One thing missing from the article on Wikipedia article on thermal printers is historical background. I have read that Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments co-invented the world's first thermal printer, presumably some time in the 1970s . . . but do not know exactly when or who the other co-inventor is.
Tim Newfields Tokyo University, Tokyo
Isn't there a type of thermal printer that doesn't need special paper? I think I've seen it before. It just burns the printout onto regular paper.
what is the advantage of thermal printer?
"Thermal printing is notable for being the only[verification needed] form of (non-embossing) printing which involves no ink."