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Time
12 hours 9 minutes
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Beginner
CEU/CPE
12
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>> Welcome to Lesson 11.1,
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Printer Technologies Part 4.
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This is Part 4 in our printer technologies series.
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We're going to talk about
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virtual printing in this series.
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Our objectives for this lesson is virtual printing.
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We're going to talk about different ways
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that you can print virtually.
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Virtual printing consist of printing
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to a file, print to PDF,
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print to XPS, print to image,
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and 3D printing,
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and new technology. Let's go ahead and start.
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Virtual printing. Virtual printing is a way of printing,
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but there's no physical output.
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The output is in the form of an electronic file.
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In virtual printing, there's no paper, no ink,
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or toner because even the printer itself is virtual.
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The output files from the virtual printer or
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virtual printing can be sent
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or shared across the network,
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emailed, and digitally stored.
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Very flexible capability here.
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It's portable and no physical printer needed,
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no paper, no ink needed.
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Very portable, very convenient.
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This is a different type of virtual printing technology.
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First, look at printing to a file.
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Printing to a file is
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a Windows option that's been around for a long time.
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The print to file option is used when you
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don't want to print to a physical printer.
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You may have a situation where you may
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be want a prints or
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create a file but need it
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printed somewhere else at a different location,
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where they're at home and need to print it
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at work, or vice versa.
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You can use this object to create
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an output that can be printed somewhere else.
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Printing the file is saving the file in
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an output that a printer will
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understand and printing it later.
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Copying to a printer will involve using a command
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such as copy filename LPT1,
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and that's going to be done from the command line.
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Print a file and save it.
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At a destination location,
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copy the file to the printer and the printer will see
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the file and print it out like it normally would.
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A very convenient mode here.
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This file could be sent to
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another location or another person as well,
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and they can do the same and print. Print to PDF.
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Print it to PDF is a printing that is specific to
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a file output called Adobe PDF file.
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It's a proprietary format,
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but there are many PDF readers
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available on the market that can read PDF files.
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It's a format that generally anyone could use.
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Newer browsers have this capability built
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right in so they can read these PDF files.
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Many third-party software allow you to
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print to a PDF for within your applications.
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This is a way to print to a PDF file.
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Print to XPS.
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Microsoft has a virtual file output
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called a Microsoft XPS.
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The XML paper specification,
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or XPS, is similar to PDF,
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but instead of being able to print to
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an Adobe PDF document or format,
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it's printing to Microsoft XPS format.
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The XPS format has been available since Windows XP.
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The XPS file output can be read by
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any operating system that has an XPS reader.
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Another form of portability
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and sharing the file across
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a network to a storage location,
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email, and printing it at a different location,
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and make another portable format here.
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Print to image is another way we can print virtually.
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Print to image is a type of virtual printing
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used to create the output as an image file.
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The output would be a picture and it can be viewed by
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any program that understand the image format.
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This could be a JPEG, a GIF,
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a PNG file, any one of those formats.
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This function is not built into
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the operating system but found in many applications.
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Some third-party software will install a driver to
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perform this within their software.
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Finally, 3D printing.
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3D printing is a new technology
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that is taking printing to another level.
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3D printing allows designs to
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be made to a computer but printed on a 3D form.
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This is sometimes called additive manufacturing.
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Now instead of wasting time and
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creating a material or a product out of raw material,
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cutting it down, you can use a 3D printer to design it,
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print it out, and you can look at it to
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make changes and do the same thing again.
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It's quickening the quorum prototyping process.
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Also, files can be sent anywhere and printed.
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You can create a 3D image file to be
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printed and send it to someone else
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and they can print it on their 3D printer.
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This is a new technology that is being seeing
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benefits all across different levels of business,
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not just any office,
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but in manufacturing and design,
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anywhere there is a physical product
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that needs to be modeled and prototyped,
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3D printing can come in and be a key resource for that.
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We have looked at
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different printing technologies in
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the form of virtual printing;
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print to a file,
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print to a PDF, print to XPS,
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and printing an image, and we finished off talking
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about 3D printing That's going
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to conclude our series on
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printing technologies and going to conclude this lesson.
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We will see you in the next lesson.
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