Daisy wheel printer

Updated: 04/26/2017 by Computer Hope
daisy wheel printer

A daisy wheel printer is an early type of impact printer invented in 1969 by David S. Lee at Diablo Data Systems. The printer uses a metal or plastic disk containing each of the letters, numbers, and other characters it supports. When printing, the printer rotates the disk to each character and, using a hammer, strikes each character into an ink ribbon to create characters on paper.

Daisy wheel printers were popular in the 1970s and 1980s, but are no longer used today. They have a low quality of print, are very slow and loud, and were replaced by laser printers as they came down in cost.

Printer, Printer terms, Ribbon