highlights how the process is used to develop print recipes for new powders.
    3. The Big Kahuna of the four-stage process, station three demonstrates how the technology is applied to the material on an HP Jet Fusion 3D 4200 machine. The powder is spread on the bed, patterned with a fusing agent and bonded via a fusing lamp, after which the bed is lowered and the process repeats until the finished part has been built.
    4. At this point in the process, metrology and powder characterization tools enter the picture, highlighting powder and final part properties.
    5. This “bonus” station is equipped with a next-gen multi-agent voxel test bed, where HP engineers can test color capabilities and voxel-level control, for example. Texture, mechanical and electrical properties, “smart" features and more can also be controlled at the voxel level.

    Thus far, Evonik has developed a polyamide (PA) 12 powder, the first material certified for the Multi Jet Fusion platform, which will be initially available in May, followed shortly by full commercial availability. A PA-11 powder is in the works, and elastomeric and flame-retardant materials are also in the pipeline.

    Speaking at Corvallis, Sylvia Monsheimer of Evonik addressed the common vision her company shares with HP. “Prototyping and 3D-printed Yoda heads are not very interesting to a company that ships truckloads of materials,” explained Monsheimer. “This partnership and the open materials platform allow us to consider projects that otherwise would not be possible” and that has a real potential for industrialization. BASF’s Kara Noack, also in attendance, added that Multi Jet Fusion technology, at this stage, is “a very good fit for under-55,000-unit production runs,” applications where it doesn’t make economic sense to invest in tooling. And, as with all additive manufacturing technologies, it enables “impossible” designs.

    Ben Mergen of SigmaDesign, which participated in the development of the test beds, noted that design engineers well-versed in 3D printing technology are now coming through the system. “They are not bound by the old design rules. The moment is perfect for this technology,” said Mergen.

    Wed, 05 Oct 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en text/html
    Killexams : HP targets construction sites with autonomous floorplan-printing robots

    HP has put forward a small robot it says can dramatically speed up construction work, by autonomously printing guidelines straight from the blueprints onto the floor. Rugged, roadworthy and extremely accurate, Siteprint is a super-quick layout tool.

    The robot replaces the time-consuming manual process of site layout, using a variety of different inks to place precise lines, exact curves and faithful reproductions of complex shapes on all kinds of floors, from porous surfaces like concrete and plywood to terrazzo, vinyl or epoxy.

    It doesn't require a perfectly smooth or clean floor – indeed, it can handle a certain degree of surface irregularity and obstacles up to 2 cm (0.8 in) high. It runs built-in obstacle and cliff drop sensors for fully autonomous operation, and will work around barriers even if they're not in the plans.

    As well as layout lines, it's capable of printing more or less whatever else you need on the floor too, including text notes. Operators set it up using cloud-based tools for job preparation, fleet management and tracking, and can run it on site with a touch-screen tablet and a tripod-mounted "totalstation."

    HP claims the SitePrint robot replicated seven hours of manual layout work in 45 minutes in testing, with extreme accuracy


    “The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive,” said Albert Zulps, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska - a global construction and development company currently using the SitePrint system for two of its US projects. "Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks. Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution. HP SitePrint lets us do more with less, helping reduce schedules thanks to a much faster layout process, and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control.”

    While HP hasn't announced pricing, we assume the printer robot itself will be surprisingly cheap, but the ink's gonna be a killer. Yuk yuk.

    Check out Siteprint in the video below.

    HP SitePrint Skanska testimonial | HP

    Source: HP

    Thu, 15 Sep 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en-US text/html
    Killexams : The best printers for 2022

    Whether you need a printer for a small business, home, office, or school, it’s important to choose a device that makes printing quick and easy. Choosing the best printer can be complex due to the wide range of features available. You might be wondering which features are worth investing in and which specs you should pay attention to when comparing printer reviews.

    Our guide to the best printers will provide you a better idea of the features and innovations that match your needs, starting with the best all-around model, the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e. This printer is our top choice because it has endless printing options and top-notch quality.

    HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

    Best all around printer for home and office

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    HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw

    Affordable laser for monochrome document printing

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    HP Tango X

    Stylish inkjet that will fit in with your home decor

    Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730

    Affordable workgroup printer with terrific print output

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    Brother HL-L3270CDW

    Fast duplexing wireless color laser printer

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    Canon Pixma IP8720

    Superb photo printer

    HP DeskJet 3755

    Affordable and stylish inkjet for dorms and homes

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    Brother HL-L2305W

    Best monochrome laser printer for light use

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    HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

    Best all around printer for home and office


    • Solid print quality
    • Fast speeds suitable for office printing
    • Integrated MFP capabilities
    • Automatic duplexing


    • Small touchscreen
    • ADF tray capacity could be bigger

    Why should you buy this? It's a solid all-around printer that's great for documents and photos.

