Waste-Less Desktop Printer Uses Plastic Paper and Heat for Erasable Document Printing


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Going paperless is always on the top of mind when it comes to greening an office. But it's tough to ditch paper in all cases. There could be a solution to this bind. A new printer called the "PrePeat" uses sheets made of heat-sensitive PET and can print, then erase and reprint on the same page over and over, eliminating the need for ink cartridges and plastic. Sound like a dream come true for a green office? Maybe - but it has quite a price attached to it. Check out how it works in a video.


The printer looks really neat, but it won't be a money saver - at least not right away. While each plastic sheet can be reused 1,000 times, each printer is priced at about $5,517 (500,000 yen), and the plastic sheets come in lots of 1,000 at the price of $3,300. Most offices won't be quick to make the switch at those price points. More likely, they'll just find ways to cut back more on what gets printed.

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