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Toshiba produces removable ink

March 9, 2012

Printer and ink to be released in late 2012.

Printer manufacturer Toshiba has developed a unique toner that can be removed from ordinary paper for reuse, reports Geek.

The process utilises a heated friction technique known as “FriXion Ball” which can remove the toner up to five times. The removal process is yet to be perfected, with very feint markings still visible on the paper although Geek states that “it’s good enough that further print outs are possible”.

The printer is also capable of scanning and saving digital copies of pages before deleting the toner, and on detection of a sheet that can no longer be used, the page will be moved to a different tray.

Although the technology for reusable printer paper has previously been developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute called i2R e-paper, the technology is comparatively expensive, with each individual sheet of compatible paper costing $2 (€1.50).

Toshiba notes that the new printer and ink is set for release in late 2012. While the only toner colour available initially will be blue, Toshiba plan for other colours. Geek speculates that a full colour version may eventually be released and, more pertinently, with the toner making the erasing procedure possible, multiple printer manufacturers may produce compatible hardware.

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