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9IPT: Printers

posted Aug 5, 2012, 2:50 PM by Eddie Woo   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 3:10 PM by Samuel Chu ]
Printing. This is just the thing we have to do before handing in an assignment. Boring... right? Wrong! Today we're going to look at four different kinds of printers, and look at all the wonderful technological innovations that go into turning pieces of data into things that you can hold in your hands. 

Please complete the following tasks:
  1. Describe the operation of an inkjet printer, and hence explain some of the disadvantages of this printing method.
  2. Compare and contrast the operation of a thermal inkjet printer with a piezoelectric inkjet printer.
  3. Describe the operation of an laser printer, and hence explain the strengths and weaknesses of this printing method.
  4. Describe the method used by a 3D printer to create figures with height, width and depth.
  5. Outline the unique characteristics of the Makerbot, and discuss the social and ethical issues it raises.

3D Printing