Computer printer history

Updated: 08/03/2018 by Computer Hope
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1837 Charles Babbage designed the first mechanical printer in the 1800's, for use with the Difference Engine that he also developed in 1822.
1868 The typewriter, which can be considered a precursor to printers and keyboards, was invented by Christopher Sholes in 1868.
1953 The first high-speed printer was developed by Remington-Rand in 1953. It was designed to be used with the UNIVAC computer.
1957 IBM developed and marketed the first dot matrix printer in 1957.
1968 Shinshu Seiki Co., which later became Epson, developed the first electronic mini-printer in 1968.
1970 The first dot matrix impact printer was developed by Centronics in 1970.
1971 Gary Starkweather, while working at Xerox, developed the first laser printer by modifying a Xerox model 7000 copier. Development on the laser printer was completed in 1971.
1972 The first thermal printers became available on the market around 1972, designed for use with portable machines and in retail stores.
1976 The first inkjet printer is developed by Hewlett-Packard in 1976. However, inkjet printers do not gain popularity until the mid-1980's.
1976 IBM introduces the IBM 3800 Printing System, the first high-speed laser printer, in 1976.
1977 Siemens develops the first drop-on-demand (DOD) inkjet printer in 1977. The DOD printer sprays ink where it is needed on the piece of paper.
1979 Canon introduces the LBP-10, the first semiconductor laser beam printer and their first printer unit.
1984 Hewlett-Packard introduced their first laser printer, the HP LaserJet, in 1984. The same year, Hewlett-Packard introduced the first thermal inkjet printer, the HP ThinkJet.
1988 The HP DeskJet inkjet printer was introduced by Hewlett-Packard in 1988 and sold for $1000. It is considered the first mass-marketed inkjet printer and became a very popular and widely used series of printers.
1988 Many modern 3D printers use a technology called fused deposition modeling (FDM), which was developed and patented by S. Scott Crump in 1988.
1992 Stratasys, Inc. made available their first 3D printer in 1992, which is based on fused deposition modeling (FDM) technology, developed and patented by company co-founder S. Scott Crump.
2009 S. Scott Crump's patent on fused deposition modeling (FDM) expired in 2009, opening the door for an open-source development community, called RepRap, to use the FDM technology. RepRap, along with other commercial companies, use FDM to develop new 3D printers.

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