Although I have not tested printers extensively, all printers seem to
adversely affect discs to one extent or another. I cannot generalize,
because results vary widely between printers and media.
Dye types and thermo/mechanical isolation provided by the printable surface
appear to be significant media variables. Temperature and time are of course
important for thermal printers. Ink jet velocity (force) may be important,
and high resolution print heads may generate greater force per unit area.
If the issue is important, we could always test a recorded disc for you
before and again after printing.
Media Sciences, Inc.
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Using CD/DVD Printers
> Jones, Randye wrote:
> > I've been looking at ads for a CD/DVD Printer with interest and noticed
> > that reviews speak highly about the quality of the printer. However,
> > none mention the short- or long-term impact of printing on the disc.
> > Have any of you had experience with or knowledge of whether using the
> > printer affects the disc?
> Jerry may have tested and if so will surely report in general terms. I
> use a Casio thermal printer which offers several advantages over other
> forms including that I expect it to have no effect on longevity of the
> disc. An inkjet has at least the potential to cause harm depending on
> the ink and the printable surface.
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