Compact Printer With Automatic Paper Feed
Original Publication Date: 1984-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06
A compact office printer is designed with a simple front-feed top exit paper path. In addition, the printer can be placed on an automatic paper feed unit. This automatic paper feed unit will supply paper at the front entrance of the printer and catch paper exiting out the top of the printer. In addition, the exiting printed cut sheets will be stacked in the proper sequence. As shown above, printer 10 has a print head 12 that moves on rails 14 and 16 across the width of the cut-sheet document being printed. A paper sheet to be printed upon enters at slot 18 and must be pushed forward until it is engaged between nip roller 20 and drive roller 22. Rollers 20 and 22 then index the paper sheet line by line up past the print head 12.