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Inkless printing: Holy grail within reach

World-wide commercial success using inkless printing technology has been the holy grail of the global industry for decades, but achievement of this goal has eluded successive developers—Lumejet being the latest to try and fall short.

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The core Inkless team in Delft, The Netherlands, where they are pursuing the dream of a commercially viable inkless printer

Inkless, a technology start-up from The Netherlands, though has revealed it has raised €1m (£864,630), to continue its pursuit of the summit.

“With this money we can make our technology ‘development-ready’, which means that we can meet the required quality and speed performance requirements so that we can begin with the development of our first product,” explains Arnaud van der Veen, co-founder and chief executive officer of Inkless.

Inkless printing has the advantage that no ink, cartridges or other consumables are needed. Besides the cost savings Inkless also provides strong environmental benefits.

Van der Veen adds: “I compare this [inkless printing] to the transition from the analogue camera to the digital camera. Suddenly people were able to make unlimited photos and it was not needed to replace the films. Likewise, with our printing solutions, refill and replacement of ink and consumables will not be needed.”

I compare this [inkless printing] to the transition from the analogue camera to the digital camera

He continues, highlighting what the development pathway of the technology will be:  “Our first product will fit this market but after that we will make the technology accessible for production printers, office printers, consumer printers and receipt printers. In all these market we can offer the same advantages, a cheaper and more sustainable printer without any hassle with ink, cartridges or toners.”

Inkless was developed as a graduate project from Venkatesh Chandrasekar at the TU Delft. Together with fellow student Van der Veen he started a company with the aim of developing this technology and with TU Delft as one of its shareholders. The start-up from Chandrasekar and Van der Veen has now grown to eight employees and is part of the Business Incubator Yes!Delft initiative.



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