Thermal Printer

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As opposed to most mechanical printers, a thermal printer prints by applying heat.

There are two methods of printing by using thermal printers.

  • The one is printing to special coated paper, which changes its color by applying heat. This is called direct thermal printing.
  • The other method, thermal transfer printing, works together with a special ribbon that prints the color where it is heated. It can be used only once.


  • Low initial cost
  • Quiet operation
  • Graphics printout possible


  • Slow print speed
  • Expensive special paper or ribbon
  • Instable printouts, if coated paper is used (printout fades within few months until it is totally unreadable)
  • No carbon copies possible



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