Printers and scanners allow us to transfer the information we see on our screens and apply it to many different forms. We'll explore printer types, such as inkjets, laser printers and scanners.

The Ultimate 3-D Printing Quiz

Regular printers are pretty handy, but their up-and-coming cousins, 3-D printers, add a whole new dimension to the printing process. Literally! How much do you know about the fascinating field of 3-D printing? Take this quiz and find out!

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  • 10 Ways 3-D Printing Could Change the World

    10 Ways 3-D Printing Could Change the World

    You might think of 3-D printing as a way to make plastic models and parts, but people are embracing the technology for fashion, food, housing and a host of other things. See more »

  • How 3-D Printing Works

    How 3-D Printing Works

    People are used to printing out all sorts of two-dimensional documents and photos on their home printers, but imagine if you could do the same with 3-D items like toys or even furniture. Find out how 3-D printing is making that scenario a reality. See more »

  • How can you print without ink?

    How can you print without ink?

    Inkless printing? It doesn't seem possible. But one company's prototype inkless printer can print as well as erase documents. That means paper can be reused. How green is that? See more »

  • How does a bubble jet printer work?

    How does a bubble jet printer work?

    Bubble jet printers are a type of inkjet printer. What makes this version so popular? See more »

  • How does your computer know how much ink is left in the cartridge?

    How does your computer know how much ink is left in the cartridge?

    Ink is costly, so you want to know you're getting your money's worth. Your computer will tell you when you need to replace your ink cartridges, but how does it calculate usage, and how accurate is it? See more »

  • How Ink-free Mobile Photo Printers Work

    How Ink-free Mobile Photo Printers Work

    A printer that fits in your pocket? Won't ink drip out of it and stain your clothes? Not with this ink-free portable device. Snap a photo with your digital camera or cell phone and print it instantly. See more »

  • How Inkjet Printers Work

    How Inkjet Printers Work

    Inkjet printers shoot miniscule droplets of ink onto paper to create a seemingly fluid stroke. And with prices dropping since their introduction in the late 1980s, these printers are more popular than ever. See more »

  • How Laser Printers Work

    How Laser Printers Work

    Laser printers are fast, precise and inkless. So how do the words get there? How can a laser beam write on paper? Read about laser printer technology. See more »

  • How Offset Printing Works

    How Offset Printing Works

    Offset printing is the technology that makes most magazines and catalogs possible. See how the offset printing process puts full-color images on paper. See more »

  • How Scanners Work

    How Scanners Work

    Before the digital camera explosion, flatbed scanners were the way to get images into a PC and online. These devices turn images on paper into data you can access on a computer. Find out how scanners analyze, process and transfer images. See more »

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