inkjet printers for as little as $60-$70.” PC World, (2016). This may not be a big difference in price to some people, but for others this could make or break their opinions. Another thing that could affect which printer one gets is features. “One distinct difference between these two models, however, is that only the inkjet model can print colour pages — budget laser printers are only capable of producing black-and-white documents.” PC World, (2016). If you want to go for print speed and text print quality, laser printers would usually be the best bet to go for. For faster print speeds, laser printing would be the way to go. “ Even in low- end cheaper monochrome laser models you can expect print speeds of up to 20 pages per minute.” PC World, (2016). Inkjet printers print significantly slower at around 6 pages per minute. When it comes to quality, both printer types are similar. If you want to print very small text however, laser printing would suit your needs best. “ If your printing needs include printing small fonts then lasers are normally superior to inkjets, as the fusing technology better lends itself to the minute curves and dots of small text.” PC World, (2016).
Overall, in the long run laser printers may be the best option for most companies and offices. Laser printers may be costly at first, but the maintenance for laser printers could be beneficial in the long run. “Inkjet printers are compact, use less power and are extremely versatile. Laser printers are more expensive upfront, but they are more reliable, easier to maintain and the printing quality is much higher than the inkjet printers.” Diffen, (2016). I personally use an inkjet printer because of how compact they are, but after going to the library to learn about 3D printing, I was fascinated at how the future of printing looked. Out with the old and in with the new! The future of printing is definitely here. The most common type of material used for 3D printing is plastic. There are of course many different types of plastics to use for 3D printing. The most common used in 3D printing is Polylactic Acid, or PLA. “PLA is available in many colors and can be opaque or translucent. A popular choice for 3D printing, it is plant-derived (corn or potatoes) and biodegradable.” France, A. K. (2013). PLA is a type of rigid filament. A more commonly known product is Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). “ABS is the plastic used in LEGO bricks and comes in a rainbow of colors.” France, A. K. (2013). There are also flexible filaments that give off a rubbery texture that can be used for 3D printing as well. Materials for 3D printing can mostly be plastics, but ceramics and metals can be used as well. Models are made with a 3D modeling software which is then printed by a 3D printer. The 3D printer uses multiple angles to create or replicate a certain product. This all started quietly in the 80s by Charles Hull. “Charles Hull invented the first commercial 3D printer and offered it for sale through his company 3D Systems in 1986. Hull's machine used stereolithography, a
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