2016-09-20

Gone are the days when the use of thermal receipts is only to act as proof of purchase. Modern point-of-sale printers now have the capability to print custom text, images, and messages, enabling marketers to leverage receipts as low-cost yet powerful marketing collateral. Keep reading to see how the products from Panda Paper Roll make this possible.
9/20/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S
Gone are the days when the use of thermal receipts is only to act as proof of purchase. Modern point-of-sale printers now have the capability to print custom text, images, and messages, enabling marketers to leverage receipts as low-cost yet powerful marketing collateral. Keep reading to see how the products from Panda Paper Roll make this possible.

2016-09-13


Ink cartridges

Low-Cost Printers, High-Price Cartridges


You think you’re getting a great deal on a printer, and then you go to replace a cartridge and find the replacement cartridge costs more than $100. Although manufacturers sell laser printers and inkjet printers cheaply, they keep the replacement toners and inks relatively expensive. This business model is how printer manufacturers make their money. 
9/13/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S

Ink cartridges

Low-Cost Printers, High-Price Cartridges


You think you’re getting a great deal on a printer, and then you go to replace a cartridge and find the replacement cartridge costs more than $100. Although manufacturers sell laser printers and inkjet printers cheaply, they keep the replacement toners and inks relatively expensive. This business model is how printer manufacturers make their money. 

2016-08-30

DIY for KidsNow that school is back in session or close to it, let’s explore a few fun DIY projects that your child might make in school. You can even do these projects with your kids at home.
8/30/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S
DIY for KidsNow that school is back in session or close to it, let’s explore a few fun DIY projects that your child might make in school. You can even do these projects with your kids at home.

2016-08-16

Back-to-school productsBack-to-school time is here! Summer is coming to an end, and your children are probably getting ready to head to school. Do you have all the essential gear they need for a successful school year? We’ve compiled a list of must-have items for a few age ranges.
8/16/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S
Back-to-school productsBack-to-school time is here! Summer is coming to an end, and your children are probably getting ready to head to school. Do you have all the essential gear they need for a successful school year? We’ve compiled a list of must-have items for a few age ranges.

2016-08-08

Remanufactured ink and toner cartridgesYou may already know all the myths about the quality of remanufactured printer cartridges versus original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges. But let’s dig a little deeper on some of the misunderstandings surrounding how these cartridges are actually produced. 
8/08/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S
Remanufactured ink and toner cartridgesYou may already know all the myths about the quality of remanufactured printer cartridges versus original equipment manufacturer (OEM) ink cartridges. But let’s dig a little deeper on some of the misunderstandings surrounding how these cartridges are actually produced. 

2016-08-01

There comes a time where you are needing to print off an important document and then you are faced with the devastating news that your ink is low. You replace the ink cartridge only to find that a few dozen pages later you are low again.

For business or personal use, ink costs can add up quickly. Luckily, we have a few tips and techniques that can help stretch your ink supply.

1. Print in Black and White

Remember the good ol' days where we would print off directions to a friend's house or a restaurant? Not only did we get the directions on paper, but they printed off in bright spunky colors. By simply updating your default settings to print only in black and white, also known as grayscale, you will aid in the conservation of the color ink cartridges for when you need it most.

2. Change the Font

By eliminating the fun font types and holding back on bolding the important text, you will keep your ink usage at a minimal.

Ecofont, developed by SPRANQ, is an "eco-friendly" font software for Outlook and Word that saves up to 50% of your ink and toner compared to standard fonts. The software is free to use and downloading is easy. Works for both Mac and Windows OS.

3. Double-Check Your Work

It's always a good rule of thumb to double (or sometimes triple) check your work for mistakes. Not only does that practice ensure that your work is the best it can be, but it also prevent reprinting which in turn saves on ink usage.

4. Select "Printer-Friendly" When Printing Directly from Web

Printing directly from webpages can result in unnecessary amounts of pages. Webpages can hold several images as well as ads that aren't useful if printed. Opt for the printer-friendly option on the webpage. If the option is unavailable, there is a bookmarklet called Print What You Like that creates a printer friendly version of the website. This tool is also available as a Chrome extension and is free to use. Not only will it omit all unnecessary images, but it will save your ink and paper from unwanted printing.

5. Turn Your Printer's 'On/Off Switch' to OFF

Unlike computers and other electronic devices, turning the printer off is something we really do not think about. One unknowing tidbit is to ensure your printer's on/off switch is turned to off. This will park and cap your ink cartridge and prevent it from drying out prematurely.

