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Thermal CD printers

Discussion in 'Electronic Repair Modifications DIY' started by Dr_Willie_OBGYN, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    What does thermal CD printing look like? Can it be rubbed off? Does it stick ink to the CD?

    I've got a bunch of overstock of CD's that I want to giveaway at places like Guitar Center. I want to print "Free CD - Not for resale".
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    If they're discs designed specifically for thermal printing, they should give you a pretty durable finish. You should be pretty happy with the results.

    Thermal prints are fairly moisture resistant and they'll take quite a bit of abuse before you see the print scratching. Probably the next best thing to a professional silkscreen print-job.

    If the discs aren't designed for any kind of printing, the ink will not absorb into the surface. It will just bead up, and smear right off that slick surface.
  3. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    Thanks for the reply. The CD's question are no different than any CD's you'd buy in the store. Are commercial CD's thermal printable?
    I'm guessing that I'm probably out of luck. I was looking for a cheap printer to add text to these CD's. Maybe just scribbling by hand is gonna be the best way, or actually a rubber stamp would do the trick if I can find the right ink.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    For sure, Sharpie is the cheapest way to go. And if the handwriting is nice and easy to read, that should be OK. A good first impression is very important in any business, but especially the music business.

    If you're aiming a little higher than Sharpie - maybe you can check any of the good west coast suppliers and see if they have anything that fits your budget. I use the Ritek and TY inkjet discs in my set-up. Both top quality discs 29ยข/each or less.

    Each printing technology has to have a specific disc surface to work. [Lightscribe, inkjet, thermal]

    I don't know anything about Lightscribe, but if you know someone with that capability - that would be a reasonable option.

    On-disc printing equipment is an expensive leap - and the ink for them is outrageously expensive too ( in my opinion ). I'll bet your local music-scene magazines are full of ads for short-run duplication houses. You might be surprised how affordable it is to have them do the print-job and duplication. Compared to shelling out for a disc-printer and duplicating tower, it might be a better investment in your career to let a professional print them.
  5. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    I think I'm gonna look into finding some ink so that I can rubber stamp these. Writing on these by hand is just too slow. Now I just need to find the right ink. I can tell you that sharpie ink sticks on there great. Wish I could find an indelible ink pad.
  6. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    This may be slightly off-topic, but be sure you own the rights to the music on those CDs. Just because you are giving them away, does NOT mean you don't owe mechanical royalties to the copyright holder.

    Not sure if this applies to you, but for others who may read this.

    Mechanical royalties are best handled through the Harry Fox agency


    PS There are stickers that are available as well that can be printed w/ any laser printer. PM me if you need some cheap. I have a bunch since we've moved to a CD laser printer.
  7. Dr_Willie_OBGYN

    Dr_Willie_OBGYN Active Member

    These are my CD's. Comedy CD's actually. People would be able to peel off stickers. Probably takes just as much time to stick a sticker on there as to write "FREE' with a sharpie.
  8. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Good point Phil.

    I assumed he was promoting himself and his original music with these giveaway CDs. From the way the question was worded it never occurred to me it might be anything else. I probably shouldn't have jumped to that conclusion so quickly. Mea culpa.

    I'm sure music piracy is covered in the Hippocratic oath. Next you'll be telling me, you don't think he's really doctor.

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