The Stack Printer
Cool printer without the paper tray.
Designer Mugi Yamamoto has designed a unique inkjet printer that sits on top of a stack of paper and uses them its way down through the pile when printing. Mugi Yamamoto designed this as his graduate project and it seems to be very creative. The paper disappears under the printer and exits on top, where it creates a new pile.
Thanks to this new way of printing it is possible to remove the paper tray, the bulkiest element in common printers. This concept allows a very light appearance and avoids frequent reloading. The design shows that it’s entirely possible for gadgets to be both beautiful and environmentally aware.
Yamamoto’s proposed design measures less than an A3 sheet of paper and is 5cm in height, which makes it easy to stash away in a drawer when not in use, not that you’d want to.
Most of the device’s complexity hides underneath the plastic tray, where a lightweight aluminum structure supports all the wheels, electronic boards, and engines. Designer landed on a design that removed the need for a plastic paper tray, the bulkiest element of most printers.
Instead, a set of rubber wheels regulates the paper flow, shifting up and down the length of a piece of paper and using friction to pull paper through the machine.
Right now the Stack is a working prototype, but Yamamoto says he’s looking to work with companies who can help him to refine the design and manufacturing process. “To sell Stack as a mass product, some more development and refinement needs to be done,” he says, noting that the he built the current prototype totally on his own. “To make the function more reliable and to reduce parts and costs, I would like to work together with engineers to find the best solutions.”
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