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    I must say that your service is absolutely exceptional and I have recommended your company and products to several friends today; all are serious "printer" people.I retired last year and my friends are all into, or are still working in the photo industry. Sincerely,Gerhard

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    Dear, just to let you know than i realy appreciate your costumer service.
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    Ce message est simplement pour vous dire que j'ai bien reçu la commande XXXXXX et que je suis très satisfait de la rapidité de la livraison et aussi de la qualité de l'encre. C'est la première fois que j'utilise de l'encre "autre que l'originale" et pour le moment je suis très satisfait. Soyez certain que je vais vous référez à mes amis et collègues de travail et c'est certain que je vais commander à nouveau de chez vous. Merci beaucoup.
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    Je veux seulement vous dire un gros merci pour la rapidité avec lequel vous avez traité ma demande et aussi pour le petit extra en papier photos,c'est très apprécié.

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    I received my order, thank you for your great customer service..
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    I must say, ordering your product was about the easiest imaginable. Coupled with the fact that it arrived here basically “next day” I am thoroughly happy. To tell you the truth, I was expecting to have to go pay full retail for one black cartridge thinking that your’s would take at least a week to arrive but I was wrong, the order arrived before I could even go out to get one!
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Epson WorkForce 310 – Refurbished $60.48


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Epson Price: $60.48*
Product In Stock

Overview

Engineered for Business.

  • Laser quality up to 2x faster1
  • Maximum print speed of 36 ppm black1
  • Laser quality print speed of 16 ppm/5.5 ppm1
  • Built-in Ethernet port
  • Wireless networking capability1
  • 30-page Auto Document Feeder
  • PC Fax – send directly from PC1
  • Smudge, fade & water resistant
  • Uses up to 70% less power1
  • Manual 2-sided printing1

Epson WorkForce 310 Specifications Sheet PDF File Icon

Eco Features

  • Uses up to 70% less power than a laser printer1
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • RoHS compliant
  • Designed to be recycled

Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items except if product arrives defective, in which case, we will provide a replacement with the same model or equivalent. This unit may not include the same software or paper pack as new models.

Epson Stylus NX415 – Refurbished $45.36*


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Epson Price: $45.36*
Product In Stock

Overview

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Smart. Simple. Amazing.

  • 2.5", tilt LCD screen and card slots
  • Maximum speed of 34 ppm black1
  • Photo restoration PC-free
  • Reduce/enlarge 25 – 400%
  • Remove red eye
  • Individual ink cartridges
  • Instant dry ink
  • Multiple copies in one touch
  • Manual two-sided printing
  • Standard ink set included

Stylus NX415 Specifications Sheet PDF File Icon

Eco Features

  • Save up to 50% of your paper supply with manual, two-sided printing1
  • Designed to be recycled
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • RoHS compliant

Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items except if product arrives defective, in which case, we will provide a replacement with the same model or equivalent. This unit may not include the same software or paper pack as new models.

Epson WorkForce 500 – Refurbished $51.75


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EPSON Price: $51.75*
Product In Stock

Overview

  • 5-in-1 — Print, Copy, Scan, Fax, Photo
  • Print up to 33 ppm in black and colour1
  • Built-in memory card slots and 2.5-inch LCD
  • Built-in, 30-page ADF
  • OCR and creative software included
  • Auto Photo Correction
  • 3-sec-per-page fax; legal size; speed dials
  • Instant-dry DURABrite® Ultra Ink
  • Uses up to 3x less power than a laser printer1
  • 1-year limited warranty, quick exchange

Workforce 500 Specifications PDF File Icon

Show the world what your business is made of with WorkForce, Epson’s new line of printers and all-in-ones, engineered for the small business and home office. Get laser quality output at laser fast speeds for prints that make you look your best.

Match the speed you move at with the fast and efficient Epson WorkForce 500, your personal business and photo center. This amazing all-in-one quickly delivers prints and copies, plus laser quality text, allowing you to create stunning proposals and impressive brochures, in house and on demand. The WorkForce 500 is ready to handle whatever comes its way, whether you need to scan a proposal into editable text, fax a presentation or enlarge that family photo. And, it uses up to three times less energy than a laser printer.1 The right features, the right price, and truly remarkable results — that’s the WorkForce 500.

