Thermal Transfer Ribbons | Wax and Resin Ribbons | Zebra

Thermal Transfer Ribbons

Quality-Tested Ribbons Give You Consistent, Premium Performance

Inferior thermal ribbons can lead to failed label performance, damaged printheads, lost productivity and ultimately reduced profits. Avoid it. With Zebra, you’re guaranteed premium print quality and performance consistency every time. How? Our supplies R&D team performs stringent quality tests to ensure our ribbons consistently deliver the best print quality and durability. What’s your result? Prolonged printhead life, decreased total cost of ownership and exceptional scanning performance.

  • Rigorously Tested to Perform

    We take quality seriously. Our supplies R&D team performs stringent print quality, durability and printhead life tests after printing on a wide range of material types, at various speeds within Zebra printers. So, you can rely on maximum printer up-time and scannable labels.

  • Find Your Match

    Choose from wax, wax/resin and resin formulations to meet the durability demands of your application when ideally matched to our thermal transfer materials. They are available for all of Zebra’s industrial and desktop printers. And, Zebra’s wax/resin and resin ribbons are UL certified.

  • Zero Substitutions

    At Zebra, we never substitute ribbons. So, you know you’ll receive the same formulation every time you order. This means consistent and reliable print quality and durability, eliminating potential interruptions to your operations.

Wax Ribbons

Works Best for Most Applications

Ideal for Use:

  • With paper materials
  • Where fast print speeds are required (Up to 12 ips)
  • In environments with little to no exposure to chemicals and/or abrasion
Rolls of Zebra wax ribbons

+ Wax Ribbon Features

Ribbon Formulation Ribbon Availability by Printer Type Key Features UL Certified Resources
1600 Economy Industrial and Desktop Provides good print performance at the best price. Works best for most general-purpose, short-term labeling applications. NA 1600 Economy Spec Sheet
2300 Standard Industrial and Desktop Offers good durability and high-quality rotated barcodes. NA 2300 Standard Spec Sheet

Wax/Resin Ribbons

Provides Good Abrasion and Chemical Resistance

Ideal for Use:

  • With top-coated paper and matte synthetic materials
  • In environments with moderate to harsh exposure to chemicals and/or abrasion
Rolls of Zebra wax resin ribbons

+ Wax/Resin Ribbon Features

Ribbon Formulation Ribbon Availability by Printer Type Key Features UL Certified Resources
3000 Standard Industrial and Desktop Compatible with uncoated and coated paper and synthetic materials.  Provides resistance to moderate to extreme chemicals and moderate abrasion. NA 3000 Spec Sheet
3600 High-Performance Industrial and Desktop Compatible with coated/uncoated gloss paper and synthetics.  Offers resistance to moderate chemicals, such as alcohol and bleach. NA 3600 Spec Sheet
3300 Performance Industrial and Desktop
Provides strong durability and can be used in many demanding wax/resin applications.
NA 3300 Spec Sheet
3200 Premium Industrial and Desktop Offers very good resistance to scratches and smears, everyday chemicals and higher temperatures when compared with conventional wax/resin ribbons Yes 3200 Spec Sheet

Resin Ribbons

Unmatched Print Quality and Durability

Ideal for Use:

  • With all synthetic materials and some topcoated labels and tags
  • In environments with harsh to extreme exposure to chemicals
  • When applications require strong resistance against ultra high temperatures and harsh outdoor environments
Rolls of Zebra resin ribbons

+ Resin Ribbon Features

Ribbon Formulation Ribbon Availability by Printer Type Key Features UL Certified Resources
4400 Standard Industrial and Desktop Produces images resistant to smearing, moisture,
abrasion, extreme temperature and moderate chemicals when printed on gloss paper and matte/gloss synthetic materials.
NA 4400 Spec Sheet
4800 Performance Industrial
Exhibits high print quality when printing dense barcodes and high-resolution graphics, while performing exceptionally well in environments prone to harsh chemicals and excess abrasion.
Yes 4800 Spec Sheet
5095 High-Performance Industrial and Desktop
Provides excellent chemical and temperature resistance, and features superb print quality, particularly when small fonts, graphics and rotated barcodes are desired.


5095 Spec Sheet
5100 Premium Industrial and Desktop Offers excellent print quality and durability in ultra high temperatures and harsh outdoor environments. Yes 5100 Spec Sheet
Image Lock Industrial and Desktop
Formulated to provide superior image durability without the use of a laminate. Excellent for extreme environments. Compatible with Zebra's Z-Extreme 5000T and 8000T Image Lock materials.
Yes Image Lock Spec Sheet
4820 High-Temperature Industrial and Desktop Provides optimal durability when subjected to high temperatures and high print quality when printing small fonts to meet the demands of the electronic industry. NA 4820 Spec Sheet
4900 Care Label Industrial and Desktop Exhibits excellent resistance to any challenging applications in the textile industry. Compatible with nylon and polyester satin materials. NA 4900 Spec Sheet