Benchling is currently compatible with printers that use Zebra Programming Language (ZPL). The platform can support any Zebra printer that uses "ZPL" or "ZPL and EPL", but there are printers made by other manufacturers that also support ZPL. This article includes:
Printer compatibility requirements
For compatibility with Benchling's label printing capabilities, printers must:
Be ZPL compatible
Have Ethernet (Recommended) or USB connection
USB is supported but not recommended because of scalability
Use thermal transfer
We recommend the ZD420 series. This printer series can support many connectivity options in the long term, but any printer that supports Zebra's Link-OS is acceptable.
Ultimately, choose the Zebra printer that best suits your lab and workflow.
Resources for finding a Zebra printer for your lab setup
These resources can help you determine the Zebra-brand printer your lab will need:
Card printers: print secure IDs, gift cards, financial cards, or personnel badges with single- or double-sided plastic card printing
Desktop printers: compact, simple to operate, reliable, and cost effective
Industrial printers: ideal for a wide variety of high- to mid-volume industrial applications in manufacturing, transportation, logistics, government, retail, and healthcare
Mobile printers: portable printing for a variety of barcode needs