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What are the various uses of defunct printer?

I have an old printer which has stopped working. What is the best way I can use the printer/spares from the printer. Resale will not fetch me any money.

Treknology4 years ago
It depends on the type of printer. If it's a large old workhorse (e.g., NEC P5) then you have some excellent hi-torque stepper motors that can be used for wind-turbine experimentation and keep your batteries charged without wall-warts. There are other sensors in printers that can be incorporated into home-built CNC systems. As you indicate that you're more artistic minded, strip the case and turn it into a planter. Actually, now that I think of it, I may try that myself! Platens, belts, and gears can all be used to decorative effect.
jtobako5 years ago
Tie-dye? Calligraphy ink? Paint? Fero-fluid (depends on type of ink)?
prernapoojara (author)  jtobako5 years ago
Thank you for your reply. Sounds interesting. What are Fero Fluids?
purduecer5 years ago
If you're electronically inclined, printers provide a good source for DC motors (particularly stepper motors)
Indeed - Stepper Motors, Belts, steel rods, gears and paper-handling wheels. The PCB's have some cool components for scavenging. A few led's here and there...buttons . non-componental use: Paperweight, anchor, chain-flail weapon.
prernapoojara (author)  frollard5 years ago
Thanks you so much for your reply. Appreciate your ideas. Let me see what best I can make out and will try and post them.
hehe, might make a good boat anchor :-P
prernapoojara (author)  purduecer5 years ago
Thanks a ton for your reply. I am more of an artist. not very electronically inclined. thanks for taking time out to comment
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