OCE flew in eight editors to their North American head office in Chicago to show off their new ColorWave printer with its CrystalPoint toner-pearls. Most of the other editors are experts on the printing business, so jokes like "They still run some 650s" abound to appreciative chuckles.
Above: The OCE Corporate Solution Studio in Chicago.
OCE developed the pearls to better compete with HP, which has a tonne of patents protecting its printing business.
The pearls are blueberry-size waxy spheres that are melted at 300F then squirted at paper.
Above: The CrystalPoint toner-pearls are gravity-fed with an auger inside the cartridge.
The exciting part: anything from CAD wireframes to photographs can be printed on the same plain paper, and there is no waiting for drying.
Above: Randall Newton examines ColorWave output closely.
The ColorWave printer is $60,000 - $70,000, but can be leased for $2,249 a month. The toner cartridges are $400 each.
You can read full coverage of this event in upFront.eZine issue #569.
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[Disclosure: Oce provided airfare, ground transportation, hotel, meals, and some corporate gifts to all attendees.]