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Zink (printing)

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Zink (stylised as ZINK, a portmanteau of zero and ink) is a full-color printing technology[1] for digital devices that does not require ink cartridges and prints in a single pass.[2]

Polaroid Zink printer
Dell Wasabi PZ310 Zink printer
Polaroid Socialmatic Zink camera

The printing technology and its thermal paper are developed by Zink Holdings LLC, a U.S. company, with offices in Edison, New Jersey, and Billerica, Massachusetts, and a manufacturing facility in Whitsett, North Carolina. Zink Holdings makes all the paper,[2] and makes a printer for printing labels and other designs on rolls of Zink zRoll; it licenses its technology to other companies that make compact photo printers, and combined camera / compact photo printers. Key licensees include HP, Lifeprint, Prynt, and C&A Global.

The Zink technology started as a project inside Polaroid Corporation in the 1990s, which spun out Zink as a fully independent company in 2005.