Open Source Inkjet Printer

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(This is an abbreviated version of the Appropedia page)

This shield allows you to connect a HP C6602 inkjet cartridge to your Arduino turning it into a 96 dpi print platform


There are a lot of interesting possibilities for the use of such DIY open source inkjet printers to create appropriate technologies for sustainable development.

  • avoiding unnecessary plastic parts in most commercial printers
  • avoiding shipping carbon-fingerprint cost
  • fully customization and artistic projects
  • when your printer will break down, you won't buy a new one like nowadays with commercial printers, you'll just replace or fix the part that is malfunctionining in your open source.
  • no more planned-obsolence chips or drivers added by the manufacturer to force keep replacing their expensive ink cartridge.

Potential Applications

  1. Replacing commercial inkjet printers
  2. Egg-bot or circular printers like this pingpong printer
  3. Ticket or Barcode printer , Little Printer example, Toilet paper printer idea


  • Adding more print cartridge (only HP C6602 inkjet supported at the moment)
  • Creating an open source print cartridge. forum discussion

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