    Who is the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e for? Homes and offices with moderate printing needs.

    Why we picked the HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e:

    The prior generation HP OfficeJet Pro 9015 was a solid printer, and HP has made some improvements to make it an even better color inkjet this year with the OfficeJet Pro 9025e. Though the price has increased jumping to the most current model, you're getting faster print speeds — at up to 24 pages per minute on black-and-white prints — along with 1,200 dpi scans and an automatic document feeder with a tray capacity of 35 pages for quick scans and copies. The tray loader can handle up to 250 sheets of paper, and the printer can output to a variety of formats and paper sizes, including envelopes, cards, labels, and more. And with an output of up to 4800 x 1200 resolution for color jobs, this printer is versatile enough to handle photo printing as well.

    With the OfficeJet Pro 9025e, HP includes six months of its Instant Ink subscription service, which monitors how much ink you have in your cartridge and sends you replacements when you're running low. While it may not be worth it to subscribe if you're not churning out regular print jobs, it's a nice feature for small offices with limited space in supply closets. Other features include Wi-Fi printing, a companion app to monitor print status, and support for AirPrint. HP also sells XL cartridges, which will help reduce printing costs in the long term. This printer averages about 3.3 cents per page, and it can also handle two-sided duplex printing to help reduce your paper cost.

    HP OfficeJet Pro 9025e

    Best all around printer for home and office

    This is HP's LaserJet Tank 2504dw.

    HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw

    Affordable laser for monochrome document printing


    • Fast printing speeds
    • Affordable print costs
    • Easy to use
    • Wireless printing supported


    • Monochrome only, no color
    • Higher price than budget laser printers

    Why should you buy this? The HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw delivers fast print speeds and exceptionally affordable print costs.

    Who is the HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw for? Home and small office users looking for economical monochrome printing.

    Why we picked the HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw:

    HP's LaserJet Tank 2504dw might not come with all the bells and whistles or fancy designs as some other printers on our list, but it's designed to be an affordable workhorse for homes, home offices, and small businesses. A scanner isn't included and it can't print in color but it is a fast printer that can churn out documents at 23 pages per minute. The monochrome printing limits this printer to text-based jobs, like documents, homework, PDFs, shipping labels and invoices rather than photos and craft projects.

    If you find yourself primarily printing black-and-white jobs, this printer's superpower is its affordable long-term cost and unique toner tank that reduces the cost of refilling toner. The cost per print is roughly 1 cent per page, depending on how much of the page is covered in the black toner. This printer is designed to be a low-cost investment, rendering crisp text with its laser-printing technology. HP gave the LaserJet Tank 2504dw a 250-sheet tray with automatic duplexing. It supports plain, heavy, and Bond paper at 60 to 163-gram weights.

    The printer's affordable price and economical print costs make it a winner for those on a budget. HP borrowed a page from its refillable tanks for inkjet printing, creating a cost-effective and environmentally friendly, reloadable toner kit that you can purchase to refill, rather than replace, the toner cartridge on your LaserJet Tank 2504dw. Mobile printing, AirPrint, and wireless printing are all supported, and you can use the HP Smart mobile app to collect more information and adjust the settings of the LaserJet Tank 2504dw.

    HP LaserJet Tank 2504dw

    Affordable laser for monochrome document printing

    The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730 printer.

    Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730

    Affordable workgroup printer with terrific print output


    • Fast printing speeds
    • Reliable inkjet quality
    • Borderless prints up to 8.5-by-11-inch


    • No auto-duplexing ADF capability

    Why should you buy this? It's a big MFP that does everything and does it well.

    Who is the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730 for? Workgroups and small office users who need a fast printer.

    Why we picked the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730:

    Epson's powerful Workforce all-in-one printer is a boon for offices that still need a reliable printing solution that can handle whatever they throw at it. It's designed to be highly accurate and uses technology to minimize heat so the printer lasts as long as possible while still handling frequent work.

    It's also speedy for its size: The printer has a 20 ppm rating for printing and copying either B&W or color, and an ADF makes scans and copies speedy. The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730 also supports faxing for the rare times when you need to use that feature. Plus, the 500-sheet tray is larger than many printers offer at this size. The model also sports all the reliable Epson features we love, including a solid touchscreen for controls, app management for setup, built-in wireless support for the office network, and more.

    Epson WorkForce Pro WF-4730

    Affordable workgroup printer with terrific print output

    Brother HL-L3270CDW

    Fast duplexing wireless color laser printer


    • Fast printing speeds
    • Terrific printing quality
    • Great for high-volume printing

    Why should you buy this? It's a great laser printer without any of the extraneous features.

