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Need an executive level primer on the current state of 3D printing.

I'm looking to get up to speed on the current state of 3D printing, from a pretty high level. I'd like to know what the major technologies are, how they compare to each other, who the major players are, and how their products compare with each other. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jun 18, 2014 - 9 answers

3D Printer >$3000?

My wife and I are looking into investing in a 3D printer in the $2-3,000 price range. Can anyone who actually owns one / has used one extensively give any suggestions on brands/models to look at? We're hoping for a basic desktop model with a size capacity of about 8"x8"x8" for making small props, prototypes, etc. Also, what can one expect to pay for the "goop" or whatever they use for a printing medium?
posted by ShutterBun on Nov 18, 2013 - 9 answers

High quality printer/print shop in London

I'm looking to get a one-off print of a digital image printed in London. It's going to be mounted and framed as a birthday gift - a Google search turns up lots of options but I'm looking for somewhere highly recommended and with a great reputation. [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

Inkjet duplex printing - How does it work?

I just got a cheap-o HP printer that features two sided printing. It seems to print on one side, suck the paper back in, and print on the other side. Does anyone know how this works? Does it flip the paper over? My guess is that it loops it back in (back facing down), probably raises the heads, and "prints upside down" the other side. But I'd love to see a diagram or video. Can't find one, though.
posted by thirdgrader on Feb 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Recommendations for a desktop printer that plays well with DVDs/CDs

My work has to produce sometimes one, sometimes two at most DVDs when we do a transfer of an older video recording to digital file. We're looking to purchase a desktop printer for use with DVDs, and I'm hoping the mefi community has recommendations! [more inside]
posted by ethel on Jan 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Airprint works...and is lame.

Is there a better printing app for the iPad than HP eprint or Apple Airprint? One that allows you to print directly to a printer over wifi (i.e., without having another computer running and connected to the network), offers legal size printing and photo print sizes other than 4x6? Thanks!
posted by SampleSize on Jan 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Best way to share a printer?

Best way to share a printer (and/or set up a print server) in a college dorm? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Sep 24, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I print to a Post-It on a budget?

I'm looking for the ability to print to a post-it. 3M wants too much. Any knock-offs or alternatives I could try? Must fit in a standard print tray. [more inside]
posted by NBJack on Sep 7, 2012 - 8 answers

Need spine and pocket label printer options

The library's decades-old Okidata label printer is on its way out. How does your library print spine and pocket labels? [more inside]
posted by Riverine on Aug 21, 2012 - 12 answers

There is probably an easy solution to this, but damned if I can find it.

I have a Macbook with OS X 10.5.8 and Firefox 13.0.1. The printing scale under File -> Page Setup in Firefox has randomly started defaulting to 60%. So every time I restart Firefox, I have to go in there and change it back to 100% before I print anything. I can't figure out how to change it back. Is this a Firefox thing, or a printer thing? [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Help us print things!

Does anyone know of a good printer (online or in Chicago or DC) that can print small-run, custom-sized, double-sided, durable cards? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Dec 19, 2011 - 2 answers

Help me find a great printer for printing colored pencil drawings

Which printer is best for printing colored pencil artwork? [more inside]
posted by parakeetdog on Dec 8, 2011 - 1 answer

In search of the world's most boring printer.

I need the smallest, cheapest, most basic, mac-compatible printer on the market. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Much as I like stripes...

Is my Canon inkjet's print head broken? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Jun 21, 2011 - 7 answers

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF?

How do I achieve crisp text in a Photoshop PDF, and how can I ensure that Photoshop-created type will come out OK when commercially printed? [more inside]
posted by roxie110 on Jun 21, 2010 - 28 answers

How do I get the best color on my printer

How do I get the widest possible range of colors on my Epson Stylus Pro 4880 printer? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills on May 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Epson Stylus Pro 9000 with Os X 10.6.2?

I am the sole creative and IT person for a small nonprofit. We have the opportunity to get an Epson Stylus Pro 9000 printer with inks for free. I have compatibility issues questions. [more inside]
posted by karmaville on Mar 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Handcuffing the users is not an option

My colleagues print out huge amounts of stuff they never pick up. Our mammoth printer offers a few too many ways to curb this. Help me save the rainforests please. [more inside]
posted by Iteki on Feb 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Which Is the Best Printer for Double Sided Black and White?

Which of these printers (or which other one) would be best for a grad student in political science who does nothing but print lots and lots of long black and white double-sided pdf documents? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Feb 5, 2010 - 11 answers

What are some good non-Epson digital papers for my Epson R1900?

What are some good non-Epson digital papers for my Epson R1900? [more inside]
posted by deinemutti on Dec 5, 2009 - 11 answers

I want a fancy printer. How archival should my prints be?

I'm looking into getting a nice printer for printing fine-art quality prints. Help me decide between a couple (Epson v. Canon), and let me know your opinion re: 'archival' quality... [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Oct 6, 2009 - 7 answers

When I say draft I mean draft!

How can I get my HP printer to work correctly with my MacBook Pro? [more inside]
posted by DiscourseMarker on May 19, 2009 - 11 answers

I need help with this creation.

I have invented a calendar that I think is unique in design and function. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Feb 8, 2009 - 12 answers

Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer bought in USA? How to use in U.K?