If you have any other suggestions or tips on how to save on printer ink supply, please submit them below. We'd love to hear from you!
8/01/2016 09:00:00 AM Sarah Henderson
There comes a time where you are needing to print off an important document and then you are faced with the devastating news that your ink is low. You replace the ink cartridge only to find that a few dozen pages later you are low again.

For business or personal use, ink costs can add up quickly. Luckily, we have a few tips and techniques that can help stretch your ink supply.

1. Print in Black and White

Remember the good ol' days where we would print off directions to a friend's house or a restaurant? Not only did we get the directions on paper, but they printed off in bright spunky colors. By simply updating your default settings to print only in black and white, also known as grayscale, you will aid in the conservation of the color ink cartridges for when you need it most.

2. Change the Font

By eliminating the fun font types and holding back on bolding the important text, you will keep your ink usage at a minimal.

Ecofont, developed by SPRANQ, is an "eco-friendly" font software for Outlook and Word that saves up to 50% of your ink and toner compared to standard fonts. The software is free to use and downloading is easy. Works for both Mac and Windows OS.

3. Double-Check Your Work

It's always a good rule of thumb to double (or sometimes triple) check your work for mistakes. Not only does that practice ensure that your work is the best it can be, but it also prevent reprinting which in turn saves on ink usage.

4. Select "Printer-Friendly" When Printing Directly from Web

Printing directly from webpages can result in unnecessary amounts of pages. Webpages can hold several images as well as ads that aren't useful if printed. Opt for the printer-friendly option on the webpage. If the option is unavailable, there is a bookmarklet called Print What You Like that creates a printer friendly version of the website. This tool is also available as a Chrome extension and is free to use. Not only will it omit all unnecessary images, but it will save your ink and paper from unwanted printing.

5. Turn Your Printer's 'On/Off Switch' to OFF

Unlike computers and other electronic devices, turning the printer off is something we really do not think about. One unknowing tidbit is to ensure your printer's on/off switch is turned to off. This will park and cap your ink cartridge and prevent it from drying out prematurely.

If you have any other suggestions or tips on how to save on printer ink supply, please submit them below. We'd love to hear from you!

2016-07-25

MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Gen)In January 2009, the BfB RapMan 3D printer became the first commercial 3D printer available for sale. Since then, the 3D printing industry has flourished, with 80,000 desktop 3D printers sold in 2013, 160,000 sold in 2014, and 275,000 in 2015.

A July 2016 report from CONTEXT, an IT market research company, forecasts the global 3D printing industry to grow to $18.4 billion in 2020. This growth largely stems from individuals like you and me entering into desktop or personal 3D printing. Chris Connery, VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT, says, “… as generations before had to become familiar with PCs, this generation needs to learn 3D printing.”

3D Personal Printing Is No Gimmick

While you may think 3D personal printing is a fad now, there are already useful applications of 3D, such as exoskeleton hands for greater accessibility. And with 3D printers gradually making the production of items even more convenient and personalized, you would be unwise to underestimate the use of 3D printers in the future.

You can find a variety of 3D designs at MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com, the world’s largest open source 3D printing design community. Ross Maddox at LayerTrove also pulled together some great designs. Even if you don’t have technical expertise or previous experience with 3D printers, you can still create household objects, accessibility items, and much more. 

3D Printed Toys

Are you an avid Pokémon fan? Thingiverse has many toy designs your children (or you) will love. Check out some of our favorite toy designs below.

Pikachu from Pokémon
3D Pikachu from Pokemon
Any Pokémon collector will want to add this Pikachu to their collection.
Minecraft Chess Set
3D Minecraft Chess Set
Your little Minecraft players will enjoy playing chess with you
using this Minecraft set.
“ROCKETZ” with Storage Compartments
3D Printed Rocket
These rockets come apart to create storage compartments.

3D Printing for Accessibility

Assistive and adaptive technologies play vital roles in allowing people and pets to lead their lives comfortably.
Adjustable Wheelchair for Dogs
Dog Wheelchair Using 3D Printed Technology
Does your dog need some help getting around?
Use this ingenious 
wheelchair made for canines.
Flexy-Hand
Watch how Jack uses his prosthetic hand. 

Braille Business Card
3D Printed Braille Business Card
This is a useful business asset for the blind community.