1 See Specifications page for Notes.

Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items except if product arrives defective, in which case, we will provide a replacement with the same model or equivalent. This unit may not include the same software or paper pack as new models

Epson Stylus NX515 – Refurbished $52.92


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Epson  Price: $52.92*
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Overview

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Stylus NX515 Specifications Sheet PDF File Icon

Eco Features

  • 4 in 1 with WiFi: Print, Copy, Scan, Photo
  • Up to 2x faster than competitively priced models
  • Save up to 50% of your paper supply with manual, two-sided printing1
  • Designed to be recycled
  • ENERGY STAR® qualified
  • RoHS compliant

Note: Epson does not accept returns on refurbished items except if product arrives defective, in which case, we will provide a replacement with the same model or equivalent. This unit may not include the same software or paper pack as new models.

Hewlett-Packard to sell 3-D printers in May

Stratasys Inc. shipped the first 3-D printers made with the Hewlett-Packard brand under a deal first publicized in January.

The printers will go on sale in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom next month.

Minneapolis-based Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS) developed the printers with Palo Alto-based H-P (NYSE: HPQ). H-P, which has a 3,500-employee campus in Roseville, plans to sell them in the mechanical design market.

Three-dimensional printers use inkjet type technology to make solid models of machine parts and other complex shapes by “printing” them, layer by layer. Users can then test and assemble models of devices to see how well they work before making more costly components.

These printers can make a model directly from a CAD, or computer aided design software, file.

Scott Crump is chief executive officer of Stratasys. The company says it came up with the term “3D printer” when working with IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) in the 1990s.

Earth Day Inkjet News

The Environmental Protection Agency says it is not truly recycled unless it is reused — through remanufacture, no matter what "it" is.

We are pleased to tell you that Metawatch sells only Remanufactured HP products.

Metawatch‘s particular contribution to saving the world’s environment has taken the form of selling remanufactured (HP) & generic (Canon & Epson) inkjet printer cartridges.

1. According to statistics available in 1998 an estimated 800,000 laser cartridges are sold every week. It is estimated only 240,000 are recycled. That means a potential of 560,000 one-time-used cartridges go to landfills every week! (And this was before the "explosion" in inkjet printer use!) The plastic used in a typical cartridge is industrial-grade and takes approximately 1,000 years to decompose. Our 6,000 ain’t that big a dent in the problem, but it is 1,000 years in our local landfills we’re talking about.

2. On average, three quarts of oil are used to make each new cartridge. That would mean we kept 4,500 gallons of oil from being used by some manufacturer. It is estimated 30 percent of all print cartridges are now recycled, not at all sure what that comes out in keeping down the cost of a barrel of oil.

Help us save the world, and buy HP Remanufactured Cartridges at Metawatch today.

Inkjet-like Device Prints Skin Cells Over Burns

April 20, 2010

by Heather Mayer,

A laser scans the wound
to create a map, so that
the correct type and number
of cells can be placed
precisely as needed

As an alternative to skin grafting, researchers at

Wake Forest University have found a way to spray skin cells onto burn wounds using an inkjet-like printer for a less-painful, speedy recovery.
This procedure, which is still in the early experimental stages, could be a big advance in treating burn wounds early and effectively, researchers said.

"If the technology is successful, its benefits will be to quickly cover a burn wound and promote healing," said researcher Anthony Atala, M.D. researcher and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Printing skin cells onto a patient’s wounds works very similarly to regular inkjet printing, which is where the idea stemmed from.


"The idea of using printers to make tissue has been around for a long time, but the science was not yet ready for the creation of functional tissues and organs until recently," said Dr. Atala. "For one of our techniques, we use an inkjet printer, but instead of using ink in the cartridge to print on paper, we use cells to print tissues and organs in a three-dimensional shape."

The technique starts with drawing the organ or tissue that will be printed using a PowerPoint-like program. The cells that will be used for printing are stored in reserves, not unlike ink cartridges stored in a printer, Atala said. In this particular experiment, a laser scans the wound to determine its size and depth, which creates a map of the wound. A computer then controls the release of the cells from the reserves as they are printed onto the wound.

"The wound map is used as a guide so that the correct type and number of cells can be precisely placed on the wound," Atala explained.

The guinea pigs of this experiment have only been mice, with similar burn wounds one would see on a person. The researchers look ahead to testing this technology on pigs, which have a more similar skin to humans.

