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Gamma Electronics Heat Shrink Tubing Printers Comparison
Gamma Electronics offers several different types of heat shrink printers, built to print on and cut heat shrink per your specifications. In other posts we’ve discussed the advantages of these types of printers, (called Thermal Transfer Printers), and we’ve even given advice as to when you should look at investing in such a printer. This post is meant to purely offer a comparative look at the 3 different printers we offer and where you might use one over another.
So rather than opening multiple tabs and trying to find and sift through loads of information we put it all in one place for you. You’re welcome.
The Gamma Bolt is a printer designed to be used in shops who need to print on heat shrink in low to medium volumes. The Gamma Bolt will print on and cut heat shrink in sizes ranging from 1/16 up to 2.5 inches and in lengths from a minimum of a 1/2 inch up to any length. It comes with Gamma Label, our proprietary software that makes designing labels for and printing on heat shrink easy.
The Gamma Bolt is perfect for shops that need to print on heat shrink often but not in volumes in the several thousands (at a time).
The Gamma Mark III Plus prints on and cuts heat shrink and has the added bonus of being able to perforate heat shrink if you so choose. It is capable of printing on heat shrink sizes ranging from 1/16 inch up to 2.5 inches. It can also print and cut (or perforate) in lengths as small as .25 inches up to whatever length you want. More impressively it can print up to 11 inches/second. The Mark III Plus also comes with Gamma Label.
The Gamma Mark III Plus is a great high volume printer that can handle print jobs starting at 5,000 at a time and can go well beyond 10,000 at a time. The Gamma Mark III Plus is built to be the heat shrink labeling workhorse for shops that need to print in very high volumes.
The Gamma Double Mark is so named because of its ability to do double sided prints on either heat shrink or labels. While not able to print as fast as the Gamma Mark III Plus the Double Mark is able to handle the same workload, (several thousands at a time).
The Gamma Double Mark is intended for shops that need a high volume printer with that double sided printing ability.
Gamma Mark III Plus
Gamma Double Mark
|Printing Method||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer||Thermal Transfer|
|Key Features||Low to medium volume heat shrink tubing printer that prints on and cuts heat shrink to specifications. Comes with Gamma Label software.||High volume heat shrink printer that can print volumes starting at 5,000 labels at a time, at up to 11 inches per second. Can also cut or perforate heat shrink to specifications. Comes with Gamma Label software.||High volume heat shrink printer that can print and cut or perforate double sided labels.|
with Rotary Cutter $3,545
with Perf Cutter $3,900
with Rotary Cutter $11,800
with Perf Cutter $12,265
|Speed||Up to 4 inches/second||Up to 11 inches/second||Up to 5 inches/second|
|Resolution||300 DPI prints (12 dots per mm)||300 DPI standard, (600 also available)||300 DPI standard|
|Shrink Tube Sizes||(1/16”,3/32”,1/8”,3/16”, 1/4”,3/8”,1/2”,3/4”,1”,1.5”)||(1/16”,3/32”,1/8”,3/16”, 1/4”,3/8”,1/2”,3/4”,1”,1.5″, 2.25″, 2.5”)||(1/16”,3/32”,1/8”,3/16”, 1/4”,3/8”,1/2”,3/4”,1”,1.5″, 2.25″, 2.5”)|
|Size||8 (W) x 7.75 (H) x 11.5 (D) inches||9.92 (W) x 11.34 (H) x 18.11 (D) inches||14.1 (W) x 15.5 (H) x 21.8 (D) inches|
|PC Compatibility||Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10||Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10||Compatible with Windows 7, 8, 10|
Only you can decide what printer best meets your needs, pricepoint, etc. Our hope in making this chart was to make the information more quickly accessible so readers like you can make a more informed decision.