3D Printed Jewelry

Create custom jewelry and be the envy of your friends.

Caged Bird Pendant
3D Printed Necklace
This adorable necklace is perfect for a bird lover or anyone
who wants to wear unique 3D jewelry.
Bracelet
3D Printed Bracelet
Stay up to date on the cuff trend with this 3D printed bracelet.
“Daenerys Targaryen” Necklace
3D Printed Game of Thrones Necklace
If you’re a devoted watcher of Game of Thrones,
you’ll want this 3D printed necklace fashioned after what the Khaleesi wears.

3D Printed Items for Your House

Make useful items for your kitchen, bathroom, and more.

Key Holder with Shelf
3D Printed Key Holder
Keep your keys organized with this handy shelf.
Sushi Maker Set
3D Printed Sushi Set
You won’t need to go out for sushi with this set.
Toothbrush Holder
3D Printed Toothbrush Holder
Make a functional and attractive holder for your toothbrush and toothpaste.

For more ideas, browse Thingiverse’s vast collections of designs. And let us know below what your favorite 3D design is.
7/25/2016 09:00:00 AM Katy S
MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (5th Gen)In January 2009, the BfB RapMan 3D printer became the first commercial 3D printer available for sale. Since then, the 3D printing industry has flourished, with 80,000 desktop 3D printers sold in 2013, 160,000 sold in 2014, and 275,000 in 2015.

A July 2016 report from CONTEXT, an IT market research company, forecasts the global 3D printing industry to grow to $18.4 billion in 2020. This growth largely stems from individuals like you and me entering into desktop or personal 3D printing. Chris Connery, VP for Global Analysis at CONTEXT, says, “… as generations before had to become familiar with PCs, this generation needs to learn 3D printing.”

3D Personal Printing Is No Gimmick

While you may think 3D personal printing is a fad now, there are already useful applications of 3D, such as exoskeleton hands for greater accessibility. And with 3D printers gradually making the production of items even more convenient and personalized, you would be unwise to underestimate the use of 3D printers in the future.

You can find a variety of 3D designs at MakerBot’s Thingiverse.com, the world’s largest open source 3D printing design community. Ross Maddox at LayerTrove also pulled together some great designs. Even if you don’t have technical expertise or previous experience with 3D printers, you can still create household objects, accessibility items, and much more. 

3D Printed Toys

Are you an avid Pokémon fan? Thingiverse has many toy designs your children (or you) will love. Check out some of our favorite toy designs below.

Pikachu from Pokémon
3D Pikachu from Pokemon
Any Pokémon collector will want to add this Pikachu to their collection.
Minecraft Chess Set
3D Minecraft Chess Set
Your little Minecraft players will enjoy playing chess with you
using this Minecraft set.
“ROCKETZ” with Storage Compartments
3D Printed Rocket
These rockets come apart to create storage compartments.

3D Printing for Accessibility

Assistive and adaptive technologies play vital roles in allowing people and pets to lead their lives comfortably.
Adjustable Wheelchair for Dogs
Dog Wheelchair Using 3D Printed Technology
Does your dog need some help getting around?
Use this ingenious 
wheelchair made for canines.
Flexy-Hand
Watch how Jack uses his prosthetic hand. 

Braille Business Card
3D Printed Braille Business Card
This is a useful business asset for the blind community.

3D Printed Jewelry

Create custom jewelry and be the envy of your friends.

Caged Bird Pendant
3D Printed Necklace
This adorable necklace is perfect for a bird lover or anyone
who wants to wear unique 3D jewelry.
Bracelet
3D Printed Bracelet
Stay up to date on the cuff trend with this 3D printed bracelet.
“Daenerys Targaryen” Necklace
3D Printed Game of Thrones Necklace
If you’re a devoted watcher of Game of Thrones,
you’ll want this 3D printed necklace fashioned after what the Khaleesi wears.

3D Printed Items for Your House

Make useful items for your kitchen, bathroom, and more.

Key Holder with Shelf
3D Printed Key Holder
Keep your keys organized with this handy shelf.
Sushi Maker Set
3D Printed Sushi Set
You won’t need to go out for sushi with this set.
Toothbrush Holder
3D Printed Toothbrush Holder
Make a functional and attractive holder for your toothbrush and toothpaste.

For more ideas, browse Thingiverse’s vast collections of designs. And let us know below what your favorite 3D design is.