ZT2x0 DT (Direct Thermal) Printer conversion options for Ribbon Compatibility

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Topic or Information

Can a ZT2x0 DT Series Printer (Direct Thermal with no ribbon spindles) be converted to a ZT2x0 TT (Thermal Transfer i.e. Ribbon compatible)?
Is there a field kit to upgrade a ZT2x0 DT to ZT2x0 TT?
Can I add ribbon spindles to my printer?

Applies To

ZT210, ZT220, ZT230 DT printers


A customer may have ordered the wrong printer or after use finds their application now requires use of a ribbon.  

​There are separate Print Mechanism, Spindle, and Gear kit combinations that will allow for field conversion from a DT model to a TT model. Zebra will not support non-authorized repair or rework of the printer. A customer has the following options if they require this conversion. 

  • If the wrong printer was ordered contact the Zebra Reseller for a printer replacement. 
  • Contact your Zebra Service Provider and request a printer conversion to Thermal Transfer
  • Have a local authorized Zebra Service Tech perform the conversion after ordering the following parts.

The Print Mechanism must be replaced. This kit is Part Number is P1037974-013. Installation instructions for the Print Mech. Read More>>

Spindles and Gears are also required as described here based on your specific printer model.

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+ Product Codes

  • Industrial Printers
  • ZT200 Series Industrial Printers
  • ZT210 Industrial Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer
  • ZT230 Industrial Printer