Could the Circle Printer Be the Future of Printers?

Speculation has begun on what the future of printing will look like – could it arrive in the form of the Circle Printer?

At current, the world of print is certainly seeing some exciting innovations, mainly within 3D printing but also through projects such as holographic colour printing being developed for anti-counterfeit technology.

According to a few media sources like this recent article from Sam Drew at Sam Drew Takes On, we may now see the next step in the humble office and home printer – the Circle Printer.

Although technically formed in the shape of a cylinder rather than a circle (as it’s a three-dimensional object), the Circle Printer could be quite a unique printer indeed.

Those in the print industry refer to it as the ‘courteous printer’ due to the fact that the Circle Printer uses a cylindrical design and drum compared to other traditional printers and doesn’t take up nearly as much space.

Breaking Down the Circle Printer – Shape & Design

Circle Printer on Desk

Image Credit: Yanko Design & Yang Jae Wook

Taking a closer look at the Circle Printer, there are several features and aspects of the machine that are worth noting.

As mentioned, the design of this printer is different to other printers currently on the market due to its cylindrical shaping.

Because of its shape, the Circle Printer’s smallest area is the only part of it that will take up desk space and this is through a method termed as ‘vertical inversion’.

You may be wondering upon examining the Circle Printer, where is the paper tray? Well this is another element of the machine that sets itself apart from others.

The design means that paper is inserted into the top of the printer and receives a slight and ‘soft curve’ as it enters the machine (and according to experts, this won’t damage, crease or even affect the paper)

This is then pulled down into the main drum, with print outs then being ejected out from the side of the unit rather than directly in front like standard printers.

A handle, located on the top of the printer, covers the hole in which the paper is inserted into to keep things looking neat and tidy.

Breaking Down the Circle Printer – Ink Usage & Ease of Use

Inside the Circle Printer

Image Credit: Yanko Design & Yang Jae Wook

Of course, with any printer, the most important consideration is whether it uses a Toner Cartridge or separate Ink Cartridges.

The Circle Printer opts to use an Ink Toner Cartridge of which is located on the top of the unit and is hidden underneath a panel.

With this easy to access panel, it would make the Circle Printer one of the simplest and sleekest printers we could ever be likely to come across.

The considerations made to lessen the amount of space it takes up and being quoted as generating almost no noise at all when operational (but has yet to be tested) would mean the Circle Printer could become a viable and perhaps even essential, inclusion in the office or even at home.

One hurdle it may need to get past however, is the ‘curving’ of the paper when printing.

Whilst many will be quick to assume that the design of the paper insertion slot is likely to cause marking, ripping and tearing of regular sheets of paper, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

The ‘soft curve’ that the paper goes through in order to come out as a print at the other side doesn’t leave any marks, doesn’t crush the paper and doesn’t flatten the paper either.

In terms of limitations, the only one the Circle Printer may have is a traditionalist printer’s perspective on it.

When Will It Be Available?

Unfortunately, there is a sizable sticking point with the Circle Printer – that being that it hasn’t even been created as a production ready or even as a prototype model yet.

Currently, no company has decided to invest in mass production for this innovative printer.

But if the speculation behind the Circle Printer continues to develop as much as it has already been, it may not be long until one of the huge print or manufacturing giants comes along and puts production of it into full motion.

Until then however, all we can do is be amazed by what this could mean for the future of print and the humble printer!

Sam Rose