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What Are The Differences Between Inkjet And Thermal Discs?

The main difference between Inkjet and Thermal Discs are the surfaces.  Just like in normal printing, the type of paper you use determines the type of print quality you will receive.  If you print on regular copy paper you won’t have a glossy eye-popping surface.  If you print on photographic paper the color and contrast will pop and it will be a glossy finish. 

Unlike regular silver DVDs, Inkjet discs are manufactured with a special Inkjet white coating.  The coating is course by design to allow the micro-droplets of ink from the printer to absorb into the surface.   Inkject discs have a matte type finish and are not glossy. 

When you look at a Thermal Disc there is a notable difference.  A Thermal DVD printer, unlike a inkjet printer, has a 4-color ribbon of solid pigment that is transferred on a disc under a combination of heat and pressure. The disc itself has a smooth glossy finish because no ink needs to be absorbed.  This creates a beautiful, high quality image that has a professional gloss and shine.

Because there is such a drastic difference between how the surfaces of the discs are designed, using the wrong type of disc in a printer it is not designed for can be disasterous.  Always use discs that are recommended for your printer. 

At CC Video Duplication, we use high quality Thermal Discs for short-run duplication to give you the best possible product.  Stop by, or visit our contact page to call or email us to request a sample.

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