Cassette for a thermal printer

  • US 5,658,083 A
  • Filed: 06/06/1995
  • Issued: 08/19/1997
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/12/1993
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A printing device adapted for cooperation with a tape holding case holding at least a supply of image receiving tape having an image receiving layer and a backing layer, said tape holding case having an outlet through which the image receiving tape can be fed out in a direction lengthwise of the image receiving tape and, adjacent the outlet, a wall portion having a tape support surface arranged to support the image receiving tape during cutting and at least one stepped portion and defining, at a cutting location, a slot situated beneath the tape and extending across the width of the tape, the printing device comprising:

  • a print head;

    a cutting mechanism including a cutter support member comprising a blade;

    a tape holding surface positioned and located to hold the tape during cutting and means for moving the blade into the slot through the whole thickness of the tape while the tape is held by the tape holding surface on both sides of the cutting location to cut-off a portion of the tape, said tape holding surface also bending the tape over said stepped portion of said tape support surface while the tape is being cut, such that when the tape is released from the tape holding and tape support surfaces, the image receiving layer and backing layer tend to separate from one another at the cut edge; and

    a platen rotatable to feed tape out of the tape holding case, said platen also cooperating with the print head when printing on the image receiving tape.

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