Updated: Mar 28
First day on your job, new office. New coworkers. New position. Pretty excited to get to work, but you may not be as technically adept as your new colleagues. You never did like copiers or printers cause you could never work them, but there is hope for you yet. There is a say, knowing your enemy is half the battle is won, but the copier doesn't have to be your enemy. Just by learning what makes them tick, and what goes on when you copy something, working the copier won't be nearly as difficult.
What exactly is going on when you decide to hit "start" on the copy machine?
It has a lot to do with static electricity. It may seem nearly impossible for that to be the case but think about this. When you photocopy something, you are typically using toner. Well toner is not ink. It is actually a fine black or Cyan (Blue) or Magenta (Purplish pink), or yellow powder that can be charged with static electricity. There is a drum unit inside of every copier that allows the toner to gain charge and stick to the drum unit.
The drums ability to use selective charge really comes in to action. The drum selectively charge certain sections of itself in order to attract toner on the specific parts that have charge. Its selective charge is all magic happens with the power of light! See how the name "PHOTO copier" works now?
When the paper finally comes through, it is statically charged so the toner becomes attracted to the paper. The toner is then fused to the paper through the use of heat, since the toner particles themselves are very sensitive to heat.