How to Get Printer Ink Off Your Hands and Out of Fabric

January 26, 2015

We all use printers on a regular basis for personal and business reasons. While they certainly are handy gadgets, sometimes their ink can cause a big mess. Getting it on your hands can have you scrubbing for hours, and getting it on your clothes can have you donating that expensive sports suit or throwing out that brand new blouse. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions. Following them can help you to keep your hands looking spotless and get those stubborn stains out.

When printer ink gets on your hands, the best thing to do is begin with a good scrub. In some cases, good old soap and water will do the trick and get the ink out. If that does not work, try a little rubbing alcohol. Using a soaked cotton ball or cloth, wipe your hands with alcohol until they come clean. A quick spray of Windex or hairspray can provide the same cleaning benefits in a pinch. When you are finished, grab some lotion to add much needed moisture back into your skin.

1. Tea Tree Oil

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For people who prefer more natural methods of removing ink from hands and skin, tea tree oil is a great option. Simply put a few drops on your hands, and wipe with a paper towel or washcloth to get the ink out. Tea tree oil can also be drying, so make sure to have some lotion on hand once you have removed the ink.

2. Alcohol

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If your printer’s ink has traveled to your favorite shirt or pants, alcohol can help you to get the stains out of those too. For best results, try to remove the ink stains when they are fresh and have not yet set in. Simply take the alcohol and dab, never rub, until ink is no longer removed onto the towel. Once this happens, wash your clothes as usual as soon as you can.

3. Stain Stick
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Another great thing to have on hand for unexpected accidents is a stain stick. These are available at most drug and grocery stores, and they can be applied to fresh stains to keep them from setting in. While some will actually remove the stain, others will keep the ink from drying so it can be more easily removed at a later time. This is really handy if you are at work or otherwise away from home and cannot attend to the ink spots right away.

4. Professional Cleaner

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If your clothes are dry clean only, these methods may work, but it is a good idea to consult with a professional cleaner first. Some garments are made of materials that alcohol and stain removers can ruin, and in those cases, using these products may do more harm than good.

Printer ink accidents happen, but when they do, it helps to have some knowledge and be prepared. By working quickly to get stubborn stains out of hands and clothes, you can keep yourself looking professional and feeling fresh and clean all day long.


Here Are The Pros And Cons Of Inkjet And Laser Printers

January 23, 2015

Are you thinking about buying an inkjet or Laser printer? If you are, then you should know what the pros and cons are of both. Below are some pros and cons of inkjet and Laser printers.

1. Inkjet Pros And Cons

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One of the best things about these types of inkjet printers is the price. In other words, they are very affordable. Not only are the printers affordable, but they tend to be very easy to use, and the chances are you will find that most Inkjet printers are very easy to use, or easy to learn how to use. Also, most Inkjet printers are very light, can print quality images, they don’t need a warm-up and they work with a lot of different types of paper.

However, there are some cons of inkjet printers, with one of them being that ink is quite expensive, and they tend to work the best with paper that is of higher-grade. Perhaps the biggest con of inkjet printers is that the ink can actually dry up, but that usually happens after a few months of the printer not being used. Printouts from inkjet printers may end up smearing or fading, and this is why it is important for users to let printouts dry.

2. Laser Printers Pros And Cons

Laser printers have many pros to them, with one of the best ones being that they print very fast, and in matter of fact they can print out around 20-40 pages of text per minute, which is very fast. Many offices actually choose to use laser printers, and one of the reasons why is because of how fast they print. If you print text documents often, then you will be amazed at the sharpness of laser printers.

Other pros include supplies for the printers are affordable, and many people are surprised at how affordable supplies are. Not only that, but laser printers are extremely durable, which means if you get one, you can expect it to last a very long time. So, if you need a printer that works great, is very reliable and prints stuff out very fast, then a laser printer is something you might be interested in buying.

As for the cons, one of the biggest ones is that you cannot use a lot of different types of paper. Laser printers are also not good to use for printing out photos. Unlike inkjet printers, laser ones tend to weight a lot, which means you might find them to be quite heavy, and the overall price of a laser printer is quite expensive, but remember that the supplies are relatively inexpensive. It is also quite slow to warm-up, but some do warm-up quite quickly, but most laser printers do take a little while to warm-up.

As you can see, there are pros and cons to both types of printers. However, both kinds of printers are good to own. All you have to do is figure out which one has the features you want and then choose accordingly.


A Consumer’s Guide To The World Of 3D Printing

January 21, 2015

While some parts of the 21st century are proving woefully un-futuristic, (still no flying cars!) in other areas technology is producing some amazing advances. 3D printing is certainly one of these cutting edge fields. Today it’s possible to convert digital shapes into real ones with a speed and economy that would be practically unthinkable just a few years ago.

Technology Basics

While there are many different technologies that can be used to translate a digital 3D model into a physical object, we’ll focus on the one that’s most common at the consumer level of the 3D printer marketplace: fused deposition modeling. This is a fancy name for a simple process. Ordinary plastic is heated up until it is molten and then deposited through a precise nozzle. Depending on the model of 3D printer being used, either the nozzle or the model table (or both) are moved according to the digital shape being created. This allows complex shapes to be formed. Most FDM printers require frequent cooling of their plastic material during printing in order to retain the desired shape.

