How the Printer Evolved Over the Years

How the Printer Evolved Over the Years
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Diamond Sutra

Being the world’s earliest complete survival of a dated printed book, Diamond Sutra were printed from carved wooden blocks and written in Chinese. The quality of the illustration at the opening of the ‘Diamond Sutra’ is a proof of immense experience and skill possessed by the carver of the printing blocks.

Gutenberg Printing Press

The printing industry’s greatest turnaround was the invention by Johann Gutenberg who came up with the most revolutionizing invention of his time. The Gutenberg Printing Press.

Comparing the standard with current technology, the process falls way behind. Gutenberg Printing Press consisted of wooden machines that need to be manually operated, and even the application of ink had to be done manually.


The process of photocopy is so synonymous with the word XEROX. Chester Carlson, the inventor of the XEROX patented the invention.

Chester Carlson found the process of photocopy led by a team of researchers. The Model A was not an easy process with 39 steps to be completed for a single photocopy run.

Dot Matrix

Though the Dot Matrix printers were great, they couldn’t offer the qualities of fast print, good output quality and ability to print artwork without a dot-matrix style which was offered by the inkjet printers.

Once the market was open to Dot Matrix, the home and work environment were filled with the Dot Matrix printers. However this declined after the entry of the Epson MX-80 into the market. It offered a relatively quieter and better quality output compared to previous models while also paving the way towards higher resolution printers.

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Although the dot matrix printers were very common until the 1990s, the inkjets quickly replaced them and took over the market.

ColourQube technology

The ColorQube technology was released by Xerox Corporations. Xerox’s ColorQube technology used blocks of crayon like substance with the printers containing 3,000 print heads a piece, and 900 ink nozzles each. The new printers from Xerox reportedly used a single customer replaceable component.

It was also reported that Xerox’s new ColorQube printers produced 90% lesser waste than laser printers.