Well suited to many industries, including healthcare, hospitality, and government, ID Card Printers are used for badges for Company employees, Student Identity Cards, Payment cards, Access control cards, Club membership cards, Company Loyalty cards and more
There are mainly 2 types of ID card printers
– Direct-to-Card Printer
– Retransfer ID Card Printer
Direct-to-card printers are also known as DTC or dye-sublimation printers. This is the most common type of ID card printer. They are mainly used to produce photo ID cards, loyalty cards, membership cards, and more.
Retransfer printers use a 2-step reverse transfer printing process. This will securely bind the design to cards. Initially, via ribbon, the design is printed onto an overlay film. This film is then combined with the surface of the card by pressure and heat. This result in increased quality and durability
No border is left around the edge of the surface as Re-transfer card printers print over the edge, ensuring printed ID cards have a truly professional look. Complex card designs contain solid block colors that can be printed using Retransfer ID Card Printers.
Both Direct-to-Card Printer & Retransfer ID Card Printers come in single-side and dual-side printers. In single-sided printers, only one side can be printer whereas, in dual-sided printers, it can print on both sides of the card.
2 types of cartridges, Monochrome & YMCK (Color), are available.
To print onto access control cards and smart cards containing a raised chip, Retransfer printing is ideal, as the print head does not make direct contact with the card. Therefore there is no risk of the chip causing any damage to the print head.
Which printer to choose from? Which printer is ideal for you? This entirely depends on your needs. If you want to print into blank cards, then Direct-to-Card printers will be ideal.
If you want to print astonishing designs, access control cards, and cards with chips then Retransfer ID Card Printers will be ideal.