Using this bioprinting method, burn wounds on the mice healed in just three weeks, Atala said. Animals that did not receive this type of treatment healed in five weeks. Victims of massive burns tend to die of infection within two weeks unless they receive skin grafts, Reuters reported.

Skin cells are taken from several places, Atala said, including cells from the patient, or a skin cell bank or stem cells from amniotic fluid or the placenta.
"As we move forward, we’ll be working to determine the most effective source of cells," he said.

Atala and his team see this technology doing wonders on the battlefield, when it comes to treating wounded soldiers who often have to undergo painful skin grafting. He pointed out that burn injury is a common cause of death on the battlefield, with 10 to 30 percent of all casualties.

"Current treatment options are unable to fully address the needs of combat burn care," he said. "With traditional skin grafts, many burn patients don’t have enough unburned skin to harvest grafts. A new approach is needed immediately to stabilize the wound and promote healing."

While no risks have become evident yet, there is still testing and experimenting to be done. The researchers aren’t seeking FDA approval for their technology quite yet, as it is still in the development stage.

"Science takes many unexpected turns and twists, some that speed things up and others that slow things down," Atala said.

Refurbished vs. Original Cartridges: The Real Score

Refurbished vs. Original Cartridges: The Real Score

IDG News Service has a post with a rather interesting title: “Tech Secrets: 21 Things “They” Don’t Want You to Know.” And one “thing” that is mentioned is that consumers are spending too much on printer ink. Now where did we hear that from before?

printer cartridgesWe will be the first to admit that before we got all interested in printers and printer ink, we were among those who believed that one can only put brand new printer-manufacturer-made ink cartridges into printers – or suffer the consequences. After all, it made much more sense at the outset: I am using a XYZ printer, so it only follows that I ought to only use XYZ ink in it.

We are not exactly downplaying the print quality that name-brand printer ink cartridges can provide, but we cannot help but admit that these are simply way too expensive – especially those that normally go into dirt cheap printer models. During these rather challenging financial times, one cannot help but wish there was simply a more inexpensive alternative, although it does seem like some manufacturers are starting to offer cheap ink.

Enter the refurbished or refilled ink cartridges. You can either have your cartridges refilled, or use a refill ink.

Will the prints using these types of cartridges not be as good? Sometimes, may be; Like in photographic archival of prints, but for normal everyday use, they compare on par with OEM inks in our opinion.

Will these cartridges hurt your printer? No, if the refill is done properly.

So should you stay away from them? Absolutely not.

The bottom line is simply this: what is it that you can afford? There is certainly nothing wrong with sticking to brand-name cartridges if you can very well afford them. But should you feel you cannot, then the next best thing is certainly not a bad option at all.

Still think it isn’t worth it to at least try these 3rd party inks in your printer ?

Printer Cartridges Recycling

Check out HP and the Lavergne Group’s advanced processing technology, which is saving money and resource use.recycling hp printer cartridges by crushing into plastic flakes

MONTREAL — Recycling isn’t usually much fun to watch. Those blue bins aren’t too animated. And don’t we all suspect that as soon as the truck turns the corner it all gets thrown in the landfill anyway? That has actually happened in some places when the value of recycled material went into the toilet.

In some cases, we’re going backwards in recycling. Take just the case of plastic water bottles. We produce 29 billion of them a year, and only 30 percent get recycled, which means an escalating amount of waste (expressed in millions of tons).

But plastic water bottles are eminently recyclable, and earlier this week, in Montreal, I saw them put to good use. Hewlett-Packard, which makes the printer cartridges we all pay dearly for, isn’t content to let them go to landfills. These days, they’re being dismantled instead of shredded — a much cleaner process.

The company started recycling cartridges in 1991 (taking back more than 300 million from inkjet and laser printers), and is getting much better at figuring out how to reuse the plastic. Today, a pilot project in a French-Canadian factory is no longer shredding the cartridges (a process that leaves a contaminated mix of plastic, metal and paper), it’s dismantling them for 50 percent greater yields in recovered plastic. Here’s how it works, according to HP’s Dean Miller:

You can send your cartridges back to their maker in a number of ways (there are programs in 50 countries) and the options include mailing them back in pre-paid envelopes and returning them for credit to Staples stores. Either way, they end up at industrial facilities like the one I visited in Montreal.

