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Thermal Paper Printer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000047921D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Fowler, KJ Hafer, CH [+details]

Abstract

An electrothermal printer is described in which printing is accomplished by an electrothermal ribbon operating in contact with thermally sensitive paper. The printer utilizes an electrothermal ribbon 1 in contact with thermally sensitive paper 2. Ribbon 1 comprises a resistive layer 3 and a conductive layer 4. A styli assembly 5 is mounted in contact with resistive layer 3, and individual ones of styli 5 are momentarily energized by being temporarily coupled by switches 6 to a voltage source 7 so that a circuit through contact plate 8 and conductive layer 4 is formed to heat a small discrete area of ribbon 1. Each discrete area of the ribbon 1, as so heated, causes a discrete area 12 of the paper 2 to change color.