Rimage Thermal Printers

Updated 3/25/2011 by SuperMediaStore Staff

Thermal printing has been in use for over 40 years. It was first used in instrumentation applications (including the U.S. space program) and is now applied to many diverse applications requiring high reliability, high print quality, image stability, and low cost.


A Rimage thermal printer or also known as Rimage direct thermal printer uses a special, chemically treated label stock or sometime known as ribbons that change colors when heated. The printer uses a set of pins, which are in contact of the label stock, are selectively electrically heated for printing / burning. Then, the printed image and a layer of the clear ribbon are applied to the DVD disc. The finished product emerges dry, durable, and ready to handle. Thermal printing is also the quietest print technology due to the absence of moving parts. Considerably faster than other technology, thermal printers offer high reliability and high print quality. With thermal printers, text and images will always be sharp and of high quality. Customers are now able to enjoy a professional look and feel of a homemade CD/DVD.

 

There are a few different brands for these thermal printers. Rimage, the company that introduced several compact disc printing technologies and credited with coining the term CD publishing, offers some of the best known thermal printers in the industry. The following chart includes some of the most noted features of Rimage most popular thermal printers. (Please click if you are looking for selections of inkjet printers, such as Rimage 480i.)


Item

Everest II Rimage

Rimage Prism Plus!

Spot color

Good

Excellent

Color graphics

Excellent

Excellent

Photos

Excellent

Good

Text and copy

Excellent

Excellent

Moisture resistance

Excellent

Excellent

Humidity resistance

Excellent

Excellent

Scratch resistance

Excellent

Good

UV stability

Excellent

Excellent

Speed for full color

Less than 60 seconds

Less than 10 seconds

Speed for mono

Good

Excellent

Cost to acquire

Higher

Medium

Cost to print

$ .33

$ .04


The Rimage Everest II Thermal Printer can produce an offset-quality printing, photo-realistic color, and resolution that exceeds most screen printing discs in less than 60 seconds. The Everest II thermal printers utilizes Rimage's patented retransfer printing process. The CMY panels are first printed to a clear retransfer ribbon inside the printer. Then, using heat and pressure, the printed image and a layer of the clear ribbon are applied to the disc. The finished product emerges dry, durable, and ready to handle. The pigmented ink on the Everest II ribbons is UV protected, ensuring vibrant colors throughout the life of a disc. And because the ink is not water based, it will not smear or scratch off. This enables discs to be used for commercial distribution because Everest II printed discs can withstand the rigors from day-to-day.


Like Everest II, Rimage PrismPlus Thermal Printers uses Rimage’s exclusive direct thermal transfer technology for media printing. With this, PrismPlus printers inherits the benefits of no drying or curing time. It also has the rugged durability for 24/7 usage. The PrismPlus thermal printer is available in a variety of configurations. For easy, economical desktop use, there's the stand alone PrismPlus. For batch printing, there is the Rimage AutoPrismPlus, an automatically loading printer that connects to a PC via USB connection. 


On the other hand, Rimage’s competitor, Primera, also services a different group of the market with more economical thermal printers. The Primera Signature Z1 CD/DVD Printer can help you get rid of the outdated expensive sticky labels and the unprofessional looking marking pens. The Signature Z1 automatically rotates to print up to four different areas. The surface is printed with tough, waterproof, thermal transfer ink in black or other color options-- blue, red, and green.


Primera’s higher end thermal CD/DVD printers can also produce professional printings. Primera Inscripta thermal printer is one of the world’s faster CD/DVD printers. It is capable of printing 0.5” per second with the maximum print width 4.48” (114mm). Like other thermal printers, Inscripta uses thermal transfer ink which are highly scratch /smudge-resistant and completely waterproof. But what makes Inscripta stand out from the crowd is that it can print highly durable text and colorful graphics onto most standard lacquer surface DVD-R Discs, eliminating the need for special printable-surface discs. Also, the color choices of ink offered for this model are vast (black, orange, red, shamrock green, forest green, royal blue, brown, and wine) and the “drop-in” ribbons are easy to replace/ change.