What is Direct Thermal Print Technology? (in 100 Words or Less)

What is Direct Thermal Print Technology? (in 100 Words or Less)

Label Printers, 100 Words or Less, Barcode Basics | 22 January 2020

Posted by John Masica

What is Direct Thermal Print Technology? (In 100 Words or Less)

Direct Thermal print technology utilizes a heated printhead and heat reactive paper. The heat reactive paper darkens as the printhead intermittently heats the paper to create the desired image.

This print technology is commonly used on items with a short lifespan such as shipping labels and receipts. It’s suitable for these types of applications because it can provide a high resolution image at a low cost, however it’s not very durable. The paper is sensitive to liquid, heat, abrasion and extended light exposure, which carries risk to extended exposure and harsher applications.

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John Masica

Based in St. Paul, MN, USA, John Masica is Computype’s Technical Support Specialist. Specializing in label printer maintenance and engineering, John is the go-to person for all things label printing. Through his 24 years here at Computype, he has learned many tips and tricks to make your label printing easier and more efficient.