Made by the Japanese company, called Sanwa Newtec, the PrePeat Printer works by requiring plastic paper, more specifically called PET plastic. This plastic is the same plastic that is used for packaging food and beverages. Each sheet of paper has leuco dye on it. Leuco dye can change color depending on the temperature; colored when cool, and clear when hot. These products can range from being a powder or a liquid substance. For the PrePeat Printer, this dye comes in handy when it heats and cools the paper to erase and create a new image. The most useful part is that this paper can be reused about 1,000 times before it needs to be replaced, so you can place the same paper in the printer to print something new on it every time. Of course, this printer is mostly ideal for those that print a lot of material that is only read once.
But, this innovative creation does not come cheap. For the printer itself, it’s approximately $5,600, and that’s not even including the cost of the paper which is around $3,300 for a pack of 1,000 sheets.