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Super-ultra-portable printer for standard sized documents.
Logically, the smallest printer you can have for an 8.5x11" sheet of paper is just over 8.5" wide. To overcome this obstacle, simply curve the paper. The (collapsable) paper tray is curved so that paper loads bent (the "hotdog" way) with an inkjet printer head that rides a curved rail above the paper.
Basically curve everything. When it finishes printing the paper flattens back out and you are left with a normal color document that looks like it came from a normal printer. Only it did in fact come from a printer that measured 4x4x6" and you just backpacked it into the middle of the Congo. Also perfect for business travel, college dorms, etc. Wifi and Bluetooth enabled, of course!
Random Movement Printer ([bigsleep]'s wish)
[loonquawl, May 27 2009]
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||although the printer might be shorter it's still going to be bulky. I think it would be better to focus on the bulkiness and get rid of some of the moving parts instead. For example a full page width print head; then you'd only need a motor to feed the paper through.
||heheh neat.... but why 4x4x6" ? 8.5/pi isn't even 3" and you only need enough depth for the rollers... say an inch... for that matter you could make a spiral and have an 1x1x1" printer... whatever... [+]
||The printer size problem was comprehensively solved by the RMP [link]