But they don’t get crushed. In 2005, after five years of work, HP developed a closed-loop system for recycling printer cartridges that, at the Lavergne Group facility I visited alone, handles a million pounds of plastic every month. Closed loop means the plastic lives again as new cartridges. HP has made more than 500 million printer-ready cartridges through the closed-loop process since 2005.

The closed-loop process is like something out of the movie Brazil — a combination of retro mechanical and high tech. Dismantling (especially in this pilot scale) is much slower than crushing cartridges, of course. The dismantler handles 15 cartridge a minute, and the shredder thousands per hour. But the result is much cleaner: The robot arms scrape off the label, lop off the plastic lid, remove the electronic guts and the foam pad, then toss the remaining plastic bucket into a hopper.

Once shredded, the cartridge material is mixed with 75 to 80 percent plastic bottle waste and then (they wouldn’t let us see this part) combined with special chemical additives to make it strong and pliable — in effect, basically the same as virgin plastic again.

from bottles and cartridges to plastic pellets

Until recently, the process handled only easy-to-recycle PET plastic, but last year polypropylene (PP) was added and almost two million cartridges with PP have been processed.

After having received some flak on the issue, HP has also considerably reduced the packaging going into its ink cartridges. There’s no U.S. law mandating that kind of waste reduction, but so-called Green Dot laws in Europe and Asia give impetus to that kind of reform. Green Dot makes manufacturers responsible for their packaging, which in effect gives them huge motivation to reduce the amount they include with products. Buy toothpaste in the U.S. and it comes in the box; buy the identical brand in Europe and it stands on its cap.

Strong corporate lobbies discourage the European approach here, but on March 25 Maine became the first state in the U.S. to enact an extended producer responsibility (EPR) law. And some 19 states have rules requiring takeback of electronic equipment. A national law would tie all of this together, and it will be a brave legislator who shepherds a bill through to passage.

As a car writer, I’m always looking for an auto angle, and I found it in a Lavergne Group office displaying a number of auto parts, including a taillight assembly. They’re all made from plastic recycled in the plant. Lavergne has a contract with Ford to provide plastic for Econoline van front ends, and because of the strong European end-of-life vehicle laws it’s looking at setting up a branch to serve carmakers in Germany.

Knowing about all this should stay your hand when hit by the impulse to throw away that spent printer cartridge. Not only is there money in it (get thee to the nearest Staples story) but properly recycled it will again dispense ink.

Conductive plastics promise to revolutionise solar cells

New plastics promise to slash the cost of key solar panel components

Danny Bradbury, BusinessGreen, 08 Apr 2010

Solar panels

Solar panel components that can be printed using technology akin to an inkjet cartridge may not be too far away from commercialisation, if a team of researchers at Princeton University have their way.

A group of scientists at the university announced last week that it has developed a way to treat plastic that will make it highly conductive for electricity after it has been moulded into different shapes.

The technique, developed by researchers at the University’s Organic and Polymer Electronics Laboratory, could be used to dramatically lower the cost of solar cells by replacing costly indium tin oxide (ITO), which has traditionally been used as a transparent conducting metal in solar panels.

The approach would also provide solar panel manufacturers with a more flexible conductive material, potentially opening the door for a wide range of new panel designs.

Conductive plastics have been available for some time, but their characteristics mean that processing them into a usable design degraded their ability to conduct electricity.

However, the Princeton researchers claim that their new production process means the plastics can be shaped without reducing their conductive capacity.

The secret to the new approach lies in the plastics being treated with an acid after they are shaped, in a process known as post-disposition solvent annealing.

"This process has enabled a wide incorporation of conducting polymers in organic electronics; conducting polymers that are not typically processable can now be deposited from solution and their productivity subsequently enhanced to practical levels via a simple and straightforward solvent annealing process, " the team said in its paper describing the process, which was published in the 8 March issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy Of Sciences in the US.

The new technique could feasibly be used to produce solar cells and other optical electronics such as flexible displays in large quantities using industrial printers.

Yueh-Lin Loo, a former assistant professor at the University of Texas, who led the research team said the approach could potentially be scaled up using mass production presses similar to those used to print newspapers.

"Being able to essentially paint on electronics is a big deal," Loo said. " You could distribute the plastics in cartridges the way printer ink is sold, and you wouldn’t need exotic machines to print the patterns."

She added that a range of other applications could be used for the technology, including medical devices that change colour according to levels of nitric oxide, which is a key indicator of ear infection in children.