Oops - don't drop stuff into a printer

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Keith Cooper
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Oops - don't drop stuff into a printer

I've been doing some more testing of papers and software on Epson's P5000 that they lent me.

The other day, there was a funny noise on loading paper - it seems something (we never found what, probably a paper clip) had fallen into the paper loading slot and managed to hit the head...

Epson sent one of their service experts round, with a new head (and capping station), and all is now well, after an interesting few hours chatting about how these and and many other printers work.

Anyway, thinking people might be curious about some of the inside mechanisms, I've taken a few photos of what came out...

The head

These dents/cracks shouldn't be there. The dots are the individual nozzles

The whole capping station gets replaced too.

This is an impressive bit of engineering - all controlled by one motor.

Lots of cogs ...

The electrostatic ink droplet detector is covered by a panel above. The head moves over it and fires ink drops which are detected one at a time.

Not my usual 'useful' printer info but it appealed to my inner techiness

If anyone's curious, I've loads more photos at


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