Software Support

As mentioned earlier, all 3D printing projects start with a digital model that’s going to be created in real space. Digital models can be created in a variety of different CAD programs, many of which are available free of charge. A finished digital model is converted into a standardized file format. (usually .STL or .OBJ) This file is processed into a G-code file (this step can also be performed by free software) that consists of specific printer instructions detailing how the model should be constructed. The instructions can be modified manually to change the printing process in order to minimize waste and speed up printing time.

Powered By The Open Source Community

It’s not accidental that we’ve talked about free software multiple times already. Consumer 3D printing is a field that’s attracted a lot of attention from open source advocates. These are designers and programmers who believe in the free exchange of information, and their involvement has been vital in pushing forward 3D printing technology. Thanks to this information-sharing spirit, a great deal of the necessary software and technical know-how for 3D printing is available free of cost. The RepRap project, an ongoing effort to develop 3D printing into an affordable consumer tool, has helped to push prices down and make printers easier to build and operate. Users also share their digital models online, making it easy to find sources for 3D printing projects.

The Do-It-Yourself Angle

Thanks to the 3D printing community’s attitude towards sharing, getting into the field can be surprisingly affordable. While assembling or purchasing a 3D printer would have cost several thousand dollars just a few years ago, today the components needed to assemble a basic RepRap machine can be purchased for just $500. Of course, creating a working 3D printer with minimal financial investment requires a lot of skill and time. There are also commercial options available that deliver working printers faster. These are of course more expensive; the MakerBot Replicator, for example, is a fully-assembled ready-to-use 3D printer that costs a little over two thousand dollars.

The field of 3D printing is evolving rapidly. More than most, it relies on curious amateurs jumping in feet-first. While the learning curve can be steep, the rewards more than justify the costs for 3D printing enthusiasts. They love being able to create something wonderful out of nothing, and their continued exploration just pushes the technology forward faster and faster.


Do You Need a Photo Printer?

January 19, 2015

When it comes to printing, there are an overwhelming number of options available. At one point in time, people had to take all of their printing needs elsewhere, that is no longer the case. Today, there are several styles of printers that can be purchased for home and business purposes. For many, it can be desirable for more than one of these devices to be readily available.

Before purchasing a printer, there are several questions that need to be asked. For example, the rate of speed that is needed regularly. Many businesses and individuals choose to do their own printing rather than sending the work out to a printing service. In many instances this works great. However, if there is a great deal of printing that needs to be done on a regularly basis, this choice needs to be carefully considered. A printer that can handle a high volume of work will be necessary to make the purchase useful.

For both home and office purposes, there is an increasing interest in the ability to print pictures. At one point, a couple of major manufacturers had the edge over competitors regarding photo prints. Today, very few people send their photos away for printing. However, determining the best way to obtain photo pictures is not always easy.

epson_stylus_photo_r2000In many cases, buying a photo printer can be a good idea. There are a couple of different factors that should be weighed in for the decision making process. The first is how many photos will be printed regularly. Some people enjoy printing and sharing photographs regularly and should invest in a high quality printer for that purpose.

The use of the photographs is another consideration. If the pictures that will be printed are for casual use, the expenditure on an entirely new printer may not be a wise idea. However, if the photos are to be displayed or framed and shared with others, they need to be made on a high quality machine that is designed especially for photographs.

Another thing that people need to think about regarding a photo printer is the amount of space the printer and supplies will require. These specialty printers are generally used in addition to a traditional printer, which means that more room will be needed in the office area. The paper, ink and other materials will need to be stored safely.

Also, when printers are not used regularly, problems may develop with the printing process. The machine may need to be cleaned or otherwise serviced before it will function properly. For those who only require high quality photos once or twice each year, it may be a better idea to outsource the printing process rather than deal with the maintenance costs and time associated with owning one.

A photo printer can be a great addition to any professional or home office, provided that it will be used on a regular basis. Before purchase, it is important that someone consider their needs and uses first.


Things To Consider When Buying A Printer

January 16, 2015

You can find a few great printers that don’t cost much to operate if you are willing to do some research. The good thing about the Internet in this day and age is that you can learn anything about a product before putting money into it. Here is more information to get you what you need.

You are going to want to make sure you are able to get a printer with ink that has a cheap price at stores in your area or that you can order for a decent price. It may be a good idea to look into ink cartridges that you can refill on your own if you happen to use a lot of ink quickly because you print a lot. Remember that after time if you have to buy a lot of ink nonstop it makes a cheap printer with no choices actually start to cost far more than an expensive option.

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Can you get away with printing in black and white only? If you’re not going to be doing full color photographs, then you probably can get a printer that only does black and white for a fraction of the price. Even if you have a color option, if you want to save the most money then it’s best not to use colors when printing. Whatever kind of printer you get from inkjet to laser, it’s all about making sure you are saving the most from job to job through using the cheapest options with your printer.

