FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

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FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby kevman3d on Sun Mar 29, 2015 6:31 pm

Thought I'd post this just in case anybody else here has an Alphacom/Timex printer that needs paper. Recently I decided I wanted to resurrect the old Alphacom 32 printer I had here.

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I was pretty sure I had no paper, so I went scouring - no idea what I needed, I did a little measuring and found this great source from TRD Printer supplies online. 6 rolls for $20.63 (plus $4 shipping)

http://www.trdnz.co.nz/collections/thermal-rolls/products/110x48-thermal-rolls

Works great...

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Here's what 30 year old thermal paper looks like - it was what was still in the printer when I pulled it out. Still printed fine, and amusingly the central tube was about 3 x thicker then the new rolls. Seems in the 80's you got less paper for your money... :lol:

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But yeh - there you have it... Luckily it uses standard thermal because I have no idea where you can by ZX Printer paper these days - that said, I have about 7 or so rolls here in case I ever want the smell or paper skew/jamming experience again.
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby Gibsaw on Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:07 am

Very cool. I imagine that would be wicked hard to get, and close to impossible if POS terminals didn't still use a lot of thermal.
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby kevman3d on Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:23 am

Gibsaw wrote:Very cool. I imagine that would be wicked hard to get, and close to impossible if POS terminals didn't still use a lot of thermal.


Oh, no doubt that's the case... I figure I was pretty lucky finding the exact size I needed - I thought the printer had some kind of odd size I would need to have had custom cut, but I figure that 110mm wide rolls are standard for something non-ZX specific... :lol:
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby Gibsaw on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:34 am

I vaguely remember a Sinclair printer using some weird silver coloured stuff too. Anyone remember those?
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby kevman3d on Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:24 pm

Gibsaw wrote:I vaguely remember a Sinclair printer using some weird silver coloured stuff too. Anyone remember those?


Yup - it is a very thin Aluminium coated paper. From what I remember (ie. I'm not going to drag out the printer to recall the experience) last I used it, it smelt pretty bad as it printed (since it literally burnt the aluminium off the paper), it jammed and skewed the paper a lot and overall wasn't the best quality at all.

The Alphacom is a way superior piece of hardware afaiac - plus printing on white paper is way better for legibility. I still have a few printouts laying about that are surprisingly readable after 30 years. Of course, it helped that they've been stored inside books and boxes so that the sun and heat haven't gotten to them. That said, the creases where it was folded over are a little worn.
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby kevman3d on Mon Mar 30, 2015 5:57 pm

Actually, I found a place selling ZX Paper. Though its GBP 4.17 per roll, and GBP 4.99 shipping...

http://sintech-shop.co.uk/sinclair/silver-paper-for-zx-printer/a-3011/
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Re: FYI : good thermal paper for an Alphacom 32...

Postby Carcenomy on Mon Mar 30, 2015 11:54 pm

Normal receipt printers for POS applications are usually between 57 and 80mm, 110mm is more common in industrial applications and label printers. Good find.
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