    Who is the Brother HL-L3270CDW Printer for? Office users who need a color laser printer.

    Why we picked the Brother HL-L3270CDW:

    If you want a laser printer for your home or office, the Brother HL-L3270CDW is a safe bet, a compact device that you can get at an affordable price. This printer can blaze through jobs at a rate of 25 pages per minute, and it holds 250 sheets of paper. Both of these factors make it a good choice for offices, where people may need to print out a lot of documents without waiting for someone else’s job to finish.

    The printer isn’t just fast; it also supports duplex printing for double-sided pages.

    Setting up the Brother HL-L3270CDW is a cinch, and in addition to its Ethernet and USB connections, it also supports wireless printing; you can connect with Android and Apple devices, among others.

    Brother HL-L3270CDW

    Fast duplexing wireless color laser printer

    Epson EcoTank ET-3760

    Best way to save on ink costs


    • Cost-effective ink refills
    • Inkjet quality and reliability
    • No cartridge waste


    • Have to buy ink in bulk
    • Small ADF tray

    Why should you buy this? You have moderate printing needs and don't want to spend a fortune on ink.

    Who is the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 for? Small office users with limited ink budgets.

    Why we picked the Epson EcoTank ET-3760:

    The EcoTank offers an alternative printer model that could be exactly what you're looking for: Instead of replacing ink cartridges, this printer uses compartments that you fill up with ink using the included bottles. It's less expensive than using ink cartridges and an ideal solution if you don't print color often but never want to run out of a cartridge at an inopportune time. The included bottles alone will keep a printer going for two years even with regular work.

    The all-in-one printer isn't just about savings, though: It also offers a 15 ppm speed for black-and-white prints and an 8 ppm speed for color. There's a 250-sheet storage tray, plus a 30-page auto document feeder for scanning and similar tasks. Automatic two-sided printing is supported as well. It even works with Alexa, so you can provide it voice commands to help prepare for a printing job.

    The combination of features on the Epson EcoTank ET-3760 makes it ideal for a small business or home that may only have intermittent but important printing projects and wants to avoid the cycle of endlessly buying ink cartridges even when they aren't technically needed.

    Epson EcoTank ET-3760

    Best way to save on ink costs

    Brother MFC-L2750DW

    Compact office printer


    • Small footprint
    • Loaded on features
    • Physical buttons for easy control

    Why should you buy this? It has all the features of an office printer with a home printer footprint.

    Who is the Brother MFCL2750DW for? Office users who need a fast printer.

    Why we picked the Brother MFCL2750DW:

    Brother's latest update to this solid printer helped maximize speeds, making it an ideal option for a busy home or office where you want printing jobs done fast. It can reach 36 ppm for black-and-white printing and is also speedy at copying and faxing for maximum productivity.

    It also features single-pass two-sided printing for even more efficiency, and the automatic document feeder holds 50 sheets, making it one of the best options on our list for larger scanning projects and similar tasks. All the wireless connectivity you could want is included here, including NFC touch-to-connect for fast printing, support for printing from cloud services like Dropbox, OneNote, and Google Drive, and the ability to easily connect to your desktop, laptop, and other devices.

    Unless you do larger printing projects from home, the Brother MFC-L2750DW may be a little too much of a workhouse printer for your needs. It's a perfect fit for a lobby or front office where speedy printing can be a big advantage but a full laser printer isn't really needed.

    Brother MFC-L2750DW

    Compact office printer

    hp deskjet 3755 review

    HP DeskJet 3755

    Affordable and stylish inkjet for dorms and homes


    • Compact design
    • Affordable
    • Attractive, colorful look

    Why should you buy this? It's tiny, understated, and still produces great-quality prints.

    Who is the HP DeskJet 3755? Students and home users who want a printer but don't want a boxy design

    Why we picked the HP DeskJet 3755:

    HP's DeskJet 3755 replaces the company's Tango X printer on our list as a stylish and affordable printer that's suited for those who may not have frequent printing needs. The unique design of this printer makes it a stylish option for dorm rooms, as it sheds the black box design of its contemporaries in favor of a slim profile with a little pop of color. This makes the DeskJet 3755 one of the smallest printers on the market today with solid print quality.

    But don't let its diminutive footprint fool you — this small-in-one printer can still pump out up to 19 pages per minute in monochrome or a more modest 15 pages per minute with color jobs, and it's also able to wirelessly print, scan, and copy for multifunction documentation needs. HP also offers its subscription Instant Ink service to help you manage your ink cartridges, ensuring you're always ready for your next print job.

    HP DeskJet 3755

    Affordable and stylish inkjet for dorms and homes

    Brother HL-L2305W printer.

