Patent Number: 6,167,221

Title: Image forming apparatus with separate support structures for image forming parts and for other parts

Abstract: An image forming apparatus includes a molded frame 52 as a first structure fixed on a metal base plate 50 and a metal frame 54 as a second structure fixed on the metal base plate 50. The molded frame 52 is disposed in the metal frame 54 so that the molded frame 52 is not directly brought into contact with the metal frame 54. The mold frame 52 supports a plurality of parts which are related to an image forming portion and which are capable of being commonly used for operating the copying function, operating the printing function, and operating the facsimile-function. The metal frame 54 supports the other parts, such as a controlling device, reading device, an outer cover, and other parts. A rail member 60, which supports a sheet-supplying cassette so that the sheet-supplying cassette is freely moved in and out, is positioned with respect to the molded frame 52.

Inventors: Kobayashi; Kazuhiko (Chigasaki, JP)

Assignee: Ricoh Company, Ltd.

International Classification: B41J 29/02 (20060101); G03G 15/00 (20060101); H04N 1/00 (20060101); G03G 015/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2017