That’s right. If you have an inkjet printer, especially if you’ve had it for a while, then it’s got a really dirty secret.
Have you ever wondered how it cleans the print head? Well, it does so by spraying some ink through it to make sure that the holes are clear. The obvious question is “where does all that ink go?”
Atomic Shrimp has a video and detailed article with plenty of pictures to illustrate the problem.
Given that video and a bit of cautious adventuring spirit, it looks very much like a determined user could manage to empty this waste ink so that perhaps the printer won’t just decide “the waste ink tank is full, I’m now a paperweight and you have to buy a new printer”
This reminds me of a similar problem with inkjet print heads. For example, We’ve got a “Cannon BJC-4300 Color Bubble Jet Printer”. We’ve found that even if the print head is cleaned regularly, it still has to be replaced after anywhere from as few as three to a theoretical maximum of twenty ink cartridges have been used in it.
Personally I see no reason why it shouldn’t be possible to clean a used print head and restore it to full usefulness and be able to avoid having to spend fifty dollars or more on a replacement unit.
[Tags]printer, ink, waste ink, cleaning cycle, print head, clean print head, inkjet printer, repair[/tags]