A group of design students have torn apart old inkjet printers and replaced the ink cartridge with different colored felt pens instead. Jaan Evart, Julian Hagen and Daniël Maarleveld currently all study at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and initiated their project at a creative printing workshop. The hacked printers produce their own individual rhythm and style, which results in a unique aesthetic that is reminiscent of the dot-matrix printer.
Hagen explained that:
The tricky part of this project was to kind of pretend to the printer that it had a full cartridge, and also that it didn’t try to completely destroy the paper with too much pressure of the felt pen, or with the way the paper is sucked in.
The experimental printer was recently presented at Vienna Design Week.
Click through the images below for more insight into how the hack worked.