Daisy Wheel Printer

An almost obsolete type of printer.

A daisy wheel printer has a small plastic 'wheel' with spokes running out from its centre. At the end of each spoke there is a flat part that has a raised alphanumeric character shape.

The way it works is that the wheel is rotated to bring a character up against an ink-ribbon. Then a tiny hammer pushes the shape on to the ribbon causing a letter or number to appear on the paper behind the ribbon.

Daisy wheel printers are noisy and slow compared to modern ink-jet and laser printers.

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