    Brother HL-L2305W

    Best monochrome laser printer for light use


    • Very low cost
    • Fast print speeds
    • Easy wireless connections
    • Compact design


    • Expensive operating cost
    • No duplex printing

    Why should you buy this? It's a fast, compact laser printer that takes all of the work out of printing black and white documents and shipping labels.

    Who is the Brother HL-L2305W for? Work from home offices and small businesses that don't print several documents each day.

    Why we picked the Brother HL-L2305W:

    The initial cost of the Brother HLL2305W is shockingly low for a laser printer. With a cost of just a little over $100, you might expect this to be an inkjet but this budget-priced printer can roll through 24 pages per minute and lasts a long time before needing new toner. It's monochrome and meant for printing documents and it handles that task beautifully.

    Brother has excellent wireless compatibility and didn't skimp on its budget model. It's easy to print over your Wi-Fi network from Apple devices using AirPrint, Google, and Android via Cloud Print, Windows WSD or you can use Wi-Fi direct if a local area network isn't available.

    It's not all good news and the toner is where Brother makes back some money. If you're printing several pages each day or a big batch weekly, the costs might add up too quickly and overcome the initial savings. However, for lighter use, this is a fantastic deal.

    Brother HL-L2305W

    Best monochrome laser printer for light use

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Which printer has the cheapest ink?

    Affordable ink depends on several different factors: How much the cartridges cost upfront, how much ink the printer uses on average, and how long the cartridges last. Ultimately, it's best if you take a look at specific models and check how much the cartridges are and how long they appear to last (usually measured in page yield). Even within the same brand, ink costs can vary considerably based on the printing machine.

    In general, you should look for printers that offer a high page yield for their cartridges and cartridges that are more affordable compared to alternatives. These two stats combined can tell you a lot. Inkjet printers with their liquid ink cartridges tend to cost more over time than laser printers with their large toner cartridges. All our top-brand picks, like Canon, HP, and Epson, tend to be quite efficient. Our HP picks, in particular, might be a good choice if you want to save money on ink (we were a little disappointed in our Canon Pixma model's ink performance, however). If you need to run larger print jobs, consider a printer with refillable ink tanks. While they may require a higher initial investment, the tank refills will lead to a cheaper per-page print cost and will be more environmentally friendly. If paper use is a concern, choose a printer that supports automatic duplex, or two-sided, printing.

    What printer has the longest-lasting ink cartridges?

    Laser printers with their toner cartridges have high initial costs for replacing toner, but toner lasts longer than almost any other printer ink type. However, if you want a home or small business printer, then a laser printer probably isn't on your list. In that case, we suggest you take a look at our top HP OfficeJet pick. HP offers very high-quality ink cartridges for its OfficeJet models, and they'll last longer than most alternatives. If you need to stretch your budget, seek out a printer with larger cartridges or XL cartridges if those are available from your manufacturer. These larger cartridges generally will cost more upfront but will reduce the cost per page in the long run as they will last longer.

    What printer is the cheapest to operate?

    Aside from the high initial costs, laser printers tend to be more affordable in the long run because they are so cheap to operate. However, let's say that you're looking only at inkjet printers: What should you look for?

    Even if you are only printing office documents, you’ll want to stick with the established brands that make durable, dependable printers. We’re talking about Epson Workforce models, HP Officejet printers, and similar brand families. Multifunction printers, or MFPs, will offer more robust capabilities, including scanning, faxing, and copying.

    Which printer brand is best?

    Everyone’s got a favorite brand, but it’s no accident that names like Canon and HP regularly pop up. These brands produce quality machines and offer something for every printing need, which means you’ll be able to find something in your price range. Brands like Brother aren’t quite as ubiquitous, but they also manufacture high-quality printers worth considering. Epson also is making some excellent photo-quality home printers these days, a departure from the enterprise-level printers the company has previously manufactured. We highly suggested looking at our printer buying guide, too.

    How many pages per minute (ppm) is good for a printer?

    You shouldn’t look at printer speed as much as you should consider its output quality, but you can usually find how fast a printer works by checking out its specs. Anything above about 20 ppm for black-and-white is good for the average inkjet printer. You can usually bump this number up to about 20 ppm if you’re looking at a laser printer. Printers with 40 ppm aren’t as common, and it’s improbable that you’d need to see this kind of yield for a home printer.

    Is it okay to leave a printer on all the time?

    If you are using your printer every day or several times a day, it's probably better to leave it on. Turning printers on and off all the time can lead to wear and tear, and may dry out ink faster. Many printers have sleep modes that make it easy to keep them on.

    How long do printers last?

    Traditionally, around three to five years. This is still often true, although you may find your home printer lasts longer these days as printing just isn't as common as it was, so there's less wear on the hardware. New printers have a variety of functions, from improved wireless access to voice assistant control, which can make them great upgrades if you have a printer that's several years old or more.

