There are lots of different types of printer ink, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We’ve been looking at the most common types of ink for laser printers and inkjet printers, but there are more general categories to be aware of as well – here’s what you need to know.

  • Liquid Ink. Just as the name implies, this ink comes in liquid form. Liquid ink is most often used in inkjet printers and can be found in either dye-based or pigmented forms.
  • Solid Ink. Some printers use solid ink instead of liquid ink. This is a waxy ink with a consistency similar to a crayon. Solid ink printers heat the ink and apply it to the printing surface, where it dries and cures.
  • Toner. As mentioned above when discussing laser printer ink, toner is a dry powder composed of a large number of plastic particles. The toner is heated and applied to the printing surface with a drum.
  • Ribbon Ink. Ribbon ink is most often used with dot matrix printers and thermal transfer printers. In both cases, an ink-soaked ribbon is pressed against the page to print. Thermal transfer printers, the ribbon has a wax or resin coating that is melted by a heated print head.
  • UV Ink. UV ink is cured onto the printing surface in the presence of UV light. This type of ink dries very quickly, but it is among the most expensive.
  • 3D Printing Ink. “Ink” is not actually the best term to use when referring to 3D printing material. The materials that most 3D printers actually use is resin. While fairly pricey, resin is available in a wide range of colors and with various materials for creating 3D objects.

Consider the different types of printer ink to ensure you match up the right kind with your existing printer. If you have a laser printer, seek toner, and if you have an inkjet printer, opt for an ink cartridge. Be sure to match up makes and models or your printer and replacement ink if applicable.

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