The Ink Dial addresses what Chouinard said is a common frustration in printing. Jars of colored ink can be expensive, averaging around $75, he said, and owning all the available colors can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Instead, most printers mix colors according to a sort of universal â€œrecipe book.â€
The Ink Dial, in its completed form, will be able to dispense exact amounts of ink, making mixed colors consistent.
He said the only way to measure ink accurately is to weigh it on a scale, which still is not as reliable as his inventionâ€™s volume measurements.
â€œTime is saved, money is saved,â€ he said. â€œAnd youâ€™ve used a whole lot less ink.â€