    What about third-party ink cartridges and toners?

    Every printer manufacturer recommends using their own brand of ink cartridges, refills, and toners. However, there are often third-party inks and toners that claim compatibility while cutting the cost dramatically. The savings can be tempting but there is a risk of clogging the printer, inconsistent color, less than ideal print quality, and other problems.

    There are times when third-party ink and toner might be the only solution available. For example, a manufacturer might discontinue cartridges and toner for older models.

    The bottom line is that third-party ink cartridges, refills, and toner are an option for times that the manufacturer brand isn't available or too expensive. Just keep in mind that the performance isn't guaranteed and it can clog inkjet nozzles.

    Editors' Recommendations

    Sat, 24 Sep 2022 06:30:00 -0500 en text/html
    Killexams : HP Debuts Polypropylene for 3D Printing

    In a flurry of announcements on June 4, HP demonstrated continued forward momentum in 3D printing and digital manufacturing through partnerships with BASF and Oechsler.

    HP first announced an expansion of its strategic alliance with BASF. Together, the companies are working closely with innovators in the automotive, consumer, medical, and industrial manufacturing sectors to open up new market opportunities, jointly develop best-in-class applications, and achieve unmatched quality, breakthrough economics, and more sustainable production, said HP.

    At the center of the collaboration is the launch of a new material — a first-of-its-kind polypropylene (PP) for additive manufacturing (AM). The new HP 3D High Reusability PP, enabled by BASF, is a versatile, durable, and chemically resistant material that has been qualified for HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, including its Jet Fusion 5200 Series.

    “The introduction of PP is another important step as we collaborate on best-in-class materials to transform manufacturing,” said François Minec, Managing Director, BASF 3D Printing Solutions, which unveiled its new Forward AM brand last year. “Our teams have worked closely to develop a high-quality PP that fully leverages the advanced capabilities of HP’s Jet Fusion 5200 platform — truly a win-win for innovative companies investing in the shift to digital manufacturing.”

    HP also announced a new industrial alliance with Ansbach, Germany–based Oechsler, an AM engineering solutions provider, to help produce new applications and accelerate mass production of 3D-printed parts. The companies are working together across the product lifecycle, from new designs to final parts production, to develop breakthrough applications for customers in the automotive, home and commercial appliance, and medical device sectors. Oechsler’s fleet of HP Jet Fusion 5200 3D printers will provide advanced capabilities, economics, and high-quality production parts.

    “As we continue driving the mass production of 3D-printed parts we believe working with an industry leader like HP will enable our customers to take full advantage of digital manufacturing,” said Matthias Weiskopf, Senior Vice President of R&D, Oechsler AG. “With the advanced capabilities of HP’s production-grade 3D-printing systems, we can provide unprecedented levels of quality, speed, reliability, and cost savings. The opportunity to collaborate closely on every phase of the product lifecycle and jointly develop breakthrough applications with HP and our customers will transform industries.”

    Thu, 22 Sep 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en text/html
    Killexams : ePac Flexible Packaging to Accelerate Market Disruption with 50 New HP Indigo Digital Presses

    HP Inc. and ePac Flexible Packaging, the all-HP Indigo leader in digital flexible packaging, has announced the purchase of 50 new HP Indigo digital presses to be deployed in existing and new sites around the world, as part of the company’s continued global expansion plan in the largest deal ever for HP Indigo.

    Industry-leading ePac Flexible Packaging is a digitally based, flexible packaging company driven by its mission to help brands and businesses of all sizes remain competitive with a variety of flexible packaging solutions. ePac leverages the latest in digital print technology, providing its customers with a quick and easy way to purchase custom printed flexible packaging.

    ePac has been a principal adopter of HP Indigo digital presses since the company’s inception in 2016 and has since upheld a strong and deeply rooted collaboration with HP. Over the past six years, the company’s fleet of HP Indigo digital presses has grown enormously, overseeing large-scale investments of HP Indigo 20000 and HP Indigo 25K digital presses.

    From left: Virage Patel (ePac) and Haim Levit (HP)

    The new wave of 50x HP Indigo digital presses, the largest single order in HP Indigo’s history, will accelerate ePac’s record-breaking production capacity as it continues to disrupt the global flexible packaging market.

    Focusing on global expansion, this new fleet will be distributed within 36 new and existing sites across 5 continents. These presses, which incorporate HP Indigo’s latest technologies, will also support ePac’s strategy to expand its share and business in existing markets

    “As we recently announced, ePac aims to accelerate its growth and expand its global footprint.  Our 50-press acquisition will enhance ePac’s record breaking flexible packaging production on HP Indigo Digital Presses, further rooting our longstanding collaboration with HP. This transition will leverage ePac’s vast market experience together with HP’s unique digital printing technology,” said Virag Patel, COO, ePac.

