There has been a recent buzz about the potential for the future of printers in the use of a new concept called the Circle Printer. The fact that the device is actually a cylinder shouldn’t deter you from calling it by the name it has been given. This unique design has everyone clamoring to know more about it, because it solves one of the biggest concerns with printers (besides them always running out of ink): the space they take up.
In fact this little cylindrical printer is being marketed as the ‘courteous printer’ because it is a tiny little drum that is not meant to take up much space on a desk. But then, if it is so radically different in design, how does it still function as the normal printer we know?
The Courteous Concept
Unlike other concepts of various printers (which we have seen many) this particular printer got such a hype because not only is it the first of its design, but it actually manages to function with the particular design it shows.
This printer takes the normal printer drum and tips it over onto its side so that the smallest area of the whole printer is the one that is taking up your desk space. How it can do this is by a method called vertical inversion. Instead of a paper tray, the paper now goes into the top of the printer with a slight ‘soft’ curve (that won’t effect the paper). It is pulled down into the drum, then ejected through the side just the same as if the printer had been turned on its side. Interestingly the handle at the top actually covers over the hole where the paper is placed.
As for the ink toner? You find that hidden on the top part of the printer as well, under a panel. This honestly is probably the first concept of a printer that not only provides new functionality but also a sleek design that is interesting and seems almost futuristic. Plus it keeps the consumer in mind with taking up less room and also managing to make almost no noise (supposedly). Could this become the new future for non-3D printers?
Well we have seen circular designs for printers before, thanks to Samsung and some very bizarre looks, but nothing we’ve seen before adopts a cylinder. This is probably due to the concern many people might have about how the paper has to curve to conform to the printer. However most people aren’t aware that a curve that the printer causes is actually not forced, nor strained. It is a ‘soft’ curve that won’t leave any marks or even need to be crushed and flattened after you print. Of course to be safe you should only put paper in the machine when it actually needs it, otherwise over the course of time it is certainly possible for the paper to try and stick to the curve design.
The biggest news that really came with this concept was that it introduced a revolutionary way of looking at the printer, and for an industry that has mostly stuck to the same square boxes since their birth, a revolution like this is rather large.
There is just one problem with all of this. It may be the wave of the future for printing but we still don’t have real models because it hasn’t been picked up for mass production. This also means we don’t have a real price set for it either, and you could probably bet that something that provides more than a normal printer does will be more expensive than your average printer.
But don’t worry, someone is bound to pick up this ingenious design, even if it is their own make of it, because the hype around this product has proven to printer companies that people want something compact and worth while, while still looking pretty and sleek. So if you want it to come out… voice your thoughts on it!