Thermal printers work in one of two ways, for older models heat sensitive paper is used by placing a roll in a container inside the machine and the end of that roll is stuck into a slot. For newer machines, they use ribbon printer cartridges. Inside of the ribbon cartridge there is a waxy material stored inside.
Consequently, do thermal printers use ink?
Direct thermal printers utilize a chemically treated material that blackens when the thermal print-head applies heat to its surface. Because it uses heat to create the image, direct thermal printers don't require ink, toner, or ribbons.
What is the business use of a thermal printer?
Printers employ a variety of technologies to produce text and images on paper. One technology, called thermal printing, uses heat to transfer colored ink onto a page or to change the color of the paper itself. Your business may have several thermal printers as part of standard office equipment.
How does direct thermal printing work?
Direct thermal printers have no ink, toner, or ribbon. Their simple design makes thermal printers durable and easy to use. In thermal transfer printing, a thermal printhead applies heat to a ribbon, which melts ink onto the material to form the image. The ink is absorbed so that the image becomes part of the media.