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What is GELJET Printing?

You may have heard of Inkjet and LaserJet but how about GelJet? Well if you haven’t, keep reading because you’ll be hearing a lot more about GelJet over the next few years when it comes to printers.

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GELJET is effectively a hybrid of both laserjet and inkjet printers. The technology (formally known as GelSprinter™), which has few more distinguishing features, was developed by printer manufacturer Ricoh, as a more cost effective and versatile way of printing.

GELJET printers, as you can imagine, use a liquid gel ink in the printing process. As the gel ink is more viscous than traditional ink, GELJET produces a more affordable and rugged finished print.

How Does it Work?

The viscous ink remains in a liquid state whilst in the cartridge, but due to its high viscosity, it sets and dries upon contact with the paper. This produces a solid and crisp image on paper.

As gel dries so quickly, the ink is ideal for high speed or duplex printing, it’s also waterproof and produces a sunlight-resistant print.

Gel ink is fed from vacuum-packed ink cartridges via a dual tank system. Each colour is pumped through a tube to the reservoir in the print head tank unit. The reservoir is topped up whenever the volume of ink falls below a certain level, guaranteeing a continuous supply of ink and zero waste.

The GELJET printer uses MDOT, a ‘Micro-piezo system’, where a small element in the ink nozzle is electrically charged forcing it to restrict and distorts, this creates pressure within the nozzle and forced the ink to be fired from the nozzle.

This method is far more controlled than a traditional ‘bubble system’ where ink is literally heated into a bubble and squirted onto paper (this is why you sometimes get blots or bursts of ink on paper from older or cheaper printers).


Advantages of GELJET

So apart from efficiency in print, what advantages does GELJET have?

  • Wider print head- GELJET has a far wider print head meaning, more surface area is covered in each pass of the print head, requiring fewer passes per page
  • Fast-drying- The special fast-drying viscous ink sets and dries quickly on the page, providing a solid, crisp image on plain paper.
  • Lighter print image – A lighter footprint greatly reduces the image density on duplex pages so that the image doesn’t show through from the other side of the page

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So how about the price? Although GELJET printer can be more expensive at the outset than traditional inkjet, the gel technology is actually far more cost effective, especially at in home printing or for SMBs.

Zero waste-The dual tank system ensures that all ink in the cartridge is used before flagging for a replacement

No heating element-The micro-piezo technology doesn’t require a heating element to heat the ink, so GELJET has a short warm-up time and saves energy compared to other printers.

Low maintenance– Because there is no heating element, there are no heaters or other mechanisms to deteriorate.


Should You Switch?

For small businesses a Geljet printer could prove to be an excellent investment as they have many advantages over inkjets. For small print runs, GelJet offer an economical and practical alternative to lasers with quick turnaround time, low costs and low maintenance.

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  1. Few minor issues with this:
    A) HP OfficeJet Pro X inkjet printers have “PageWide” print heads which don’t actually need to move at all during printing.
    B) EPSON printers have used Micro Piezo in their inkjet printers for years now
    C) Where is the comparison to laser? It has practically the same process as inkjet just with thicker ink. By the sounds of your article there is no heating, toner or laser involved.

    Granted the vacuum sealed ink/gel packs are an advantage, but other than that this article seems to just be an advert for Ricoh and comparing its best bits to both laser and inkjet’s worst bits.

    Not convinced. I’ll stick with my HP Pro x451dw.

  2. Does the gel bond with the paper, if not, is it possible to scratch it off? We had a trial of a wax printer a few years back and couldn’t use it for cheque printing as you could effectively peel the numbers off!

  3. Do not buy off Ebuyer,!! once they have your money they send you inferior products and have no customer service
    . The company have been reported to the trading ombudsmen … Keep away….

  4. Keep Away!!!… from someone posting anonymously..take it with a pinch of salt..
    Anyway back to the GelJet, being poor I’m more interested in knowing what the cartridge refill costs are and is this technology being developed to stop CSS? Printer manufacturers are like a cartel, they all push up the cost of cartridges thus excluding people on low income from being able to print…it’s a conspiracy i tell you…a conspiracy.

  5. We have been using this exact printer for years, every day to print out full page colour images for use with sublimation. We have the 3110dn and the 7100dn. They are good printers, the ink is dry as it comes out the machine and the ink lasts for absolute ages. I really can’t fault these printers at all, although we have only the Ricoh ones. Just as a side note about Ebuyer, I have been buying from them since 2006 and never had any issues at all. They are definitely one of the top sites to by from.

  6. We are slowly replacing all our printers at work with Gel printers and they are good and apparently cheaper to run.
    I have taken one of the old Laser printers that we replaced home because my Epson and HP keep clogging up as I don’t print very often at all but I would also like to know if they dry up like Inkjets but having seen that no-one has answered Mark W’s question in over 7 months, I will keep the re-purposed Laser instead for home.

  7. Allways been happy with Ebuyer, replaced items that have been faulty with no questions asked. ignore what the naysayers say, you get the products you pay for.

  8. I have a Ricoh 3110snw GELJET printer and haven’t had any issues yet in the 2 years of ownership.
    I went from a Samsung LaserJet to the Ricoh GELJET as my Samsung died after 2 years.
    I decided to go for the GELJET because I found that previously with inkjet printers the heads or cartridges would dry out if not used regularly and I couldn’t justify going for another LaserJet. With the GELJET I haven’t had any problems with the ink drying up or clogging the heads and the ink cartridges last a lot longer too with a larger ink capacity compared to some inkjet cartridges. More pages for your £. I would definitely buy another one.

  9. I have printed 1 page and left my ricoh printer in storage for over a year . tadaa perfect print after a year.


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