    From left: Oran Sokol (HP), Virage Patel (ePac), and Noam Zilbershtain (HP).

    “ePac Flexible Packaging is leading the global digital flexible packaging movement as it continues to replicate its HP Indigo-based business model in new locations around the world. ePac’s vision to utilize digital print to provide a voice to small and medium brands and revitalize local communities exemplifies our joint values and demonstrates the power of digital to have a meaningful global impact,” said Haim Levit, GM of HP’s Industrial Print Business.

    ePac Flexible Packaging’s latest investment into HP Indigo is an example of how HP is continuing to disseminate the advantages of digital printing and serving even more brands and communities around the world.

    Source: HP Inc.

    The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Printing Impressions. The views expressed within do not directly reflect the thoughts or opinions of the staff of Printing Impressions.

    Mon, 10 Oct 2022 08:15:00 -0500 en text/html
    Killexams : 2023 Nissan Z Performance Manual First Test: Compromised but Still Intriguing nissan z Full Overview


    • Retrotastic style
    • More power than before is always better
    • Comfortable ride


    • Heavier, and you feel it
    • Dull responses
    • Nowhere as refined as Supra

    When Nissan finally redesigned its Z sports car this year, the bar for the 370Z's replacement had lowered to mere microns off the floor. The old Z was available for sale continuously since 2009, receiving only minor upgrades along the way. We're not going to say "any new-ish car with four wheels and the shape of a sports car" would have sufficed, but the 2023 Z's job was relatively straightforward. Thankfully, Nissan exceeded most expectations with the new Z, delivering a sport coupe so stylish, so powerful, and so affordable as to almost make you forget the underlying platform is … effectively still the same as the ancient 370Z's.

    We Found the Beef

    You probably won't detect the connection to yesterday's 370Z unless you peek at the new Z's curb weight and notice the car's unusually tall cowl. Both are the direct result of Nissan recycling the 370Z's sedan-based platform; its bones were shared with the Infiniti G37, a larger vehicle that, when scaled to the Z's smaller footprint, betrayed its more upright structure. They can even trace their roots back to the two-decades-old 350Z. Reinforcing this architecture to its present, admirably stiff state required adding bracing and, thus, mass. Our Performance trim, stick-shift 2023 Nissan Z weighs 3,519 pounds, about 100 pounds heavier than a 2017 370Z we tested years ago.

    Some of that extra cheddar comes from the new-to-Z, if not exactly all-new, VR30DDTT twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Borrowed from the Infiniti Q50 Red Sport 400 models, this engine spits out a Toyota Supra-beating 400 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Those figures are well beyond the 370Z's 332 hp and 270 lb-ft, generated by a tractor-like 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V-6, and they eclipse the last-generation 370Z NISMO variant's 350 hp and 276 lb-ft. However, contending with quite a bit more Z in the metal, the twin-turbo V-6's impact on the 2023 Z's performance is muted. We managed to scoot the new model to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, a few tenths of a second quicker than non-NISMO previous-generation 370Zs and on par with the 350-horse NISMO variants. Toyota's lighter, until-now-automatic-transmission-only Supra is about a second quicker to 60 mph.

    In practice, the VR30DDTT engine pulls strongly and with a refinement the old VQ engine could only dream of. The engine now spins without vibration and puts out pleasing guttural noises; by contrast, the previous Z's VQ engine behaved, sounded like, and felt like a truck engine. We noticed the six-speed manual's shift lever still bucks around when getting onto or quickly off the throttle, but it's the only notable physical manifestation of the engine's work. As before, there is no "sport" mode for the Z, only a satisfying physical button to the left of the steering wheel for defeating traction and stability control, and another alongside the shifter for the rev-matching S-Mode function. The manual transmission (a nine-speed auto is optional at no cost) is generally satisfying to use with rev-match on or off, but the throws are longer than in a GR Supra manual, and the decently weighted, springy clutch pedal has a long stroke.

    New-Age Power, Old-School Moves

    Nissan is adamant we should not view the Z as a "track car," which on the surface seems strange, because the Z is a 400-hp, rear-wheel-drive sports car that, as tested here, comes with a Performance trim option. That designation includes a new clutch-type locking rear differential, bigger Akebono front brakes, and lightweight 19-inch Rays wheels. Why its maker would deem a car set up this way as unwelcome on a track, even for an amateur track day, would normally be a head-scratcher. But it makes sense in the way the Z drives; it's soft, comfortable, even. The body leans in corners, dives when you hit the brakes, and goes on-plane when you goose the twin-turbo V-6.