Just returned from fabulous 2 week holiday in New York. I Brought back Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One Printer from Staples costing $230. Unfortunately, I cannot use it in U.K., unless I plug voltage converter/transformer products. Has anyone else bought this set over there with more success? Any advice \ information appreciated. Please specify me What exact voltage converter product to buy & where to buy it from USA online store. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Jan 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Virtual scissors and tape: Page assembly?

I want software to split, combine, tile, and imposition pages (produced by different apps) before sending the job to the printer. Can I do this without spending megabucks on Acrobat or learning to read and write PostScript by hand? [more inside]
posted by Myself on Oct 26, 2008 - 6 answers

Is there a solvent for laser printer ink?

Is there a solvent for laser printer ink? [more inside]
posted by debord on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Los Angeles Business Cards

LA business card printer? [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Jul 11, 2008 - 7 answers

Printing a large poster on multiple small sheets of paper?

I need to print a 3x4-foot poster onto multiple sheets of regular sized paper, so that I can assemble the pieces to recreate the full-sized poster on a poster-board. Is there any (preferably free) software that will do this for me? [more inside]
posted by nixxon on May 9, 2008 - 12 answers

The search for the right perforated vinyl printer

If I wanted to do a lot of perforated window vinyl prints, like so, what type of printer would I be looking into purchasing? Said printer would have to print large enough to print on just about any vehicle's rear windshield. And where do the major players in this industry get their materials (vinyl, ink, anything else?)? [more inside]
posted by dnthomps on Apr 8, 2008 - 2 answers

DIY portfolio printing - Best paper?

Printer paper - I'm printing my portfolio for application to art college. Hoping to DIY so I'm looking for high quality, A3, dual-sided, matte paper for use with a Canon Pixma IX 4000 printer. I think. [more inside]
posted by rog on Jan 28, 2008 - 6 answers

What printer would you recommend for graphics department for printing color ads and proofs of magazine and newspaper pages?

What office printer would you recommend for a graphics department for printing color ads and proofs of magazine and newspaper pages? NEED Postscript level 3 compatibility , Ethernet, good type output and a nice chunk of RAM (256mb or more). We previously had phaser 8200DP, but it's slowly dying. 11x17 and duplexing would be nice, but not required.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Dec 10, 2007 - 7 answers

Help me utilise my printer

I love printing things. Please direct me to websites with cool things to print out (e.g., interesting pdfs, stationery, stickers, posters, foldable objects, paper cd cases, quotations I should keep, anything that allows me to make the most of my printer!!)
posted by mjao on Oct 27, 2007 - 21 answers

How can I setup automated drop folder (hot folder) printing?

How can I setup automated drop folder (hot folder) printing? I would like a folder to be watched, and when a PDF gets copied to this folder it gets printed right away. [more inside]
posted by monsta coty scott on Oct 16, 2007 - 3 answers

Need printer selection advice, please

I need advice on an affordable inject printer that can print on paper sizes longer than 11 or 14". [more inside]
posted by mdrk on Oct 9, 2007 - 14 answers

Help me get a Mac newbie printing

Looking for an inexpensive wireless printing solution for Mac. [more inside]
posted by AstroGuy on Sep 26, 2007 - 10 answers

Eco-friendly print shop recommendations?

I'm looking for some print shops that do business cards, brochures, posters, etc. that are reasonably priced and environmentally friendly. [more inside]
posted by jruckman on Apr 14, 2007 - 8 answers

I need a replacement 12.1" touchscreen in Phoenix, AZ, by tomorrow

I need a replacement 12.1" touchscreen in Phoenix, AZ, by tomorrow, or for some serious tech people to help me trick a MacDermid Colorspan 9840UV into accepting non-touchscreen input as touchscreen input. [more inside]
posted by Optimus Chyme on Apr 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Finicky feeder

Any tips on a home repair to restore my HP inkjet to its former paper feeding glory? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Feb 12, 2007 - 2 answers

Digital Printing in Atlanta

Where can I find a good digital printing company in Atlanta? [more inside]
posted by Sreiny on Apr 24, 2006 - 3 answers

Windows using a Mac Printer

I have a printer on my MacMini and I want to be able to use it for print requests from my Windows XP laptop. I was able to get it working using CUPS and the MacMini's IP address, but the problem is that since the Mac is on a DHCP wireless network, the IP address can (and has) changed. Now printing from the laptop won't work. How do I identify the Mac from the laptop without using an IP address? [more inside]
posted by ShooBoo on Mar 16, 2006 - 8 answers

Couple questions re: printing digital pictures.

A few questions about printing digital photos in NYC, and tangentially, the legality thereof. [more inside]
posted by Vidiot on Oct 21, 2005 - 19 answers

Bulk printing under windows xp/2000?

How the heck can I bulk print thousands of mixed documents under Windows 2000? [more inside]
posted by ph00dz on Jun 8, 2005 - 6 answers

Printing stuff causes lights to flicker

Why is it, when I print anything, that for minutes after the fact, the lights in my room continue to flicker?
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Mar 4, 2005 - 7 answers

Can you recommend a color printer to replace my EpsonStylus Photo 895 printer

My Epson Printer is bleeding me dry and I won't take it anymore. [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Jan 8, 2004 - 21 answers

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