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What’s the hype on 3D printers?

10. July 2013 14:11 by Danielle in print industry, printing at home  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may have heard about all of the new innovations from 3D printers, and now they are available to the general consumer.  A 3D printer can build physical objects on a desktop printer by arranging layers of melted plastic into a specified model. Staples now offers the Cube 3D Printer for $1299.99 and Amazon launched a new 3D Printer department offering a range of 3D printers from $1,099. This is a big step towards growing from something only available in large CAD departments, to something you could have in your home, if you drop $1,000 plus.

But do you need a 3D printer? Are you a CAD designer? If not, there may not be much you can print. For the majority, you will have to find a pre-made plan that you can download and print.

MakerBot’s Thingiverse does offer an open-source library of free 3D models ready-to-print. You can find patterns for Fashion, like necklaces, Gadgets, like iPhone cases and more.  Many digital designs are available to share.

Keep in mind, without the CAD software and knowledge, you will be limited to designs that others have created.  The ease of use has been compared to picking up MS-Dos. Is this the new custom creator for every home? Not yet. There is a great potential as the machines become more main stream, easier to use, and more affordable for the average consumer. 

Will you be getting a 3D Printer? Let us know!

Free Printables for the Little Ones (and big kid in all of us)

14. January 2013 10:40 by Danielle in printable, printing at home  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

The printer can save you alot of money, and give you a great resource, when educating and entertaining the little ones.  You can print coloring pages, worksheets and more!

We found Free BOB Book Printables! These are absolutely great for teaching the little ones to read.

Information to teach kids why they have the day off on January 21st, and entertain them while at home with free printables on Martin Luther King.

You can keep the kids entertained on any rainy day with Crayola's printable games and coloring pages.

The printer really does come in handy, instead of purchasing all of these activities. Let us know if you have found any other great printables.

Iphone printing is now available to everyone

Have you seen the new printing capability from iPhones and other iOS devices? One day I clicked forward and voila I was asked if I wanted to print the email. Why, yes I do, how exciting! Now to get a wireless printer.




















In apps that support printing, such as Mail, Photos and Safari Internet, you will see the option shown to Print. Clicking the Print button brings up another dialog box of printer options, now you will select from the printers found on your wireless network.



















This new printing capability, AirPrint, works with HP’s new line of e-printers. OK the new wireless printer will need to fall into this line. I have also been wanting an all-in-one with scanner, so I can print and save those old photographs. There are many options in the HP eprint line.

HP Envy e-All-in-One series uses #60 Ink
HP Photosmart Plus e-AiO (CN216A) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart Premium e-AiO (CN503A#B1H) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart Premium Fax e-AiO (C410a) uses #564 Ink
HP Photosmart e-AiO (CN731A) uses #60 Ink
HP Photosmart eStation (C510) uses #564 Ink
HP LaserJet Pro M1536dnf Multifunction Printer uses #CE278A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fn Color Multifunction Printer uses #128A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CM1415fnw Color Multifunction Printer uses #128A Toner
HP LaserJet Pro CP1525n Color Printer uses #128A Toner

HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer uses #128A Toner
HP Officejet 6500A e-AiO uses #920XL Ink
HP Officejet 6500A Plus e-AiO uses #920XL Ink

HP Officejet 7500A Wide Format e-AiO uses #920XL Ink
HP Officejet Pro 8500A e-AiO uses #940XL Ink
HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus e-AiO #940XL Ink


I decided on the Photosmart e-All-in-One printer (Model: CN731A), because at an affordable price I was able to get wireless access and an all in one with scanner & copier, plus the HP 60 ink cartridges this printer requires come in remanufactured (better for our environment and my wallet).

Now that I have my new printer in hand I love it. It is a beautiful small, black desktop printer, was easy to set up on my wireless network, worked with Windows XP and Windows 7 and our iPhones automatically connected to it. During the printer setup process you are provided with a personal email address so anyone can email, from anywhere, to your printer.

