A printer-driven printer-printing machine could transform faxes and mailing lists.
A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh, the University at Buffalo, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are currently developing a system that uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to scan a print to determine what type of material is needed.
The new system, which has been developed using existing robotic systems, can automatically determine the type of printed material needed by scanning and printing the material at an appropriate wavelength, the researchers say in a paper in Nature Communications.
“The printer-guided printing system has a range of advantages over traditional methods for printing.
The printer-printed material can be configured to meet the needs of the user, including size, shape, and density,” the researchers write.
“The system also has low cost compared to traditional methods.”
The new printer-generated ink can be used for printing on any material, including paper, vinyl, metals, and more.
It can even be used to produce printed books, which could enable future print-on-demand and e-books.
The researchers’ system uses a single, flexible, robot, called the PrintBot, to scan the print and produce a unique color that is stored in a software memory.
When the robot reaches the desired wavelength of material, it then prints the material in the desired material.
The system also allows for automated print-to-order and delivery.
The team has already demonstrated the printer-inspired ink in a single printing process, and it can produce several types of printouts in a matter of seconds.
But it is not yet possible to print on demand using this printer-powered system, so the team is currently exploring the potential to combine this with traditional faxes.
“We have the technology to print out a wide variety of materials, from paper to metals, even text,” lead researcher Chris Lepp said.
The system can also produce printouts with different characteristics depending on the materials it is scanning, such as the type and thickness of the material.
Lepp is now working on using the printer to create other types of printed materials, such stickers, posters, and stickers of different sizes.
“For example, stickers could be made of plastic, glass, or even metals,” he said.
“Other printable materials include plastic ink, printed with a thin layer of a metal, or printed on a surface with a high surface area.”
The printer’s output can be sent to a variety of electronic devices, such a smartphones and tablets, and can be turned on or off to save on energy.
In another project, the team demonstrated a robot-driven printing system that can create prints for a range, from plastic to paper to metal, and even a print for stickers and stickers.
Leipp said that the team plans to expand its capabilities to create custom printed materials.
“We hope to eventually use the printer as an automated production process to create a variety or a variety and variety of printable material, to make prints for different materials,” he explained.
“Eventually, you could even print a custom design of a logo onto the back of a sticker.”