Using “Zink” to print with no “Ink”

As an IT specialist the thing I most despised, on the hardware side of IT work, was printers. I have experienced the dot matrix, ink jet and laser printer and there has not been anyone of those technologies I can really say I liked or found great joy in working with. Yes, it has become somewhat easier to make that connection to the computer. Yes, printers have become inexpensive to the point that they are easily replaceable and disposable; BUT, the one thing that has not changed is the cost of the ink or laser cartridges.  Buy three rounds of ink jet cartridges and the cost will exceed what you paid for the printer.  It is the old “razors and razor blades” marketing plan. Give the razor away, and charge a lot for the ‘refills’.  Well, this all may be changing…

ZinkWhile trolling the internet a small photo printer by Dell, called the Wasabi PZ310 ultra-mobile “ZINK” ink free photo printer caught my attention. The device is not what captured my attention; it was the “ink free” digital technology behind it, called “ZINK” that did. To learn more about ZINK and to let the reader’s of the blog know about this “ink free” digital technology, I captured the following information straight from the ZINK website.  Hopefully the “how and way” we print may be changing; and hopefully the cost!

You can click on any of the links below to jump to the Zink web site where video clips are provided to explain how the technology works and how this technology will enable you to print from any digital device (e.g. smartphones, televisions, GPS, laptop).  Printing will never be the same.  I hope the cost of the Zink paper, which is pricey, comes down in cost as the technology catches on.  An example of a current pricing model,  is the Zink paper for the Polaroid Pogo, that is another instant mobile printer:  (30 sheets – 2″ x 3″) currently priced at Sam’s Club at $9.78.

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What is ZINK?

ZINK stands for Zero Ink – an amazing new way to print in full color without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. The ZINK Technology encompasses both the ZINK Paper and the intelligence embedded in every ZINK-enabled device. The technology enables a new category of color printing devices and paper that work as a system to print in a whole new way.

ZINK Technology is based on advances in chemistry, engineering, physics, image science, and manufacturing. ZINK was developed over several years and has generated an IP portfolio that includes over 100 patents and patents pending. And development of the next generation of ZINK continues in our labs daily.

ZINK Technology is fully developed and market ready. Our partners’ ZINK-enabled products are available now. ZINK is changing the way the world thinks about printing.

How ZINK Works

At the heart of the ZINK Technology is the patented ZINK Paper, an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside, and a protective polymer overcoat layer outside. The crystals are colorless before printing, so ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper. Heat from a ZINK-enabled device activates the crystals, forming all the colors of the rainbow. The printing process is now radically simple. Just add ZINK Paper.

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3 thoughts on “Using “Zink” to print with no “Ink”

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  1. I love hearing about new technology (especially new tech that appears to have no ‘downside’, or Big Brother implications) and so I tip my geek hat to you, sir.
    This had escaped my notice until now.

    I see that the printer (itself) is priced quite comparably at $99.


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