Toshiba eyes paper reduction with toner heating printer

Toshiba e-STUDIO306LP/RD30
The Toshiba e-STUDIO306/RD30: wipes the paper, prints again

Toshiba has claimed a world first in launching a multi-function printer (MFP) capable of re-using ordinary copier paper multiple times by using burning off print toner to leave a clear surface.

While companies such as Canon are increasingly offering cloud-based printing solutions in a step toward electronic document storage, Toshiba has recognised that some businesses aren't quite ready to leave paper-based workflows behind.

Toshiba's e-STUDIO306LP/RD30 uses erasable toner technology in which a used sheet is fed into the machine to heat toner until the print is de-colourised and disappears.

It can automatically detect if a sheet is reusable and places spent sheets in a separate tray. To avoid documents being accidentally wiped, it electronically converts what is fed into the printer into a file stored in a document management system (DMS) for retrieval over a network.

Toshiba gives a "conservative" average estimate of five re-uses and claims it can reduce paper and waste costs by 80%.

Cheaper solution

The Japanese giant says that although erasable technology isn't new, the e-STUDIO306LP/RD30 differs from comparatively pricier machines as it does not require a special type of plastic coated paper for it to work.

It is aiming the machine at businesses that need to keep paper documents temporarily.

Kane Fulton
Kane has been fascinated by the endless possibilities of computers since first getting his hands on an Amiga 500+ back in 1991. These days he mostly lives in realm of VR, where he's working his way into the world Paddleball rankings in Rec Room.