Israelis develop innovative new printing technology

Friday, June 08, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israeli researchers at the College of Judea and Samaria in the “settlement” of Ariel have developed an innovative new printing technology that could revolutionize the entire printing industry.

Called Jetrix, the technology basically takes the concept behind flat-screen televisions and computer monitors, which use arrays of light-emitting diodes, and applies it to the printing process.

In short, Jetrix uses a page-sized matrix of ink heads to print more than 1,000 pages in less than a minute.

Industrial printers are capable of similar print rates, but are prohibitively expensive. The Israeli invention would conceivably be within the budget of the average home computer user.

But the brains behind Jetrix - Moshe and Nissim Einat - see far more exciting possibilities than simply printing out your homework in half a second, reported Israel21c.

The extremely rapid print rates Jetrix is capable of could facilitate “on demand” printed products, such as books, magazines and newspapers. Customers could theoretically have a book printed for them on the spot while they pay for it. Such an application of the technology could save publishers and book retailers thousands of dollars, as about 40 percent of printed books never leave the store shelf.

It could also give a huge boost to the lagging newspaper industry, which is bleeding subscribers at an incredible rate as more and more people turn to the Internet to get their daily news fix. Jetrix could provide newspaper publishers in a feasible way of printing personally-tailored newspapers for each and every subscriber.

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