Direct thermal printers are most commonly used to print items such as receipts and shipping labels. Thermal transfer printers use a thermal print head to transfer a solid ink from a ribbon onto a label supply (usually made from vinyl, polyester, nylon, or other thicker materials) to produce a permanent print.
A thermal printer is a type of printer that uses heat to produce an image on paper. Instead of using ink or toner like traditional printers, thermal printers rely on thermal-sensitive paper that changes color when exposed to heat. There are two main types of thermal printing technologies: direct thermal and thermal transfer.