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FanFold-D V5

High-speed single-tractor-fed braille printer at a truly affordable price.  

  • Speed up to 1000 pages per hour
  • Low noise level 
  • Simple and effective construction
  • Easy on-site maintenance
  • Smart user interface
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A landmark in production embossers

Traditional high-speed fanfold paper

By tradition continuous fanfold paper is the mostly used paper format in braille printing for high volume production. This is because it enables printing of a full box of paper continuously without being monitored.


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Noise-canceling design

The FanFold-D's noise level is the lowest among other high-speed braille printers. This has been achieved by: 
  • Completely ​sealed unit including paper in and out bins
  • Ventilation through mufflers
  • Stable acoustic hood with internal damping of the noise energy 

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Support sideways z-folding

In addition to printing braille horizontally, the FanFold-D V5 can also print vertically. This makes it possible to print new formats with simplified binding. 

Advantages with sideways z-folding:
  • More effective paper-out handling.
  • Less risk of mixing or twisting braille printout paper during manual binding.
  • Easier binding of braille document.

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Light to sharpen the design

Light is an important design component in all V5 embossers and a hallmark for its technology level. It is used as a guide in the user interface and a decoration in the embosser. 

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FanFold-D technology

Built with all latest Index V5 platform technologies and features, FanFold-D V5 replaces the earlier tractor-fed embosser 4Waves PRO. It is better, lower priced, lighter, smaller and easier to maintain.
   Technology                  Fan Fold-D            4Waves PRO
Speed 300 CPS 300 CPS
Price 16.995 USD 24.995 USD
Volume 473 dm3 1348 dm3
Printing principle 1 module with 3 heads 4 separate modules with 1 head in each module
Paper size 11 or 12 inch 11 or 12 inch
Ports Wi-Fi and wired network, Bluetooth, USB, and UDB host USB, wired network and serial
Braille editor Support Index direct Braille and external braille editor Require external braille editor
Lights Light-up printing module and paper in/out movement No light
Smart user interface Modern menu structure, backlit keys and text V3 user interface
Noise level 63 dB(A) 63 dB(A)

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Less is more

FanFold-D has a straight forward design concept using the well-proven BrailleBox's embossing platform, extended with formula tractors of the same types used in Basic-D V4/V5 all packed in an acoustic hood.


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Easy on-site maintenance

Maintaining FanFold-D on site can be done without a trained technician. This major step is possible because:
  • No mechanical adjustment is required.
  • No lubrication of moving parts. This eliminates the problem of dust and reduces the cleaning need.
  • The complete mechanic printing module is accessable after opening the glass lid.
  • Only a few modules: embossing module with driver electronic board, electronic modul with power supply, CPU board, the user interface and a few sensors.
  • Sensors and firmware upgrades are shown by light-up text.
  • Web interface to monitor embosser status, etc. 
  • Remote support from Index factory. 
  • Exploded view drawings combined with web shop make spare parts assessable for everyone.  


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High resolution tactile graphics

Braille books including tactile graphics

FanFold-D makes it possible to include tactile graphics in a braille book. A high resolution tactile graphic page can be included in any position in a braille book as long as the braille editor supports this function. The only limitation is that tactile graphic page is single sided, as printing braille on the back side reduces the tactile image quality.

Old expensive graphic printing

Traditionally it was complicated to add tactile graphic into a braille book. This was because the production braille printers did not support tactile graphic, the horizontal dot distance was typically always the same, and only the distance between lines was possible to reduce.

The tactile graphics quality created in this way was so low that it was not accepted by users. Instead the normal way to add graphic has been to make it separately with swell forming. This method is expensive, manual and complicated.

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Common features

Easy to understand control panel

The control panel is a local user interface which allows the user to interact with the braille embosser and provides complete embosser control.

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BrailleApp printing and more

Index V5 printers supports the use of the BrailleApp. The BrailleApp is available when the V5 printer is connected to your LAN (wired or WiFi), simply type the IP addess of your printer in the serach window of the browser. The BrailleApp is now presented on PC's, mobile pones, pads and adapted to the screen size.
  • Supports all major operation systems, Windows, iOS, Android, Linux and Unix
  • Print braille from standard files (docx, doc, pdf) in literary or contracted braille
  • Edit the translated braille file in six-key braille characters or MIT ASCII
  • Manage Braille layout
  • Manage printer communication, USB, WiFi, Bluetooth 
  • Monitor printer; printer status, update firmware, Bluetooth, WiFi, Wired network, USM memory on the printer and printe status. 

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Even better braille quality

The new generation V5 solenoids (introduced 2018-10-17) offer even better braille dot quality, a longer life cycle, possibility to increase printing speed and lower power consumption.

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idB: Index-direct-Braille

idB is a direct braille printing application built in the V5 braille embosser. It is available free of charge and compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computers. 

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Affordable price

Full of truly useful features and endless braille embossing opportunities, Index V5 braille embossers  still maintain the most affordable braille printer price comparatively.

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Acapela synthetic speech

In V5 embossers the speech feedback is generated by Acapela synthetic speech. This enables easy feedback when controlling the embosser user interface.  

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Highest Braille quality

All models of Index printers print braille of higest quality. The dot height is 0,50 mm,  placed with a precision of 0,05 mm on the paper and consistant formed during continious braille production. Index specification exceeds the defined dot heigth, dot form, spacing and position for countries around the world. 

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Remote support

Get Index Braille embosser support from anywhere in the world by simply connecting to our remote support function embedded in the V5 embosser.

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USB host port

Connect a USB memory stick directly to any Index V5 braille embosser via USB host port to directly print braille documents or back-up/restore embosser settings.

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For FanFold-D V5.

Latest Firmware

Latest V5 Firmware

Firmware V5 2020-02-11 release: It upgrades V5 embossers with new functionality and several important bug fixes.






V5 BrailleBox pick-up motor fix

The montage of the pick-up motor on BrailleBox V5 has been made with sligtly too long screews. To solve this potential issue is recommended to ad washers to the two screws. S/n 6549 and above has correct screw length.




Technical specification


Embossing speed cps

330 cps



Vertical printing (booklet)

Adjustable line spacing

Braille font

2.5 mm

Tactile resolution

20 dpi

Forming method

3 printing heads with 13 solenoids in each



USB memory stick

Wi-Fi network

Wired network


Supports mobile devices

Printer driver for Windows

Printer driver for Mac

Printer driver for Linux

Web interface

Free firmware upgrade

Supports idB



100-240 V AC

Power max

400 W

Power stand by

5 W

Eco power down

1.0 W

Switched power supply





4 years

cps/1000 USD


Produced by

Produced by:
Index Braille
Hantverksvägen 20
954 33 Gammelstad



102 cm (40.16 in)


90 cm (35.43 in)


62 cm (24.41 in)

Net volume

569.16 dm3 (20.1 ft3)

Net weight

100 kg (220 lbs)

Noise level

63 dB(A)

Noise level with acoustic protection



Cut sheet fed


Paper roll


Sheet feeder size

1000 pages

Paper weight

120-180 g/m2 (80-110 lbs)

Paper width

5-12,8 in

Paper length

8-12 in

Adjustable paper size

Fixed paper size