Great Product Design Student Work: A Paper-Saving Printer That Takes Rolls, Not Sheets

Lots of things that I print out—UPS shipping labels, diagrams from PDF manuals, shopping lists with part numbers, archived crossword puzzles—don’t require using an entire 8.5×11 sheet of paper. But that’s the only size my printer takes, so I generate a fair bit of waste.

Industrial designer Jisan Chung, while pursuing his M.A. in Product Design at ECAL, conceived of this Roller Jet printer as his diploma project:

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“In many places, printed paper has been replaced by screens, changing the role of home printers. Yet, at the same time, we enjoy tangible interactions – such as taking notes on printouts and simply carrying them around for reference.”

“Roller Jet proposes new use-cases for home printers in this digitalised world. Using a roll of paper instead of sheets, it can print out any length you want – from small sizes for tickets, check-lists, daily schedules, grid lines or gift wraps to A4 size or larger for documents. After printing, the paper can be easily torn off with a single hand.”

Great concept, and takes up way less space on a desk. I’d buy one in a heartbeat. (I’d just have to find some way to deal with papers constantly trying to curl themselves up.)

Source: core77

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