Ribbon Printers: Thermal Transfer vs. Hot Stamping

If you are researching ribbon printers, you've probably already come across these two options - Thermal Heat Transfer and Hot Stamping. Both are currently used for printing on ribbon but are very different from one another. Here's a little history and a comparison so you can decide which one is right for you.

Thermal Transfer - This is the newest method where you create a design on your computer through a specialized software program that then prints on the ribbon using a bar code printer.

Hot Stamping - This method has been in existence for a while. You manually set type and then apply pressure for a "stamp" to be adhered to the ribbon.

There are pros and cons to each system. Below is a chart outlining the differences so you can determine which will best fit your needs.

Any other questions on these systems? Just ask in the comment section below.

Sue Monhait
Sue Monhait