This must be one of the most convenient printers. I print photos, emails and coupons from my phone and laptop. Anyone can email to the printer, who needs a fax? We never need to wait to print until able to physically connect to the printer.

What type of printer do you use? Feel free to discuss the pros and cons.

Making Memories: How to Print Your Own Digital Photographs

Taking terrific photos is only half the fun. Those beautiful sceneries and special events, loving family moments and fun times with friends out on the town deserve more than to live in your camera.

You want lovely photographs printed, so that you can scrapbook and frame them to cherish for years to come, but this no longer means you need to make a trip to a photo lab. Print those beautiful, full color photos from your own printer.

If you haven’t printed in a while, or do not currently get the results you are looking for in a photograph, it would be wise to run a printer alignment, color calibration and print cartridge cleaning. These functions (accessible from the printer menu) prevent blurring, streaking and improperly aligned prints.

Set your printer for photo quality prints. While normal mode works well for drafts and text, you will get the finest photo printed by switching to the best mode or photo mode. Choose your printer’s highest possible color resolution. The greater the d.p.i. setting, the better your prints will be. Also in your printer preferences, set your printer to accommodate the type of paper you are using.

Print on high quality photo paper. Color photographs generally look best on glossy photo papers, if printing classic black and white photos you may want to choose a matte finish photo paper.

Once you have printed your stunning photographs, give the ink up to 12 hours to dry to be safe before placing in a frame or scrapbook.

Epson Conquers The Printer Cable With iPhone App

For years the printer cable was a tether by which the computer user was kept in spitting distance of their Epson printer. A slave were they to the length of that copper wire. But no longer. For, according to a December 14th, 2009 press release from Epson, owners of network capable Epson printers, including the Artisan 810 and Workforce 610, will be able to print their images wirelessly. The means of this freedom? Nothing less than Epson’s very own iPrint Application, for use with the iPhone.


The Epson App is available from the iTunes App store, seated alongside similar releases from rival brands. Earlier this year both Hewlett Packard and Canon enabled their customers to cast away their printer cables, so long as they own iPhones. The Apple device comes equipped with a sixth sense, meaning that it’s capable of automatically identifying printers in your network. It does this with WiFi. Yet persons seeking this printing freedom ought beware: according to a December 14th 2009 post by Ragu Magapann at TheStandard.com, the quality of images produced on the iPhone is mediocre.

Top Photo Printing Tips from Clickinks.com

Top Photo Printing Tips from Clickinks.com

1) Choose the Right Paper – normal, glossy, premium glossy, matte etc. You can even save up to 60% on buying Clickinks paper.

2) Use our Ink – Lab tests have shown Clickinks' ink to be the same quality as OEM ink, but of course it is a fraction of the price. So go ahead, print as many copies of your photos as you’d like and share them w/ friends and family.

3) Check your settings – Setting up your printer properly for page layout, borders, centering, paper type etc.


Check Your Settings:

Properly configuring your printer’s settings before printing is essential to producing optimal results for your photos. The options available for each specific printer model can vary greatly, but the settings discussed below are some of the most common.

Quality Options: Printers typically have quality options like “draft”, “text”, “photo” and “best photo” to select from in the printer dialog box. Choose the best quality available and make sure you have the right paper for that selection (glossy photo paper for high quality prints).

Paper Options: Select the paper you have loaded in your printer in this selection box. Printers are specifically calibrated to apply ink differently based on the paper you have loaded.

Orientation: Choose the appropriate format for the photo you are trying to print. (show examples of pics in landscape & portrait).

Other Settings: Many printers have the option to center the image and reduce / enlarge the size. It is not recommended that you use the enlarge function as it will deteriorate the quality of the image (significantly after more than a 20% change in size).

Finally, use print preview. Check that the size, orientation and margins all look right before printing. Once you’re confident that all your settings are correct, print it!