Solid ink printers, also known as phase-change printers, are a type of thermal transfer printer.They use solid sticks of CMYK-coloured ink, similar in consistency to candle wax, which are melted and fed into a piezo crystal operated print-head.
The paper then passes over the print drum, at which time the image is immediately transferred, or transfixed, to the page.
Solid ink printers are most commonly used as colour office printers, and are excellent at printing on transparencies and other non-porous media.Solid ink printers can produce excellent results.
Drawbacks of the technology include high energy consumption and long warm-up times from a cold state.Also, some users complain that the resulting prints are difficult to write on, as the wax tends to repel inks from pens, and are difficult to feed through automatic document feeders, but these traits have been significantly reduced in later models.
Every copy, that is a print, is commonly called a print. The printing also means various techniques for copying text and graphics using traditional methods, using printing machines, as well as modern computer methods with the use of computer peripherals, such as printers, plotters, etc.- although such prints should be called printouts. The introduction of computer techniques and digital printing to printers has meant that printing is also often understood as printing done on an industrial scale by means of adapted printing machines.
Laser printing is an electrostatic digital printing process.It produces high-quality text and graphics (and moderate-quality photographs) by repeatedly passing a laser beam back and forth over a negatively charged cylinder called a "drum" to define a differentially charged image.1 The drum then selectively collects electrically charged powdered ink (toner), and transfers the image to paper, which is then heated in order to permanently fuse the text, imagery, or both. As with digital photocopiers, laser printers employ a xerographic printing process.