Inkless Printing Hits the Consumer Market

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Inkless printing is a technical term for devices that enable consumers to print on virtually any surface – almost like a printer. Inkless printing is the opposite of traditional printers that require the use of a liquid ink to print on a page.

The trend toward inkless printing is particularly significant because it has far-reaching implications for all types of businesses and consumers.

From its beginning as an age-old innovation in the 1600s, the printing industry has experienced few changes. Over the last several centuries, the various forms of printing have not significantly improved over the original Gutenberg press.That was until the 21st century when inkless printing was introduced.

Today, the technology behind inkless printing continues to evolve. It is an important new technique that promises to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses interact with printed media in a variety of ways, including:

  • Cell phones, music players, and other handheld items,
  • Large format signage,
  • Custom business cards or promotional items,
  • Autographs,
  • Deceased photographs,
  • Sporting event memorabilia like autographs and ticket stubs,
  • Fashion advertising like clothing, accessories and bags,
  • Posters,
  • Art and even