    We piloted the Z around a short, winding circuit at our testing venue, and found it entertaining for precisely, we think, the reasons Nissan feels it shouldn't have been there. The weightier forced-induction V-6 pushes the Z's weight distribution forward relative to the 370Z, such that 57 percent of its mass presses through the front tires. Along with the suspension's general compliance, this makes for an oversteery experience as you near and pass through the handling limits. But thanks to the body lean, even novices can figure out how much grip remains in reserve. On our skidpad, the Z hung on for a 0.93-g average, matching the previous-gen NISMO variant. Toyota's GR Supra has similar roll compliance, if not quite as much, and has higher limits while being snappier at the limit, making it less friendly for would-be drifters.

    Of course, more than mere fun goes into a car's track-worthiness, and there's no getting around the Z's braking power. While it's fine on, say, a fast road, we noticed the binders fading after a few laps of our course. This aspect alone would make us hesitate to track the Z on a regular basis if we owned it, unless we addressed the issues via aftermarket components. Nevertheless, we recorded a 110-foot best stop from 60 mph, right in line with the lighter Supra.

    Do You Zee Now?

    Given the 2023 Nissan Z's lack of hardcore abilities or intent, most customers likely will be served just fine by the base model that costs $10,000 less than this Performance version. You get the same engine and the same general goodness, minus a few performance parts the Z doesn't put to particularly good use, anyhow—well, aside from that locking differential, which comes in handy when sliding the car around.

    More to the point: Even in Performance trim, the Z lives in an interesting corner of the market; it costs a few thousand bucks less than an equivalent six-cylinder Toyota GR Supra—the base Z even undercuts the entry-level four-cylinder Supra—and may even be cross-shopped against V-8-powered Mustangs and Camaros, four-cylinder BMW 2 series Coupes, and maybe even BMW's two-seat Z4 roadster (the Supra's German cousin). On the other hand, it's priced in premium hot hatch territory, making it a less practical but similar-performing alternative to enthusiast models such as VW's Golf R, Honda's Civic Type R, and the new Toyota GR Corolla.

    The fact this car puts up numbers akin to the old 370Z's tier-above NISMO variant shows this redesign brought improvement, even if the rest of the non-numbers-focused experience relaxes. And therein lies the rub: We think a softer-edged, more road-focused sports car is novel and worthy of praise in today's age of ever-stiffening suspensions and Nürburgring development laps. It's too bad, however, that behind its appealing tuning, the Z feels old in other ways that don't show up in the objective test results.

    There's geriatric Nissan switchgear from previous generations interspersed among the new displays; the interior trim went abuzz over rougher roads, despite the soft ride; and there's still that old-timey driveshaft windup that clunks its head up when shifting amongst lower gears at city speeds. A truly all-new car could have addressed these shortcomings, all of which carryover from the 370Z. Instead, Nissan gives enthusiasts more power and slightly better performance, more style, and a fresh touchscreen. There's somehow still some charm in that.

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    2023 Nissan Z Specifications
    BASE PRICE $41,015
    PRICE AS TESTED $53,610
    VEHICLE LAYOUT Front-engine, RWD, 2-pass, 2-door hatchback
    ENGINE 3.0L Twin-turbo direct-injected DOHC 24-valve 60-degree V-6
    POWER (SAE NET) 400 hp @ 6,400 rpm
    TORQUE (SAE NET) 350 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
    TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual
    CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 3,519 lb (57/43%)
    WHEELBASE 100.4 in
    LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 172.4 x 72.6 x 51.8 in
    0-60 MPH 4.9 sec
    QUARTER MILE 13.5 sec @ 105.3 mph
    BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 110 ft
    MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.3 sec @ 0.74 g (avg)
    EPA CITY/HWY/COMB FUEL ECON 18/24/20 mpg
    EPA RANGE, COMB 328 miles (est)
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    Killexams : HP PageWide Digital Press to Expand WestRock Printing Capabilities

    ATLANTA, September 19, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, has acquired an HP PageWide T1190 Press to complement and expand its portfolio of unmatched corrugated printing capabilities, increase value and enable customers to win in the marketplace.

    Vertically integrated from paper manufacturing to printing to converting, WestRock offers customers a single source solution for high impact graphics, retail cases and displays on demand. The 110-inch wide inkjet digital press is capable of running at 1,000 ft/min and will enhance existing offset litho, flexo preprint, flexo direct print and sheet-fed digital printing used within the Company’s global network of corrugated box plants and specialty facilities.

    The optimized print solution provides immediate benefit to customers. Specifically, reduced minimum order quantities (MOQs) will contribute to total cost efficiencies while decreasing lead-time for retail packaging. Its inherent flexibility can easily support diversified, segmented and regionalized market launches and promotional programs while accommodating specific retailer requirements. Serialization to support brand/consumer engagement programs, reward programs, tracking, tracing, authentication, obsolescence and product aging is also possible.

