Thermal Transfer Print

Thermal Transfer Print


Thermal Transfer Printing


As with Thermal technique, the printing of the surface does not happen by pressure, but by puctual calefaction (heating).

In contrast to the Thermal Technique though, the paper surface does not have to be prepared - regular paper will do - or synthetic materials. Thermal Transfer Print is frequently used wth Label Printing.

Procedure: Between the thermal print head and the surface to be printed, a ribbon of wax, resin of a mixture of both, is conducted. Due to the precise punctual heating of the ink ribbon surface, the underlying surface is colored so that signs and graphics alike are pictured. 

Depending on the application area, we recommend either Regular Paper Labels (low-cost) or synthetical versions (highly durable). Regular Paper Labels are normally printed with wax, synthetical ones with a wax/resin combination.


Benefits Thermal Transfer Print:

- Very fast printing

- Higher printing quality compared to Thermal Print (up to 600dpi)

- Free choice of surfaces

- Substantially quieter and more robust than Needle Print

- No bleaching of the print - depending on the material selected

   even under extreme temperatures resp. chemical impact

Disadvantage with Thermal Print:

- Overall costlier due to additional use of ink ribbon

Precondition for Thermal Transfer Print:

- Need of specified Ribbons (thermal transfer foils)


Hint: QUAD solely sells high-quality Original accessories for reasons of print head durability and reduced costs for optional warranty extensions with Zebra Label Printers.