New technology could help you print the kind of books you need in less time.
A team of Australian scientists has developed a printer that can print the latest books on demand, without the need for a dedicated space.
“The dot matrix technology was originally developed for printing the original Microsoft Word,” lead researcher Dr Andrew Ritchie said.
“It is incredibly flexible, but it also allows us to print with much less space, and it can be used on a wide variety of products.”
The team’s printer, called the Optiv, has been developed by University of Adelaide researcher Dr Ritchie and his colleagues.
“Its capabilities include printing a wide range of products on demand,” Dr Rohan said.”[We] can print anything from a book of poetry, to a single page of text, to hundreds of pages of text in a single print.”
“Theoretically it can print all kinds of things, and then there’s a whole host of applications for that,” he said.
Dr Ritchie’s team has developed Optiv for books that need to be printed at home, but that do not require a large print space.
Image: Dr R.R. Ritchie.
“In the past, we’ve been working on printing books, but we’ve struggled to find a suitable space,” Dr Andrew said.
While a dedicated printer would be useful for certain types of books, it would require a lot of space, Dr Rian said.
Optiv, the first printable printer that could print on demand for a range of objects, has a printed-on-demand feature that is similar to what you would find on the Amazon.com website.
“There are a lot more ways to use this technology, and I think we’re going to see this technology being used more and more in the future,” Dr Richard said.
For example, in a classroom, a student could use the printer to produce a printed book for a classroom lecture, while a student at home could print their own copy of the book, with the printed text printed on their own computer.
Dr Richard said he was particularly excited about the printer’s ability to print books that are very small.
“When you go to print something, you’re probably going to want to go through a lot and put a lot effort in to get that done,” he explained.
“So you don’t want to be putting a lot into something that’s probably going have a lot going on that you don of the time or the resources to do that.”
We can do that very easily with the Optiva.
“Dr Riano said that if the Optivo can print books on a large scale, it could allow students to create a library of materials and use them for academic purposes.”
One of the challenges that we’re facing is we don’t have the space to print everything we need in a school, or a university library,” he told ABC News.”
This is a solution that can actually print things that are in our everyday lives, and we can do this in a very simple way.
“Dr Andrew said he hoped the Optivist would help students produce the kind “that would be interesting for other students, to see what their interests are”.”
It’s just going to be fun to see the world in a different way,” Dr Alan said.