Microcom 438TC Ticket and Label Printer

A tiny printer for big ideas. Because size really does matter.

Key Features include:

  • USB and serial connectivity
  • Optional Ethernet
  • Compact footprint
  • Automatic self feed
  • Optional cutter and catch trays
  • Configurable black line sensor
  • 100% duty cycle printing
  • Field replaceable wear parts

Applications include:

  • Live Event Ticketing
  • Admissions Processing
  • Wrist Bands
  • Asset Management
  • Retail
  • Warehousing

Building upon the successful 428 platform, the 438TC gains an upgraded CPU that differentiates it from its predecessor. That change means more power, more memory, and more speed which translates to a better user experience. Microcom’s STL and LDS printer languages are still available to allow users complete control and to produce custom fonts, language, barcodes, and graphics. Along with its small footprint - 7.3” (185mm) x 5.8” (148mm), Microcom’s 438TC offers a long list of standard features: 203 dpi print resolution, up to 8” per second print speed, auto loading capabilities, and adjustable black line or gap sensors. Combine these with our optional features to create a reliable and affordable printer suitable for any application. This model is securely enclosed in a durable metal case with an industrial strength print mechanism permitting use in even the toughest environments.

Performance Summary

  • 203 or 300 dpi resolution
  • Up to 8” (203mm) per second
  • Auto loading capability
  • Microsoft Windows® OS compatible
  • Microcom Hi-Speed USB Windows Driver, Microcom LDS or STL Programming Languages
  • Adjustable black line sensor configurable to sense left or right edge, bottom or top of media
  • Industrial cabinet
  • USB and serial interface
  • Optional Ethernet communication port
  • Optional high reliability rotary cutter
  • Software controlled print contrast adjustment
  • Self-centering and locking media guides

Bar Codes

  • Code 39
  • Codabar
  • Interleaved 2 of 5
  • Postnet
  • GS1-128 (UCC/EAN 128)
  • Intelligent Mail (4-State)
  • Planet
  • Code 128
  • PDF-417
  • GS1 DataMatrix (ECC 200)
  • And More


  • 7 Resident including OCR-A and OCR-B
  • Downloadable font support
  • All fonts expandable in height and width up to 255X and 255Y
  • 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees font and bar code printing


  • Up to 20MB Flash
  • Up to 8MB RAM


  • Direct thermal, on-demand label/ticket and batch mode printing
  • Paper width: 2”- 4.375” (50.8mm-111mm)
  • Paper thickness: up to .011” (.28mm)
  • Prints on roll or fan-folded paper
  • 1” (25.4mm) wristband printing with option kit

Physical Dimensions

  • Height-7.4” (188mm)
  • Width-7.3” (185mm)
  • Depth-5.8” (148mm)
  • Weight-10.2 lbs. (4.6 kg)

Environmental Conditions

  • Relative humidity: 10-85% non-condensing
  • Operation temperature: 40° to 104° F (5° to 40° C)
  • Power supply: Internal Supply with Auto-Sensing; 90-264 VAC, 3.5/1.5 A, 47-63 Hz


  • cTUVus
  • FCC Class-A
  • RoHS


  • One year limited warranty
View 438TC thermal printer spec sheet