Printer paper is expensive if you’re always printing and just buy it randomly. You will want to buy it in bulk when you can and all from the same place for each type of paper. That way, when you make a large order for your paper you can get all of it in one shipment which is a lot more simple for them and you to work on shipping for. Plus, when all of your paper is in a set of boxes you get, you don’t have to open any of it until it’s time to use it so storing it can be done by keeping it in boxes.

They make printers that can copy and scan that can help you to make sure you’re saving money when you want to do a variety of tasks for home. There are also companies out there that allow you to use scans from your printer’s scanner to send people a fax with even if they’re far away. You’re going to want to look at every printer in your price range to see what the features are so that can help you figure out if the price is worth it.

Good printers that don’t cost a lot of money to use are out there, you just have to look around. Never just buy a printer blindly and expect it to be good and cheap to use. Any research you can do to help you get a better printer is worthwhile.


Learn How To Make Your Ink Cartridge Last Longer And You Will Save Money

January 14, 2015

If you often have to print out documents and essays, you may find yourself spending a lot of money on ink. Although they may look small, those ink cartridges come with a hefty price tag attached to them. If you are living on a budget, you may not have money to afford ink all the time, but there are several things that you can do to ensure your ink cartridges will last longer than they normally would. In fact, by following these useful tips, you may not need to replace your ink cartridge for several months, even if you are using your printer regularly.

When you receive a notice that the ink in your cartridge is getting low, it does not mean that you have to run out to the store to buy ink right away. The notice tends to appear on the screen when you have used half of the cartridge, which means you still have a long way to go before it is completely empty. Even so, it is good to receive a warning so that you know you have used a good bit of ink and may need to make a few changes to your printing habits.

cartrdige-534450_640Did you know that if you use a large font each time your print something, you are wasting additional ink? Just think about it. Those larger letters are thicker and longer, so they require the use of more ink to come out clearly on the paper. If it is not necessary to use such a large font, consider switching to something that is smaller yet still legible.

You may want to try using the Calibri font in size 11 or 12, which is often considered the standard for most documents. Not only is the font small and thin, it can still be read easily by most people despite its size. Each time you increase the size just a bit, you are losing out on ink and costing yourself more money. If you tend to forget to switch the font, write it down on a sticky note and place it right on your computer monitor so that you cannot forget.

Have you ever printed something out and did not like the way it looks? You may have noticed it looks a bit off, or suddenly you realize that you have a few spelling errors in your paper that need to be fixed, which means you end up printing out several more copies. When this occurs, you end up wasting ink because you are printing the same document more than once.

Avoid making mistakes by re-reading the documents before you even hit the print button, which will allow you fix errors ahead of time. Once you are ready to start printing, click the preview button beforehand, which shows you a copy of how your document will look when it comes out of the printer. These simple tips can help you reserve some of your printer’s ink so that you do not have to spend money to get more ink all the time.


The Amazing Uses Of 3D Printers

January 12, 2015

It’s amazing the new technologies people are using these days. Even as little as five years ago, the idea of 3D printing was nothing more than a fairy tale, something out of a science fiction book rather than science fact. Yet now, people are able to not only print 3D objects, but 3D printers are actually affordable objects to own in your own home. What are some of the amazing things people are doing with 3D printers these days?

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One of the best uses you can get out of a home 3D printer is if you play any kind of table top or board game that requires miniature figurines. 3D printers excel at making those kinds of figurines, and many people who play a lot of table top games greatly enjoy the versatility of being able to print out their own custom figurines that work perfectly for whatever game they’re playing.

3D printers are also seeing use in custom made prosthetic limbs. There’s a large number of people and animals out there that require the use of a prosthetic limb due to a number of different kinds of accidents and mishaps. One of the sweetest stories of the use of 3D printing to create prosthetic limbs is that of Derby the Dog. Derby was a dog born with deformed front legs, which caused him to be unable to run and play like most dogs.

Luckily for him, someone named Tara Anderson, the director at a company called 3D systems, figured out that they could use a 3D printer to create some prosthetic limbs for the dog. They use a unique, oval shaped design to make front limbs for Derby, which allowed the dog to run and jump and play for the first time in his life. Without the modern miracle of 3D printing, this poor dog wouldn’t have ever known the joy of being able to run around.

That’s not all 3D printing is used for, however. There are a number of mechanist situations where you can use the magic of 3D printing instead of the old, traditional tools of the trade. 3D printing can create small, moving parts needed for a number of different machines, parts that, in times past, would have needed long and careful work by someone trained in various metal working skills. There are even some parts of modern guns that can be produced with 3D printing!

At the end of the day, 3D printing is still a new technology. As such, there’s no telling how many new and different uses will be found for this amazing technology. But already, people are finding a number of fantastic uses, both for work, education, and simple entertainment value. And 3D printing is already relatively cheap, especially compared to how much it cost even three years ago. So if you’re wondering if it’s worthwhile to become an early adopter and try out this amazing new technology, the answer is almost emphatically yes, you absolutely should.


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