TOKYO, Japan, August 26, 2015—Canon Inc. today commemorated the 30th anniversary of the launch in 1985 of the BJ-80, the Company’s first inkjet printer employing Bubble Jet technology.
In the mid-1970s, Canon researchers carried out research and development into the wide range of possibilities offered by inkjet technology. In an experiment conducted during that time, the tip of a soldering iron came into contact with a syringe needle containing ink, causing ink droplets to spurt out of the tip of the needle. This incident led to various experiments and tests which, in turn, resulted in the creation of Canon’s proprietary inkjet technology that uses the heat from a heater to eject ink droplets. In October 1977, the Company submitted a basic patent application for the world’s first thermal inkjet (Bubble Jet) technology, laying the foundation for future inkjet printer development.