Those who have ever tried it know: it is not very easy to take a printer apart. My friend Andrew and I were interested in trying and in extracting the stepper motors for future projects. The process was informative, involved many unusual tools and some brute strength, and ultimately took a couple hours. Unlike Andrew, I remained relatively unstained by toner.
First one has to be impressed with the shear number of parts involved. Thousands of tiny parts all layered together and fastened in an inscrutable logic. My imagination is unfortunately stymied visualizing the locations, people and machines that must have been involved in its production.
According to the neighbor, this artifact was used until the toner ran out. A new printer was cheaper than buying new toner. That’s the world we live in We intervened between this product and its resting place in the landfill: keeping the motors and recycling PCBs and toner.