inspired invention: intravenous ink

Putting together a magazine requires printing out all the pages to create a mock-up or prototype. With this year’s MARHO Breeders’ Cup official souvenir magazine running to 68 pages so far, that’s a lot of ink and ink cartridges.

Enter the Multi-Colors Continuous Ink System, feeding ink to your thirsty printer cartridges intravenously.

Holes are bored in the printer cartridges. One is right in the center of the black, and others opposite the three different ink chambers – cyan, magenta, yellow – in the color cartridge. Plastic grommets cover the holes and provide tight seals for the ink hoses.


The ends of the hoses are connected to the the cartridge. The opposite ends of the hoses are attached to the continuous ink system containers.


Syringes are used to suck air from the ink chambers in the cartridges, forcing ink to flow from the polycarbonate containers of ink.


Plastic clips placed strategically keep the hoses from tangling in the printer mechanism.

Not only is it less expensive in the long run, it is also more convenient since you don’t have to change cartridges frequently.  With this system, I can also see exactly how much ink I have left – which is important, because I don’t like running out of ink while in the middle of printing out a page.

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1 Comment on inspired invention: intravenous ink

  1. Mona
    26 November 2008 at 6:11 pm (4243 days ago)

    I had one of these, which I absolutely loved … and then I discovered that my Canon Pixma IP1200 had an excess ink cache… which got filled up very quickly. And I also discovered that replacing the ink cache parts would cost more than a new printer… And so I had to buy me a new printer. These manufacturers are sneaky!

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