Canon Looks Back on 30 Years of Inkjet Development, Its First Inkjet Printer

Canon Inc. of Tokyo is commemorating the 30th anniversary of the launch of its first inkjet printer, the BJ-80, which used Canon’s “Bubble Jet” inkjet-printing technology. The BJ-80 at the time cost about $500, and could print with black ink only.

The Canon BJ-80 Bubble Jet printer launched in December 1985.

The Canon PIXUS MG7730 inkjet printer to be launched in September 2015.

The firm explains that, back in the mid-1970s, its researchers carried out research and development into the wide range of possibilities offered by inkjet technology. In an experiment conducted during that time, the tip of a soldering iron came into contact with a syringe needle containing ink, causing ink droplets to spurt out of the tip of the needle. This incident led to various experiments and tests which, in turn, resulted in the creation of Canon’s proprietary inkjet printing that uses the heat from a heater to eject ink droplets. In October 1977, Canon submitted a basic patent application for the world’s first thermal inkjet (Bubble Jet) technology, laying the foundation for future inkjet-printer development.

Following the submission of the basic patent application, in 1985, Canon launched the world’s first inkjet printer to employ Bubble Jet technology: the BJ-80. Later in 1990, the company introduced the notebook-size BJ-10v inkjet printer, which combined an ink tank and print head into a single ultra-compact ink cartridge, and in 1993, it launched the BJC-600J, the world’s first consumer-model inkjet printer with full-color printing on plain paper. In 1994, Canon’s Bubble Jet printing system was recognized in Japan with the prestigious Imperial Invention Prize at the National Commendation for Invention awards ceremony.

Canon continued to refine the inkjet, in 1999, launching the BJ-850, its first printer to incorporate FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology to achieve high-quality photo printing.

Today, it’s working to further enhance its FINE print-head technology. In 2001, it debuted the PIXUS brand (called PIXMA in other regions), which it says it continues to use for its current inkjet-printer lineup, and in 2004, it further evolved the PIXUS series, incorporating new body designs for complementing interior environments. This evolution helped to open up new possibilities for printers which, until that time, were generally perceived as simply PC peripheral equipment. Canon’s other inkjet innovations  include wireless printing, and connectivity with cloud-based file-storage and sharing-services.

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  1. matt says:

    i have a jacket to celebrate apple selling a million printer with canon engines. i cant find anything about it

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