Samsung shows off eco-friendly, waterproof, and fireproof printer


Samsung has gone completely green. Or at least that is what the company wants you to think. Samsung has introduced the Origami printer, which is made out of recycled cardboard and simplifies the manufacturing process and saves the environment by using less plastic in the process.

According to Wired, aside from the Origami printer, Samsung also has two other similar models, Clip and Mates, which are equally eco-friendly and cost-effective. The trio were highly recognized at the the 2013 International Design Excellence Awards.

Juehyun Jung, a senior designer at Samsung explains:

“It is not easy to apply a cover to a product’s engine unit. In addition to requiring knowledge about the part assembly sequence, there is the inconvenience of fastening a great number of screws.”

Despite of the fact that it is made out of cardboard, the printer is just as functional as its plastic counterparts and, more over, Samsung claims that it is water and fire proof (although Samsung refuse to explain the details). Currently, the Origami is still in the prototype process and we do not know when it will hit the stores nor do we know the price, but when it goes on sale later in the future, we do see it being cheaper compared to other printers.

You can check the prototypes in the below video:

What do you guys think? Would you buy one for yourself? Let us know in the comment section below.

[via Wired]

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  1. AT

    I would not say this is green, but I would say it is greener than current printers. I can definitely see possibilities with this manufacturing process. If the casing gets damaged, it would be easy to repair especially the Mate.

    [@Coyote] The cardboard you’re thinking of is corrugated cardboard boxes. What is shown here is high density cardboard similar to IKEA furniture but denser. Completely different material with very different properties. You can waterproof it with a coat of paint.

  2. Coyote

    Pretty sure this is a joke, seriously cardboard is perhaps the most water and fire prone material there is… though I suppose it would be hard to catch fire if the cardboard has already absorbed all the leaking ink. As for being cheaper than other printers, thats a moot point, the cost is usually in the toner/ink cartridges. Now if they could figure out an organic and cheap alternative so refills are only a couple dollars, then I’ll take notice.

  3. Mags

    Possibly, BUT it would have to be after my current Samsung laser printer dies. That doesn’t seem likely for a long long time. Got it on sale (just over a year ago) as an end of line model for half price. It is the best printer I’ve had so far. Would I buy another similar one? You bet, as for the cardboard one, I’d have to see the reviews on it first.