Disposable Printer

The Instant Cartridge Printer is an awesome idea modeled on the lines of how disposable cameras are dispensed. The plan is to buy a cartridge printer off the shelf, according to the paper size you plan on using. Related info like print speed, print resolution and color is provided on the packaging itself. The designers try and bring in an eco-angle by using recyclable paper for the milk-box packaging and recyclable parts. However the printer is powered by an internal battery & hooks to the device and comp via USB.

Although the concept is pretty neat I doubt it would be practical for people like me who go through printer cartridges faster than ballpen refills!

Designers: Yuexun Chen & Chia-Chen Hsiao

42 Comments

  • Gustav says:

    Why buy a almost as big but uglier thing to throw away? Very wasteful of energy. Stupid!

    • Yuexun says:

      Today, people are buying things they think beauty but not very useful. After one or two years they'll buying another new one.
      Most of people use the printer only few times in a year. But their printer on the shelf plug on the power all the year.
      In the office, employee print everything they want because company should pay for that. The eco-view of this design is not the "recycle" way of the product but make you to think how much you really need. Corporation could control the amount of print by this product. The only one thing to recycle is the paper foam, the cartridge and battery inside is still reusable through the selling chain. The instant camera is one of the good example of this selling module. We don't buy the product because its shape. We buy because the amount of need. Anyway, thanks for the comment. 🙂

      • Gustav says:

        Still sounds like not solving anything but creating an even more wasteful behaviour. Throw away behaviour is the target to attack, make and create things we want to keep and use.

  • dbalieiro says:

    Bad idea… [:|]

  • FUfuji wa says:

    I think that is a great concept.

  • guitarguru102 says:

    Far too many moving/precision parts in order to make this economical. And also, why the battery!? It needs plugged into USB anyway. Something tells me I missing something here, but I'm afraid I'm not.

  • Luiz Lavos says:

    Aren't printers disposable already?

  • trisd says:

    you should call that the prinkter

  • steve says:

    does it print borderless? besides that, i like it.

  • steven says:

    does it print borderless? besides that, i like it

  • steven says:

    does it print borderless? besides that, i like it

  • steven says:

    does it print borderless? besides that, i like it

  • sara says:

    Superb concept, but what about the electric parts of the printer ?

  • sara says:

    Superb concept, but what about the electric parts of the printer ?

  • prism says:

    superb concept ! but what about the electric parts of the printer?

  • Vikilife says:

    sorry,I don't like it

  • Vikilife says:

    sorry,I don't like it

  • mif991 says:

    Makes sense if the cost is the same as buying ink carthridges and paper separately….

  • mif991 says:

    Makes sense if the cost is the same as buying ink carthridges and paper separately….

  • hi im bob says:

    BATTERY!!! you cant just burn them up in a disposable printer. what they should make is printing booths in public places like a shopping centre- you pay some money depending on how many prints you want to make then put in a dollar or whatever and there ya go print away

  • hi im bob says:

    BATTERY!!! you cant just burn them up in a disposable printer. what they should make is printing booths in public places like a shopping centre- you pay some money depending on how many prints you want to make then put in a dollar or whatever and there ya go print away

  • daveed says:

    this is a stupid idea. we do not need to spread disposability and wastefullness to more items around the house.

  • daveed says:

    this is a stupid idea. we do not need to spread disposability and wastefullness to more items around the house.

  • Tokkie Strydom says:

    Good day, is this available in South Africa.

  • Emils Klotins says:

    Same idea I had this morning, but, in my opinion, wrong target.

    We should be aiming at something that costs about $3-8, is about the size of a handheld scanner and powered over USB.

    Inkjet and laser printers are probably out of question because of the electricity requirements and the size of printing heads.

    I would probably go for limiting the printer to printing documents only (no images) and check out resurrecting typewriter heads such as http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/5/52/IBM_Selectric_typeball.jpg/622px-IBM_Selectric_typeball.jpg

    The printer would then need only paper traction mechanism and enough power to move the head and make impressions through the typewriter ribbon.

    It would be quite limited, but its primary purpose would be to comfortably print documents for people who are printing only rarely (wills, contracts, complaints, etc.) and otherwise need to print at work/friends or go to a copy shop.

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