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Printer-Scanner Resume Print Functionality Using Half Printed Item

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238200D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-07
Document File: 1 page(s) / 24K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a printer-scanner that is capable of scanning a half-printed document and finishing it without using more resources (time, electricity, material) than is necessary. Currently the known solutions involve discarding the incomplete object or alternatively manually adjusting the print offset at 2 points: the filament offset in the printer itself using human observation and the file offset in the 3D shape file being read. Configuring manually is difficult and sometimes impossible if the orientation of the physical object is not known or the coordinates being read in the 3D shape file are not known.

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Printer-Scanner Resume Print Functionality Using Half Printed Item

Disclosed is a printer-scanner that is capable of scanning a half-printed document and finishing it without using more resources (time, electricity, material) than is necessary. Currently the known solutions involve discarding the incomplete object or alternatively manually adjusting the print offset at 2 points: the filament offset in the printer itself using human observation and the file offset in the 3D shape file being read. Configuring manually is difficult and sometimes impossible if the orientation of the physical object is not known or the coordinates being read in the 3D shape file are not known.

    Paper jams are a common occurrence for users who print on A4 pages. The user usually removes the page, repairs the cause of the jam and re-prints the page that was removed. In 3D printing an object can take several hours to print and the supplies are more expensive. Resuming a print job on a half-printed item is often an impossible task without modifying the document being printed, but if it were possible to resume a print job after removing and re-inserting the half-printed object in any orientation, a lot of time and money could be saved. The savings are especially obvious when the technology is being used to print at a larger scale such as 3D printed buildings.

    Additionally with 3D printing, it is common to print a removable supporting structure which acts as a scaffolding while the print is occurring. This supporting structure is a weak connection and is used to support overhangs. Usually supporting structures are removed at the end of the printing process, but this means that objects that completely encapsulate their supporting structure can not have their scaffolding removed at the end. In order to print an object that contains a non-printed object, the printer would...