Printer Woes

Thu, 24 May 2012

I've completed the Apatosaurus files and was all ready to make up the model for photography. That is until my printer decided to die. Arghh! As a struggling artist / struggling engineer it is a cost I could do without 🙁 

If you were thinking about signing up for membership , membership+ extra (to receive a signed made up model!) or sending a donation now would be the perfect moment, thank you! 🙂 Anyway, embarrassing begging post over, I'll use the time to work behind the scenes on the website. 

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Comments (7)

  • cool022883 May 24, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    maybe you can go clean out

    maybe you can go clean out your hard drive you always seem to find lost projects when you do if you find one it will give us a project  to work on while you fix your printer problem.

    An excellent idea, and thanks for the very kind donation Scott! – RI

  • Smelter May 25, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Arise Sir Ive!
    Sadly not our

    Arise Sir Ive!

    Sadly not our Rob, but he does draw for a living designing iStuff, which is good that designers are being recognised.

    Keep "struggling" Rob, and inspiring us to make stuff!

    thanks Smelter 🙂 – RI

  • frankenpaper May 25, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I sympathize with your

    I sympathize with your printer plight. I had a similar issue last year. When choosing a printer I wanted to be sure to pick something that works well with card stock, and had good prices on ink. I also wanted to make sure that it was common and popular so that it would match what most users had. Another key element I wanted was 4 different color ink cartridges (Red, Yellow, Blue, Black) so that when I am working on a project that is mostly yellow with no blue, then I don't have to throw out a combo cartridge full of blue. I chose a Canon Pixma MG5200. It does a good job and the ink prices are not too bad. The thing that bothers me is that if ANY cartridge is empty, then NO PRINTING can be done. If I am out of red, then I can not print plane text with black ink only. I don't know why it has 2 black ink cartridges (that are not interchangeable) but if one is out, I can not print at all. Having said all that, it is quiet and the ink does not smear. You also get access to exclusive paper model content that is not available on the main Canon site.

    • Anonymous November 7, 2012 at 3:45 am

      There is a workaround for

      There is a workaround for this "single ink tank empty-now it won't print at all" issue if you only need black print output.  I was out of all 5 tanks (starter pack).  I bought the 4 pack which included Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black for my MG5200.  It was $55 so I decided not to buy the large bulk black ink tank as I figured it would just use the smaller black ink tank.  As you pointed out, it would not print due to the single bulk black ink tank being empty.

      In the print settings, I set it up as a sepia tone color doc and selected "grayscale only".  It printed the "color" document in gray scale.  The result was as if it was printing black directly from the bulk black ink tank.  I always used last settings so nothing ever has to be set again unless I was full color.

      Thanks for the tip! – RI

      • frankenpaper November 7, 2012 at 3:07 pm

        Thanks for letting me know. I

        Thanks for letting me know. I will try it next time.

  • tamaramonteau May 25, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    The last printer I purchased

    The last printer I purchased was a Canon Pixima. What I like about the Pixima I own is that it duplexes, allowing for automatic printing of two-sided patterns. It also prints labels directly on CDs/DVDs.

    As with most printers I've seen, it almost costs as much for ink as it does for a whole printer. However, I discovered an alternative that has been working very well for me for a great number of years. I purchase quality inks and supplies from They carry a wide range of refillable ink cartridges, chip resetters, and refill systems. You won't believe how easy it is, and how much money you can save over those pricey pre-filled cartridges.

  • robives May 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

    Printer sorted! Thanks

    Printer sorted! Thanks everyone for your support and advice.

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