Samsung has been under the spotlight on this year's edition of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Other than the previously covered next-gen bike, some new products were added by the South Korean tech giant to its list of printers.
Today we are getting overloaded with news about 3D printing, but it is good to know that "regular" printers are still being developed and optimized. In the 2014 CES fair Samsung presented three new conceptual printers which, if they ever get to be produced and sold, could easily get quite popular. The designers behind these products took the regular printers we have on our households and re-imagined them, making them more environment-friendly and providing the ability to visually customize them according to the buyer's preferences.
A printer made out of paper. Unlikely, but the Origami printer matches such description.
Well, not exactly - only the outer "skeleton" of the printer is made of recycled cardboard, but still Origami is truly revolutionary. It comes in a folded manner, and can be replaced with ease. The cardboard can also be recycled, so whenever the printer is damaged beyond repair new paper can be made from it.
Just like the way you are served at a donuts shop, a flat piece of cardboard can be folded to a 3D "container" for the printer's engine. Origami can reduce cost and waste materials, and the cardboard is water and fire resistant.
Clip is very similar to Origami but, instead of paper, it is made with plastic. Also, as the name suggests, it is bind with clippers, not using any screws. The plastic used is Polyethylene, instead of the traditional ABS plastic (for example, regular Tupperware-like kitchen containers are also made out of Polyethylene).
In Clip, creators just take a single piece of plastic, fold it in place and that is it, they get a functional printer. This means that few parts are used and the build-up of Clip is also easier, which ultimately lowers the costs for consumers.
Last but not least, Mate is made using colorful panels that can be easily changed, creating the ultimate personalization experience in terms of printers. There are several colors available for users to choose from.
All these three models are still prototypes, but it is not hard to picture them in the market in a near future.