The History of Computer Printers

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    The History of a Computer Printer

  • Electrophotogaphy

    In 1938, a man named Chester Carlson invented a dry printing process called electrophotographic or better known as Xerox. This was the foundation technology for modern laser printing.
  • Dot Matrix Printer

    Dot Matrix Printer
    In 1970, the LA30 Printer was a dot matrix printer created by Digital Equipment Corporation of Maynard, Massachusetts. It printed 80 columns of uppercase dot matrix characters on a certain sized piece of paper. Up until the 1990's, the dot matrix was the most efficient printer to use for the public.
  • IBM 3800

    IBM 3800
    In 1976, a company called IBM created their first printer, called the IBM 3800. This printer was first installed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and then later bought by large companies. The IBM 3800 was the worlds first high-speed laser printer and was also the first printer to combine laser technology and electrophotography.
  • Laserjet printer

    Laserjet printer
    The HP Laserjet Printer was created in 1984. It was one of the first desktop printers to be sold and was priced at over $3,500. The Laserjet printer could have different fonts and was open to innovations. The model of this printer was also a lot smaller and compact compared to the IMP 3800, making it much more convenient for the public use.
  • HP Deskjet Printer

    HP Deskjet Printer
    In 1988,the HP Deskjet Printer was one of the highest selling printers. It offered continuous high quality plain paper printing because of its inkjet predecessors priced at around $1000.
  • 21st Century Printing

    21st Century Printing
    In 2003, both HP and Espon created the very first wireless printers for Microsoft to be used. It became very popular.
  • 3-D printing

    3-D printing
    In 2011, a company named 'Z Corporation' created a 3-D printing machine. This was one of the first space-age printers to be created. 3-D printing is a truly revolutionary thing, just wonder what might come next in the future! Maybe 4-D printing..?