    The water based CMYKOV inks offer an extended color gamut that, when paired with proven inkjet technology, produce accurate and repeatable customer graphics at the highest quality. Integrated HP One Package software further enhances the digital production responsiveness and flexibility.

    "At WestRock we believe in innovating to serve our customers," said Nickie Parker, senior vice president, Merchandising Displays & Graphic Solutions. "Expanding our high-quality corrugated printing capabilities to include a state-of-the-art wide web digital press enables our teams to provide more options to our customers and engage consumers at a whole new level."

    "We are honored to have WestRock select HP’s digital print solutions to contribute to its innovative and sustainable packaging production," said Ted Samotis, WW Director of Corrugated GTM, HP PageWide Industrial Packaging. "The HP PageWide T1190 Press will enable WestRock to disrupt the corrugated packaging supply chain and offer superior value to its customers."

    Installation of the T1190 Press at the specialty printing facility in Lithia Springs, Georgia, will begin in 2023, and is expected to be in operation by the end of September.

    About WestRock

    WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide sustainable paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s team members support customers around the world from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at

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    Killexams : HP Announces HP PageWide T700i Inkjet Web Press for Paper-Based Packaging

    At Corrugated Week 2022, HP is unveiling the HP PageWide T700i Press – a new 67 in. (1.7 m), digital web-fed platform that helps converters achieve greater operational efficiency for high-volume production of digital single-face lamination, corrugation, and folding carton applications.

    HP is continuing its investment in the packaging market to create new opportunities for packaging converters and brands to benefit from the analog to digital transformation.

    The HP PageWide T700i Press, which is expected to be available for installation in late 2023, will be configurable to meet specific customer and market needs and includes a variety of in-line options for manual or continuous unwinding, priming, varnishing, and delivery in both roll and sheet format. Select configurations will be capable of up to 1,000 feet per minute (300 m/min) supported by HP’s single-pass Thermal Inkjet technology with true water-based inks for printing packaging which can be recycled, further supporting the converter’s circular economy goals.

    HP PageWide T700i Press

    The new press platform supports increased plant capacity and reduced manufacturing costs for paper-based packaging production and will enable packaging converters to print with significantly accelerated turnaround times and lower minimum order quantity requirements that optimize inventories, while focusing analog print capacity on longer runs(1). For converters facing increasing supply chain pressure, this press represents a substantial opportunity for business growth by enabling improved economics, greater production versatility, and more sustainable packaging solutions.

    ”We listened to the needs of our customers and the market when designing the T700i Press. Now more than ever, converters need greater flexibility to respond to dynamic market trends and challenges, and digital packaging continues to fundamentally transform the packaging supply chain for high-volume and mainstream production,” said Annette Friskopp, Global Head and General Manager, HP PageWide Industrial. “The HP T700i Press enables customers to achieve production cost savings and shorter lead times and enables them to go after higher value print jobs(1)."

    The HP PageWide T700i Press will boost efficiency for high-volume production of corrugated and folding carton packaging.

    The new press will feature the next generation HP Thermal Inkjet printheads capable of robust industrial production. The proven inkjet technology builds on HP’s previous generations of thermal inkjet to enable customers to achieve consistent and repeatable 6-color offset print quality at high speeds for high-graphics packaging. T700i Press customers will benefit from HP’s manufacturing scalability and vertical integration across HP’s Industrial Print businesses, creating a distinct advantage for their business.

    The HP PageWide T700i Press will be the second press format built in collaboration with Koenig & Bauer, after first unveiling the 110-inch HP PageWide T1100S Press in 2015, later followed by upgrades including the HP PageWide T1170, T1190, and the latest T1195i Press. “Koenig & Bauer is one of the world’s leading traditional press manufacturers, with over 200 years of experience in press engineering and developing innovative solutions that meet customers’ quality expectations,” said Christoph Müller, Koenig & Bauer executive board member. “Together with HP’s leadership and innovation in the field of thermal inkjet technology, the HP PageWide T700i Press was developed to once again combine our complementary technological strengths to provide packaging converters with unprecedented flexibility and quality consistency.”

    HP will be presenting at the Corrugated Week 2022 event in San Antonio, Texas, September 19-21, in booth #406, and will be delivering an introduction presentation about the new T700i Press in the “What’s New” session on Wednesday, September 21st at 10:30am in the exhibition Hall.

    (1): Production and cost benefits compare digital printing to analog printing.

    Source: HP Inc.

    The preceding press release was provided by a company unaffiliated with Printing Impressions. The views expressed within do not directly reflect the thoughts or opinions of the staff of Printing Impressions.

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