How the Inkjet Printer Works

The technology has been around since 1988 but have you ever wondered how exactly your inkjet printer works? In this infographic you will learn that this all important workhorse is a lot more impressive than you might initially think.

Before inkjet the go-to technology was “Dot Matrix.” Matrix printers can be best compared to a typewriter. This technology creates characters on paper by striking an inked ribbon with a hard surface. This works but is inefficient, loud and the quality is not the greatest.

Then inkjet was introduced, and it was a lot more advanced. Inkjet printers are non-impact devices. This means that they don’t “touch” the paper like a Dot Matrix printer does. Instead droplets about the size of 1/3 a human hair get fired onto the paper directly from the ink nozzle. These microscopic droplets are positioned above the paper very accurately. You could compare it to dropping a penny in a bucket of water from a 30-story building. Not only that but your average inkjet printer can handle resolutions of up to 1,200 dots per inch (DPI).

Intrigued? Check out the accompanying infographic for more inkjet printer facts.

Inkjet Printer Infographic

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