A team of students have designed and built their own inkjet printer as part of a mechanical engineering design class.

Numerous different objects, including paper and fabric, can be printed on by the device, which uses standard ink cartridges, PC World magazine's GeekTech blog reports.

The news provider states that the students, from the University of Washington, have worked to keep costs to a minimum in producing the product.

A fused deposition modelling machine, which uses molten material to form different parts, was used in the construction of the model, the report said.

Using materials including silicon moulds and polyurethane helped to keep the cost of the printer to a minimum, the report said, noting that the price of casting the parts was relatively low once the moulds had been made.

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