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Open source Inkjet printers

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This OSAT has been prototyped.

Open Source Inkjet Printers[edit]

A prototype created by Nicholas C Lewis
This shield allows you to connect a HP C6602 inkjet cartridge to your Arduino turning it into a 96dpi print platform


There are a lot of interesting possibilities for the use of such DIY open source inkjet printers to create appropriate technologies for sustainable development.

  • avoiding unnecessary plastic parts in most commercial printers
  • avoiding shipping carbon-fingerprint cost
  • fully customization and artistic projects
  • when your printer will break down, you won't buy a new one like nowadays with commercial printers, you'll just replace or fix the part that is malfunctionining in your open source.
  • no more planned-obsolence chips or drivers added by the manufacturer to force keep replacing their expensive ink cartridge.

Potential Applications[edit]

  1. Replacing commercial inkjet printers
  2. Egg-bot or circular printers like this pingpong printer
  3. Ticket or Barcode printer , Little Printer example, Toilet paper printer idea
  4. More secure printer, e.g. for printing QR-Codes of cryptographic keys (many commercial printers on the market allow recovering recently printed documents from memory)

TO DO[edit]

  • Adding more print cartridge (only HP C6602 inkjet supported at the moment)
  • Creating an open source print cartridge. forum discussion

Other links[edit]