impact printer


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impact printer

[im′pakt]
a mechanical printer that imprints computer characters on paper by striking it as a typewriter does, usually through an inked ribbon. Compare nonimpact printer. See also dot-matrix printer.
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Impact printers, such as line printers and dot-matrix printers, are inexpensive and hold up well in harsh environments, but they print at relatively low resolutions-usually too low for reliably printing bar codes.
This technology allows impact printers to do something no other printer can: produce carbon copies using multi-part forms.