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3D printing to reach a million homes by 2018

3d printing3D Printing is set to reach around one million homes by 2018, according to research from leading hi-tech analysts Juniper Research.

Juniper Research, who offer consultancy, analyst reports and industry commentary to the global hi-tech communications sector, have revealed the incredible predicted growth of 3D printing – with 3D printers thought to rise to one million from just over an estimated 44,000 this year.

According to new report, Consumer 3D Printing & Scanning: Service Models, Devices & Opportunities 2014-2018, it is noted that it still very early days for 3D printing, with the technology yet to really capture the imagination of consumers.  However, while shipments are at relatively low levels currently, Juniper expects a large increase beyond the five-year period.

The predicted growth is expected to be a result of an ever widening scope of applicability, driven by the entry and growth of the more established printing vendors, such as HP. This in turn will be coupled with a more attractive pricing proposition for consumers.

Also, there is a mention of the need to truly discover “killer apps”, along with the appropriate eco-system of software, apps and materials that will allow for genuine excitement over the potential of 3D printing.

The established printing vendors have yet to ‘show their cards’, but niche and novelty applications are on the increase. For instance, companies such as Hasbro and Hersheys are working with 3D printing vendors to develop unique applications for consumer use.

The report also observed that with the widespread technological awareness among consumers, it is now much easier to generate interest, and possibly hype, for new products and applications when they are finally introduced.

Report author Nitin Bhas added: “Educating and motivating the public on the idea of 3D printing, to create everyday objects is critical for the long-term success of this segment. Killer applications and content will be the key drivers – something unique and personalised, which is not available in stores already”.

Midwich have recently announced that they are to offer three-year warranties on their 3D printers, making them more accessible to consumers.

Canon PIXMA Printers named as best Inkjet Printer brand for 2013

canon pixma printersCanon PIXMA Printers have been hailed as the number one total inkjet printer brand for 2013 based on unit sales, according to the International Data Corporation [IDC].

IDC, who are the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, have revealed that Canon PIXMA Printer have dominated the inkjet printer industry throughout 2013.

Canon PIXMA Printers had a market share of 40.92% last year, with Canon printers and multifunction printers topping their respective categories.

“At the core of our success and the focus of everything that we do is the delight of our customers,” said Bong Serevo, Consumer Systems Products Division Head and Vice President of Canon Marketing Inc.

“Our innovative products cater to everyone according to their printing needs and budget so there is a Canon PIXMA Printer for everyone.”

Canon PIXMA Printers are equipped with FINE technology, enabling users to print truly high-quality photographs at impressive speeds.  The devices, which are renowned for their ease of use, quality and efficiency, also come with Chromolife 100+ technology that guarantees every photo printed with Canon ink and photo paper lasts up to 300 years.

Recently, the Canon PIXMA Pro 100 was given the prestigious title of Printer of the Year for 2013 by PhotographyBlog.com.

 

Kyocera joins Mopria Alliance as executive member

mopria allianceKYOCERA Document Solutions Inc, one of the leading manufacturers of document imaging solutions and document management systems, has joined the Mopria Alliance.

The Mopria Alliance is a non-profit organisation created, which has the goal of simplifying wireless printing from smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

The Mopria Alliance aims to develop a standard interface that will allow users to connect to any printer – regardless of the manufacturer – with virtually any mobile device.

By standardising mobile printing technologies, the Mopria Alliance will enable mobile app developers and other industry players to focus resources on innovation and new features beyond maintaining basic print functions.

By joining the Mopria Alliance as an executive member, KYOCERA is confirming its stance as an active participant in the pursuit of standardised, intuitive and wireless printing environments.

“This is a concerted effort by software designers, OS providers, mobile device designers and printer manufacturers,” said Ryuzo Morita, director of KYOCERA Document Solutions and senior GM of its Corporate Strategy Planning Division.

“Our mutual goal is to achieve intuitive mobile printing in any environment, regardless of location or platform. It’s where today’s mobile uers want us to devote our attention.”

Joining the Mopria Alliance is the latest strategic initiative undertaken by the company to expand the capabilities of its award-winning KYOCERA MFPs and printers.

Easter Opening Hours

First of all, everyone here at Printerbase would like to wish you all a Happy Easter – we hope you enjoy the bank holiday!

Over the Easter bank holiday, the Printerbase office closes at 5:30pm on Thursday 17th April 2014 and re-opens on Tuesday 22nd April 2014 at 8:30am.

However, although our office will be closed, you can still order online at Printerbase.co.uk and we will get any items you have ordered from us delivered to you on Wednesday 23rd April 2014.

Enjoy your Easter Eggs, everyone!

How to avoid paper jams in printers

how to avoid paper jams in printersFrom time to time, you will get a frustrating paper jam in your printer, though there definitely are ways you can minimise the chances of it actually happening.  That is why we have decided to compile a short list on how to avoid paper jams in printers.

Obviously, every printer is different in the way it is setup, but plenty of these tips on how to avoid paper jams in printers should work when it comes to your device.

HOW TO AVOID PAPER JAMS IN PRINTERS

  • When it comes to your printer’s paper tray, try not to fill it to capacity.  If you continue to get printer paper jams, then reduce the amount of paper you add to the tray each time you fill it
  • Make sure you are using the correct type of paper!  Most printers have a limit in terms of the media it can print on.  Folded, labeled and special hard-bound papers can often cause unwanted paper jams in printers.  Check the manual or simply play it safe with standard office paper.
  • Don’t mix the paper that you intend to print on – if you need to change the style or size of the paper, then ensure you remove any other paper in the printer to prevent paper jams.
  • Make sure that your paper tray is aligned to the printer properly as it feeds the paper into the device.  Many printers have a slider that allows various types and sizes of paper to be used in the device – if this is used correctly, it can help stop printer jams.
  • It may sound simple, but make sure that you avoid pushing the paper too far into the tray – it can cause the paper to jam in the printer as it tries to feed it through.
  • Before you print, take a look at your printer to see if there’s any bits of paper from previous prints – this is a common cause of reoccurring paper jams in printers.

Hopefully, these tips have given you a few ideas on how to avoid paper jams in printers – we hope your prints are smooth, simple and stress-free from now on!

 

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