A multiple disc printing tray has been done before.
A company called Verity Systems offered a 6 full sized disc printing solution but discontinued it a few years back. It was a wide format Epson printer with a steel tray (probably too expensive to mold the plastic for such a limited audience), and only did discs - the paper option was sacrificed. It was aimed at the professional production market and I believe was somewhere around $1,200, or around the same price of an entry level automated disc printer such as a recordex, bravo, or Microboards machine.
While being able to print 2 discs without reloading seems (and is) useless for some folks, it would be very desirable to others: The event videographer market, for example, would gobble up a double disc solution that was reasonably priced. That industry has to print handfuls discs for their income, but they rarely do a large enough run of discs to justify the expenditure of an automated solution. Hand feeding 20 discs is time consuming - having to only visit the printer 10 times would be a money saver for them.
With that in mind, we looked into developing a 2 disc tray for the R220 for resale, but eventually shelved the idea. Here are the barriers we came up against:
- The mold for the plastic would have been extremely expensive. We most likely would have had to have had a tray laser cut from polycarbonate.
- The software development: The printer driver would have had to have been modified to understand that there are either 1 or two discs present and where they are. The feed cycle would also have to have been modified.
- shortcomings of the printer: We hear about feed malfunctions all the time from clients using the Epson, and a bigger tray would only make matters worse. The Epson rollers are designed primarily to handle flexible paper, not plastic trays. Longer trays = bigger problems.
- Finally, the newer epsons have short trays that don’t run out of the back of the printer so the window of opportunity is gone.
I think we think alike (would any of us tolerate a paper printer that only held one sheet?), but I think getting the Epson to do more than one disc would be an expensive challenge.