Who Invented the First Laser Printer? the History of Laser Printers

The Laser Printer was invented at Xerox in 1969. The earliest model was based on the company’s own xerographic copiers and was modified according to the requirements of a printer. Researcher Gary Starkweather is credited with its research and development and by the year 1971, he had brought into being a fully functional networked printer system. Over a period of time, the business of laser printing earned billions of dollars for Xerox.

The First Laser Printing Machines

Commercial laser printers were first integrated into use by way of the IBH model 3800 in the year 1976.  It was used by businesses to print high-volume documents like mailing labels and invoices. All in all it was a very primitive version of the modern day printers and was quite large. One of the first laser printers that were specially designed for use with an individual computer was the Xerox Star 8010 that was released in 1981. The biggest problem with this printer was the expense. Their price was around $17,000 which actually made it unaffordable for most individuals and business so its use was limited to a relatively smaller number of businesses.

The rise of the Laser Printers

It was only after the use of personal computers started becoming more widespread that HP introduced one of the first laser printers targeted at the mass market. This printer was the HP LaserJet 8ppm and was released in 1984. An interesting fact to note here was that is used a Canon engine, which was in turn controlled by HP software. This printer became very popular and hence companies like IBM, Brother Industries etc followed it up with their own printers of the laser variety.

The Role of Laser Printers

Apart from the regular printing jobs that a printer was supposed to perform, laser printing popularized the process of desktop publishing. This was given an added fillip with the release of the Apple LaserWriter for its Apple Macintosh computers in 1985. This was accompanied by the Aldus PageMaker, which further popularized desktop publishing.

Popularity of the Printers

The prices of electronic devices have fallen over the years and so has the cost of laser printers and cartridges. Moreover, the size of such printers for offices or home has also gone down and today their sizes are acceptable for use in homes and small offices as well.  What this essentially means is that the development and technological research in the printing industry never ends.

These devices are satisfying all kinds of needs and requirements pertinent to documentation and are achieving the highest standards of quality and reliability and are regularly setting new benchmarks for the same. Each and every development will be written down in a new chapter of history and chances are that the history of laser printing machines will be never ending.

John C. Arkin

4 Responses to “Who Invented the First Laser Printer? the History of Laser Printers”

  1. Conan Says:

    DID you know these facts The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was?
    Fred and Wilma Flintstone

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the US Treasury.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Men can read smaller print than women can; women can hear better.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Coca-Cola was originally green.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It is impossible to lick your elbow.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The State with the highest % of people who walk to work: Alaska

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The percentage of Africa that is wilderness: 28%

    (now get this…) The percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38%

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The cost of raising a medium-sized dog to the age of eleven: $6,400

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The world’s youngest parents were

    8 and 9 &lived in China in 1910.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The youngest pope was 11 years old.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    San Francisco Cable cars are the only mobile National Monuments.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Each king in a deck of cards represents a great king from history: Spades -

    King David, Hearts – Charlemagne, Clubs – Alexander, the Great Diamonds -

    Julius Caesar

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    111,111,111 x 111,111,111 =

    12,345,678,987,654,321

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the

    air , the person died in battle. If the horse has one front leg in the air

    the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. If the horse has

    all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Only two people signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, John

    Hancock and Charles Thomson. Most of the rest signed on August 2, but the

    last signature was not added until 5 years later.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    "I am" is the shortest complete sentence in the English language.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Hershey’s Kisses are called that because the machine that makes them looks

    like it’s kissing the conveyor belt.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. What occurs more often in December than any other month?

    A. Conception.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of what? A. Their birthplace

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. Most boat owners name their boats. What is the most popular boat name

    requested?

    A. Obsession

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you

    would find the letter "A"?

    A. One thousand

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. What do bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, dishwashers,

    and laser printers all have in common?

    A. All invented by women.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. What is the only food that doesn’t spoil?

    A. Honey

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. There are more collect calls on this day than any other day of the year?

    A. Father’s Day

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. What trivia fact about Mel Blanc (voice of Bugs Bunny) is the most

    ironic?

    A. He was allergic to carrots.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Q. What is an activity performed by 40% of all people at a party?

    A. Snoop in your medicine cabinet.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    In Shakespeare’s time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When

    you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to

    sleep on. Hence the phrase "goodnight, sleep tight."

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month

    after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all

    the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar

    was lunar based, this period was called the honey month we know today as

    the honeymoon.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts. So in old England,

    when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them to mind their

    own pints and quarts and settle down. It’s where we get the "mind your P’s

    and Q’s."

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim

    or handle of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the

    whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by

    this practice.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    In Scotland, a new game was invented. It was entitled Gentlemen Only Ladies

    Forbidden…. and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

    ~~~~~~~~~~AND FINALLY~~~~~~~~~~~~

    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their
    sorry
    At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow

  2. ginger smurf Says:

    lol. i must be in the other 25%
    References :

  3. cole Says:

    Thought about it but have read enough of your question to believe you.

    More please.
    References :

  4. jen2fye Says:

    actually its not impossible to lick your elbow. I saw a skinny double jointed girl do it before.
    References :

Leave a Reply