thermal wax transfer printer - Computer Definition
A printer that uses the same printing mechanism as a dye sublimation printer, but rather than laying down a transparent die, it melts dots of wax-based ink that adhere to almost any kind of stock, from ordinary paper to complex synthetics and film. Thermal transfer printers produce shades of colors by placing color dots side-by-side (see dithering). Printing faster than dye sublimation, consumables (ribbon and paper) are also less expensive, but do not produce photorealistic quality. Dual-Mode Printers Some printers allow swapping of both thermal wax and dye sublimation ribbons so that the wax can be used for draft quality and the dye for final output. See dye sublimation printer for more details on the printing process. See direct thermal printer and printer.