The main types of Thermal Transfer Ribbon are Wax, Wax/Resin Hybrids, Resin, and Color / Metallic.

Among each main type are a variety of subtypes and grades depending on the material being printed and the intended application.

Depending on the specific application and environment that the label is subject to will determine what specific ribbon products will work best.

Each ribbon variety offers different degrees of printability on materials, as well as different levels of resistance to heat, abrasion, chemicals, solvents, or other harsh environments. 

As such, it is recommended to test a few varieties of ribbon when working with a new application or material substrate.