Zebra Media Z-Ultimate 3000T White TT Label (for Mid-Range/High-End printers) / 51mm x 13mm / Perm Adhesive / 9449 p/r [Box of 10 Rolls]
Direct Thermal Zebra Labels will change color (usually black) when heated. A heating element (such as a print-head) can be used to create an image on the label. Custom labels can be easily made on location in this way. A disadvantage is durability, because another heat source can ruin or obscure the image, or it may fade completely over time.
These Zebra Labels are printed on via a Thermal Transfer Ribbon. The cost of the ribbons plus the thermal transfer labels is similar to that of the direct thermal labels on their own. This material has the advantage of a much longer readable life and does not fade with time or heat.
Most Zebra Thermal Printers can be used for either Zebra Thermal Transfer (TT) or Zebra Thermal (DT) labels.
Various Plastics such as acetate, vinyl, and PET allow a variety of features, such as greater strength, flexibility transparency, resistance to tearing, etc. They typically require special equipment and printing methods (ultra-violet curing is common) as they do not normally print well with conventional ink. A car sticker is usually a vinyl label with a very strong, durable adhesive and lightfast inks. Embossing tape is "printed" by pressing raised elements similar to printing type onto it, which produces raised glyphs that look white due to discoloration of the plastic. A type known as 'Destructible Vinyl' is commonly used for asset labels. It combines a very thin frangible face stock with a very strong high tack adhesive, thus making the label impossible to remove without damaging it.
Foil - has the shiny properties of a metal foil.