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Thermal Printer

Thermal Printer

49.63

Product Code : 695

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This is a thermal printer like you would find on a cash register or adding machine. It will print simple strings passed to it via TTL serial, bitmap images (poorly) and it even generates several different formats of barcodes!

The thermal printer takes 2.25" (57mm) wide thermal paper with a max roll diameter of 1.5" (39mm). Thermal paper is inexpensive and commonly found in most office supply stores in 85ft lengths. You may have to remove some paper from these rolls in order for it to fit into the printer. But, you can always use the excess paper in the printer, since you don't need to have a 'core' in the paper for it to work.

The back panel has 2 3-pin connectors; one for power and one for serial communications. The thermal printer ships with default 19200bps baud rate. If you're using this printer in conjunction with an Arduino, you're going to need to connect it to the "Vin" pin and attach an external power supply, as the printer will draw more current than USB is capable of delivering. We've found that a 5V wall adapter works best (see related products below).

The print head has a rated life of 50km! That means this printer can handle a marathon's distance (~30 miles) of printing before the head hits its rated limit.

Use this printer in any project where you need a hard-copy of the output, or in an art project where you want to keep the output to stick on your fridge, or to build a DIY cash register for your lemonade stand!

 

 

Note: The printer doesn't come with any paper, you can find rolls of paper listed in the related products section.

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Customer Reviews

Very easy to use. Review by Colin D
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Quiet and reasonable speed print. (10 lines of printing takes about 1 second.) Quality as good as any till receipt.
The example code has an initialisation sequence to set up the printing parameters. This is not essential unless you really want to optimise the printout for a particular type of paper. The printer works fine with the default settings. Just turn it on and send it the data to print.
There is no handshaking so it is possible to send data too fast for the printer and overflow the internal buffer. However this only happens with printouts about a foot long. A simple solution is just to make sure there is a pause of about a second between every ten lines of printing.
Note that the printer does not come with any paper.

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