Thermal Paper

Most commonly known as the paper used in a fax machine, thermalpaper is a slick paper that reacts with heat. To prepare it for the fax machine, a thermalpaper is first exposed to a chemical in order to react with the heat and get the required results. In other words, the text and images to be printed are transformed into shapes by the heat and that is how they react with the paper and print.

What Is A Thermal Paper?

Initially, thermal papers were used to copy. Back then, the thermotransfer technique was applied to print out a specific document or image. It was then placed on another plain paper while heat was applied on it and the same data on the thermal paper was transferred to the plain paper, making it a copy of the original.
Nowadays, thermal papers are not preferred in commercial use or office use because there are more efficient ways to print all kinds of surfaces now. Despite this fact, there are still some printers that enforce using it. Where now you can find printing papers in a pack of different sizes, this paper is found in rolls that are installed inside the printer. The printing process of this paper is called the thermotransfer that thermally transfers the received fax on the paper and dispenses it out of the machine.

Uses of Thermal Papers

The most common fields where this kind of paper is still used include debit cards and credit card machines, ATM machines, lottery tickets, portable point of sale machines, for documents that are to be stored for a long time and in portable printers.

Like other papers, thermal papers also come in a variety of types varying in different aspects from each other. These may include a range in quality, size and price.
Regardless of being an out-dated source of printing, some very efficient thermal printing methods have come forward with the help of technology, saving this technique before it dies.