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Welcome to the Timeline of Printers. Click a category to the left to get more details and references about a particular printing technology.

Timeline Overview

1930 - IBM releases Model 01 electric typewriter

1938 - Chester Carlson invents xerography process

1948 - First prototype of photocopier by Battelle and The Haloid Co.

1951 - EAI develops analog flatbed pen plotter

1957 - Transfer printing discovered

1957 - Dye sublimation process invented

1959 - Haloid-Xerox releases first production-line automatic office copier

early 1960's - Stanford - developed technology for ink droplets using pressure wave patterns

1960's - Gerber Scientific produces plotters for printed circuit boards

1970's - Direct thermal printer

1973 - HP 9862A plotter released for 9800 desktop calculator

1974 - Stored energy dot matrix printer

1976 - Inkjet technology developed

1976 - First commercial laser printer

1977 - Seimens PT-80 uses drop-on-demand inkjet technology

1978 - Piezoelectric inkjet printer

1978 - First commercially sucessful dot matrix printer - Epson's TX-80

late 1970's - Ballistic wire dot matrix printers

1980 - IBM releases 5215 golf ball printer

1982 - Thermal wax printer

1984 - Thermal inkjet printer

1984 - First disposable inkjet cartridge

1987 - First color inkjet printer - HP Paintjet

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