Samsung Printer Concepts
Three home printer concepts by South Korean manufacturer Samsung place the conventional mechanics of a printer inside alternative shells for designs that are both easier to build and kinder on the environment.
Rather than using typical ABS plastic, Clip’s shell is made from the more flexible plastic polyethylene, which folds to create casing that clips together without the need for screws or glue. With fewer parts making it quicker to assemble than conventional models, Clip’s designer Seungwook Jeong claims the printer could be 10% cheaper than similar products.
Similar to Clip but even cheaper to manufacturer, the Origami concept has a shell made from cardboard that can be easily recycled once the printer stops working. The third concept, Mate, is a customisable system with colourful exterior panels that can be altered as the user chooses.
As highlighted in Stylus report The Future is Here: A New Industrial Revolution, consumer electronics are a prime sector for applying innovative manufacturing methods to allow for products that are easier to disassemble for repair or recycling. For a wider look at how the design and manufacture process is shifting, see Stylus industry trend Design Democracy: Outsider.