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Static Electricity and Static Discharge

The relationship between the buildup of electrons and the sudden flow of electrons from one charged object to another.

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How Does a Printer Work?

Credit: Chris Gladis
Source: http://flic.kr/p/4FQdVF
License: CC BY-NC 3.0


Everyone should have used a printer in their lifetime. Whether at home for a school report or at school for a club poster, printers have become essential for all sorts of work related assignments. What may seem like a trivial task for such a big machine to finish actually is a very complex process using static electricity. Watch the clip below to see how it works (start at 1:52)

Creative Applications

  1. Dig in a little deeper. How does static electricity help produce the image in the printer?
  2. Why would your paper feel warm coming right out of the printer? 
  3. How do you think the process for color printers differs?




Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: Chris Gladis; Source: http://flic.kr/p/4FQdVF; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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